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  • Refugees and Migration - 20.09.2016

    Funding, housing and multilevel governance: new priorities for refugees in towns and regions
    Access to funding for towns and regions, access to housing for refugees and migrants, and true multilevel governance. Those are the three priorities that CEMR’s Task Force on Migrants and Refugees identified during their meeting last week. These priorities will be presented to the Commission: they need to be reflected in EU’s agenda.

    Among other priorities for local and regional governments, the Task Force also discussed the common European asylum policy, the integration of third country nationals, and the Urban Agenda.

    At the meeting, representatives from the European Commission, the OECD and the city of Amsterdam were namely present.
     
  • Better regulation - 25.08.2016

    Improving EU legislation: the local and regional perspective
    The Committee of the Regions has come out in general support of the European Commission’s approach to improving EU legislation, from a local and regional perspective. Namely, the Committee finds the Commission "recognises the specific role played by local and regional authorities in a range of areas affected substantially by EU regulation".

    Specifically, CIVEX, the Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs, has published a draft opinion on REFIT – the European Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme, that aims to keep EU law simple and efficient.

    Amendments can be submitted until 2 September.
     
  • World Mayor 2016 - 17.08.2016

    Nominate your candidate for the World Mayor Prize
    Nominate the mayor of your choice for the 2016 World Mayor Prize.

    This year, the theme for the World Mayor Prize is migrants and refugees. The winner will be a mayor “whose city has done the most to welcome immigrants and has used their skills to enrich and diversify society culturally, economically and socially.”

    Everyone is free to nominate a mayor, whether they are from a big city or a small town, as long as they can explain why they deserve the World Mayor Prize.

    If you would like to nominate a mayor for this prize, please fill in the following form.
     
  • Brexit - 02.08.2016

    LGA launches Brexit news bulletin
    Our English association, LGA, has just launched a Brexit bulletin.

    The bulletin updates on the role councils are playing in negotiating Britain's exit from the EU.

    You can sign up to the bulletin via this link.
     
  • Solidarity with Turkey - 20.07.2016

    CEMR expresses its condolences to Turkish citizens
    CEMR Secretary General, Frédéric Vallier, and CEMR President and mayor of Santander (Spain), Iñigo de la Serna, sent a letter to the President of our Turkish association, Union of Municipalities of Turkey, and Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş, to express their deepest condolences to the families of the victims that died in the recent events in Turkey.

    CEMR supports democratically elected governments and as such strongly condemns the attempted coup. The Turkish government should use this moment to stress the importance of democracy and the rule of law.
     
  • UNESCO Learning City Award - 20.07.2016

    Apply now for the 2017 UNESCO Learning City Award!
    The UNESCO Learning City Award is given to cities that have achieved outstanding progress in building learning cities. For instance, this means revitalising learning in families and communities, or fostering a culture of learning throughout life.

    Is your city committed to helping all its citizens learn new skills and competencies throughout life? To apply, send the Award Application Form before 31 August 2016.

     
  • LGA annual conference - 28.06.2016

    Only one week to go until LGA conference 2016!
    Our English association (LGA) will be hosting its annual conference from 5 to 7 July in Bournemouth.

    The conference will gather over 1,000 local government players to discuss key issues such as finance, housing, devolution, health and social care.

    Should you want to attend, you can register by clicking here.

    Join the discussions on twitter with the official hashtag: #LGAConf16
     
  • Local elections - 21.06.2016

    Second round of local elections in Italy
    The second round of the Italian local elections took place on Sunday 19 June.

    Here are the results for some of the major Italian cities:

    Rome: Virginia Raggi (M5S) won 67% of the vote

    Naples: Luigi di Magistris (left-wing independent) won 67% of the vote

    Milan: Giuseppe Sala (PD) won 52% of the vote

    Turin: Chiara Appendino (M5S) won 54% of the vote
  • Local elections - 06.06.2016

    Bucharest (Romania) elects its first woman mayor
    On Sunday 5 June, local elections took place in Romania. The Social Democrats (PSD) won the most votes: between 39% and 44% according to the latest results.

    The new mayor of Bucharest is Gabriela Firea (PSD), who won 43.56% of the vote. She is the first woman to ever be elected as mayor of the Romanian capital.

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