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PAYT - 12.08.2020
The PAYT Toolkit enables European cities to create systems that price in the cost of throwing away waste. It provides municipal administrations with a comprehensive process to institute PAYT: assessment of their current waste management situation, creation of appropriate IT systems, involvement of citizens and much more.
The Toolkit was created by the Italian municipality of Prato as part of EU Urban Agenda's partnership on circular economy. The urban Agenda directly connects European, national and city policymakers in order to improve regulation, knowledge and access to funding. CEMR represents European municipalities and its national associations within the Urban Agenda and actively contributes to most of the thematic partnerships.
Checkout the Urban Agenda website to discover some of the other actions being taken, from air quality to urban mobility. What’s more, you can also attend the next online meeting on 8 September of the platform for cooperation on the environment, dedicated to the circular economy as an enabler for a sustainable recovery. The outcome of the partnership's work will be presented at this event organised by the European Commission (DG Environment) and the Committee of the Regions.
Competitions - 03.08.2020
The European Green Leaf and Green Capital awards recognise and reward towns and cities for their environmental efforts. Contestants are judged based on their activities in a wide variety of areas, such as biodiversity, land use, air quality and noise, waste and circular economy, water, climate change, energy and mobility.
The rewards include a cash prize to be spent on environmental projects and a prestigious pan-European label.
Towns of between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants are eligible for the Green Leaf while cities of over 100,000 inhabitants can compete to become a European Green Capital. Towns and cities in the EU, EU candidate countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland may participate.
You can find out more and apply through this website. You have until 28 October 2020. Good luck!
Consultation - 30.07.2020
Local and regional governments and their associations are encouraged to send in their suggestions to the European Commission. Indeed, the EU’s executive intends to adopt a strategy to meet this target and ensure that the European transport sector is fit for a clean, digital and modern economy.
Objectives include: increasing the uptake of zero-emission vehicles, making sustainable alternative solutions available to the public and businesses, supporting digitalisation and automation, and improving connectivity and access.
Please click here for more information and to submit your suggestions. You have until 10 August to respond.
Public health - 29.07.2020
With this in mind, the World Health Organization has issued a short publication providing practical information to city governments fighting against the coronavirus, entitled Strengthening Preparedness for COVID-19 in Cities and Urban Settings Interim Guidance for Local Authorities.
The WHO provides a checklist of measures for cities to take to be well prepared for COVID and other epidemics. These include identifying potentially vulnerable populations, adopting a holistic and evidence-based approach and organising effective communication channels with residents. The WHO also stresses the importance of “coordination and coherence in measures across all governance levels”.
Have your say - 27.07.2020
Towns, regions and associations with experience in this area have until 21 September to send in their ideas and suggestions as part of the Commission’s consultation on the future of EU migrant integration policies. CEMR will be answering this consultation, but you may also send an individual response.
What’s more, the Commission is setting up a new expert group of migrant advisors. Migrants, or people with a migrant background, with experience in migrant integration issues are encouraged to apply, as are organisations representing migrants’ interests. Be sure to share this opportunity with qualified individuals and organisations you know of. They have until 21 October to apply.
PLATFORMA webinar - 12.06.2020
Please register via the following registration link. Access codes will be sent at an earlier stage upon registration.
Contact Bella Tskhelishvili for more information.
Virtual workshops - 08.06.2020
The workshops cover a wide variety of topics from the circular economy and sustainable mobility, to information technology and mental health. Checkout the JRC’s website to find out more about the workshops and their dates.
Call for proposals - 08.06.2020
Take a look at EWG's website for more information. You have until 14 September 2020 to apply.
Recruitment - 08.06.2020Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy fixed term contract at the CEMR Secretariat in Brussels).
Find all the details in the Job description.
Please send your CV and application letter, telling about your motivation and interest to firstname.lastname@example.org before 28 June 2020 – 23h59 . Please put ‘Project Officer – COMO 5’ in the title of the email.
Pierre Vander Auwera
Adviser – Communication
Tel. : + 32 2 500 05 41
Skype : pierre_vda
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