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  • Local autonomy - 01.02.2015

    Happy Day of Local Autonomy to Moldova
    On 1 February of each year, Moldova celebrates its national Day of Local Autonomy. This official holiday was introduced in 2013 on the initiative of the Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova (CALM), CEMR member association, and represents the occasion for local elected representatives to meet and exchange on best practices or to raise the main challenges linked to local governance.

    Moldova is a member of the Council of Europe and signatory of the European Charter of Local Self-Government since 1997. 
  • Transparency Register - 27.01.2015

    EU Commission and Parliament implement new rules on Transparency Register
    A new, improved EU Transparency Register was launched on Tuesday with the aim of "making EU-decision-making and the activities of lobbyists more transparent and more accountable while also giving lobbyists more incentives to register and making the database easier for lobbyists and the public to access."

    The new system brings changes to the way human resources invested in lobbying are declared, requires additional information about involvement in EU committees, forums, intergroups or similar structures, and legislative files currently followed; it also extends the requirement to declare estimated costs related to lobbying to all registrants.
  • Publication - 21.01.2015

    Take a minute to discover more about the CEMR and its action on the ground
    A minute. This is the time you will need to look through the new CEMR presentation brochure and to get a better idea of who we are, who are our member associations and what is our action on the ground. The publication provides you with examples of activities in the five thematic areas, which affect all aspects of the lives of European citizens as well as the local and regional governments that represent them.
    "CEMR - For a Europe of municipalities, cities and regions" is available in English, French and Italian.
  • Local finances - 16.01.2015

    Participate in the conference "Making Financial Instruments Work for Cities"
    Let´s rethink the ways of financing urban development. This is the motto behind CSI EUROPE final conference, to take place in Lille (France), on 5 February 2015.

    The conference will present the findings of the network and will introduce its toolkit for establishing an urban development fund in cities. It will focus on future models for investment, demonstrate how cities across Europe have made these funds work and set out a clear route map with supporting guidance which other cities can follow to establish their own investment funds.

    The conference is free of charge. More information is available on the CSI EUROPE’s website.
  • European Movement - 01.12.2014

    Congratulations to our Secretary General for his election as Vice President of the European Movement International
    With a majority of votes, Frédéric Vallier became one of the three vice presidents of the European Movement International (EMI)*. For the next trois years, he will share this position with a representative of the Union of European Federalists, Ugo Ferruta and Eva Paunova, member of the European Parliament. His election took place during EMI’s Federal Assembly on 28 and 29 November in Rome.

    *CEMR is a member of the European Movement International, a nonpartisan organisation promoting European integration.
  • Council of Europe - 15.10.2014

    Council of Europe Congress elects new leadership
    The Congress has a renewed leadership voted in at its 27th session, on 15 October. Congress members elected Jean-Claude Frécon as President of the Congress. For its part, CEMR executive president, Anders Knape, was appointed President of the Chamber of Local Authorities. The term of office for leadership positions is 2 years.

    For more information, we invite you to view the list of the Council of Europe Congress leadership.
  • Hungarian municipal elections - 13.10.2014

    Prime Minister‘s party won the mayor‘s post of Hungary‘s largest cities
    Prime Minister Viktor Orban‘s Fidesz party was the main winner in Sunday‘s nationwide municipal elections. The Fidesz–Hungarian Civic Alliance party won the mayor‘s post in Budapest and in 20 of Hungary‘s 23 largest cities.  
  • Governance - 10.10.2014

    9th edition of the distinction "Best Practice in Citizen Participation"
    The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) invites local government to participate to its 9th Distinction Distinction of “Best Practice in Citizen Participation”. With this distinction, the IOPD recognises projects aiming, for instance, leading to better results in the domain of gender equality or at promoting transparency in the decision-making process. 
    Candidates are free to apply until 29 November. The ceremony to deliver the distinction will take place in March 2015.
    Further information and the necessary application form are available on the IODP website
  • Participatory democracy - 18.09.2014

    European municipalities are invited to participate in the 2014 Week of Local Democracy
    European Local Democracy Week” (ELDW) is an annual European event where local authorities from all the 47 member states of the Council of Europe organise public events to meet and engage with their citizens on issues of current interest. The aim is to promote and foster democratic participation at a local level.

    The week around 15 October has been chosen for holding this event as a tribute to the European Charter of Local Self-Government, opened for signature on that date in 1985.

    Read more on the ELDW's website.


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