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European elections 2014 - 25.03.2014Spanish, English and French. The German, Polish, Italian, Czech and Romanian versions will be available soon.
Have a look at our video and discover our elected representatives' proposals for an EU that really meets the citizen’s needs. You can also share your ideas with us on Twitter with the hashtag #myEUvoice.
European elections 2014 - 19.03.20149 proposals for a Europe closer to its citizens, cities, municipalities and regions.
Share with us your ideas and proposals to the future Members of the European Parliament on twitter with the hashtag #myEuvoice.
Our manifesto is yet available in English, in French, in Czech, in German, in Italian, in Polish, in Portuguese, in Romanian and in Spanish.
City rankings - 17.03.2014Due to the very high standard of the healthcare system and infrastructure, political stability and leisure offers, among other indicators, Vienna is the city enjoying the best quality of life standards in the world. The capital of Austria is followed, in the top ten of the rating, by cities like Zürich, Munich or Dusseldorf.
The Quality of living city ranking is an annual report issued by the consulting agency Mercer and covers 223 cities around the world. Based on a wide range of indicators - housing, public services delivery, schools, political stability or air pollution - this report is meant to help municipalities to assess and improve their policies to offer the best quality of life to their citizens.
You can read the full report in Mercer's website.
Sport and citizenship - 24.02.2014The association Europe in Sport invites cities and local governments to form their own European sports team in order to defend the colours of the European jersey. This association aims to promote European citizenship and identity through the organisation of sport competitions.
Interested cities and local government are invited to register using the online participation form (in French). Local government will be provided with all equipment and assistance from Europe en sport in order to constitute their European team.
Governance - 18.02.2014The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) invites local government to participate to its 8th Distinction of “Best Practice in Citizen Participation”. This distinction recognises projects aiming, for instance, at reaching better results in the domain of gender equality or at promoting transparency in the decision-making process. The attribution of this award is based on many criteria such as innovation or the capacity of the experience to be replicated in other local governments and entities.
Candidates are free to apply until 7 March.
More information and the necessary application form are available on the IODP website.
Council of Europe - 20.12.2013
Mayors challenge - 03.12.2013The city of Charleroi (Belgium) launches a call for participation to its inhabitants through its website. People with innovative ideas will be allowed to summit their proposals before 31 December 2013 via an online form.
In January 2014, a jury will select the idea that will officially represent the city within the "Mayors Challenges"*.
The full list of participants.
*The competition is an initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies. It aims to promote innovative ideas and to highlight and fund promising projects proposed by European cities. The first place winner will receive 5 million euros and the four finalists will receive one million each. European cities and municipalities with at least 100 000 inhabitants are eligible to participate.
Mayors Challenge - 28.10.2013Bloomberg Philanthropies has invited European cities to compete in the Mayors Challenge, a competition awarding cities with the most innovative ideas. The first place winner will receive 5 million euros and the four finalists will receive one million each. European cities and municipalities with at least 100 000 inhabitants are eligible to participate.
Attention: cities must express interest by 11 November 2013.
Pierre Vander Auwera
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