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Smart Cities - 22.11.2016
Citizen Engagement for Inclusive Smart Cities – keynote speech by CEMR secretary generalIs the engagement of citizens the key to achieving inclusive and smart cities? A conference on the matter is taking place on 23 November in Brussels, where CEMR secretary general, Frédéric Vallier, will be a keynote speaker. He will be speaking at the panel discussion on “Involving citizens from consultation to empowerment”.
Organised by EIP-SCC, ICLEI and ERRIN, this conference will take place at the Dutch Permanent Representation in Brussels.
Local Autonomy - 07.11.2016
Regionalisation, cooperation, metropolitanisation: OLA’s conference newsletter is outInterested in regionalisation, metropolitanisation or intermunicipal cooperation? Discover the main findings of the conference organised by OLA, the Observatory for Local Autonomy, on these issues.
The conference, coorganised by CEMR, took place from 30 June to 2 July 2016. The findings of the conference are available in the newsletter in English and in French.
World Mayor 2016 - 27.10.2016
15 refugee-friendly mayors shortlisted for World Mayor PrizeThe names of the 15 nominees shortlisted for the 2016 World Mayor Prize have now been made public. These are 15 mayors who, with their communities, “have made exceptional efforts to welcome refugees and integrate migrants.”
Want to have your say on who will be the next World Mayor Prize winner? You can express your support to the mayor of your choice until the middle of December 2016, and the winner will be announced by the end of January 2017.
Refugees and Migration - 20.09.2016
Funding, housing and multilevel governance: new priorities for refugees in towns and regionsAccess 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 perspectiveThe 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 PrizeNominate 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 bulletinOur 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 citizensCEMR 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.
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