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Cohesion policy - 30.11.2016DG REGIO), Marc Lemaître, and DG REGIO head of unit, Peter Berkowitz, were present.
For CEMR, the main issue is that all territories need to have simplified access to European structural and investment funds – whether they are urban or rural. EU funds do exist. The problem is that the current application procedures are so complicated that many towns and regions end up not having access – even though they would be entitled to these funds. The next expert group meeting will take place in February, and we are confident we will find a common position.
Habitat III - 26.10.2016
CEMR secretary general Frédéric Vallier made a statement on this topic: "the journey towards the adoption of the global New Urban Agenda ended with the adoption of a text that respects the main positions held by local governments and their associations*. For this reason, CEMR is proud to have represented European towns and regions in these negociations."
Concerning the implementation of the global agenda, Frédéric Vallier pointed out the need to continue in the same direction:
"The implementation of the proposals included in the text will have to be done in partnership with all spheres of governance, from the local to the global level. CEMR will be paying attention that towns and regions' needs are taken into account. PLATFORMA, for its part, will be an essential tool to offer cooperation programmes aiming to guarantee the success of this agenda everywhere in the world."
Access City Award 2017 - 05.09.2016Access City Award.
This European award is for cities that strive to guarantee equal access to fundamental rights and quality of city life to everyone – regardless of age, mobility or ability.
The first, second and third prize plus two special mentions (access to work and accessible smart cities) will be announced at the European Day of People with Disabilities Conference in Brussels on 29 November 2016
The deadline for applications is 8 September 2016.
See here for more information.
Urban Agenda for the EU - 01.08.2016Europa kommunal, CEMR’s German association’s (RGRE) magazine.
CEMR has been playing a key role in the development of the Urban Agenda for the EU since the beginning; and will continue to make sure there will be greater coherence in EU policies that affect urban areas, namely, by ensuring there is an urban dimension in EU policies and by involving them when shaping EU legislation.
Habitat III - 29.07.2016PrepCom3 conference in Surabaya, Indonesia from 25 to 27 July. This meeting confirmed that local governments will be visible and recognised in the latest draft of the New Global Urban Agenda in Quito.
The president of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) and mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, was also in Surabaya, representing VNG, CEMR and PLATFORMA.
Prepcom3 is the third and last preparatory meeting before the Habitat III Conference (the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development), which will take place in Quito, Ecuador, during the week of 17 October 2016.
Regions - 17.05.2016the meeting organised by the Commissioner for regional affairs, Corina Creţu, with representatives from regional offices in Brussels.
During the meeting participants addressed four topics of importance for local government and in which CEMR is strongly involved: migration, the EU Urban Agenda, the simplification for beneficiaries of EU funds and the future of Cohesion Policy.
A recording of the session is available online.
Habitat III - 14.03.2016
CEMR and PLATFORMA will be discussing these questions at a conference in the frame of the Habitat III Europe regional meeting, to be held from 16 to 18 March, in Prague.
Speakers will include: Ilma Reepalu, Councillor of Malmö (Sweden) and CEMR spokesperson on urban matters; Annemarie Penn-Te Strake, Mayor of Maastricht.
Registrations to the event are still open.
Public procurement - 01.03.2016Commission’s guide aims to help towns, regions and all public administrations as well as beneficiaries of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), to identify and avoid potential errors as well as to adopt best practices when it comes to carrying out public procurement procedures.
European Social Funds - 24.02.2016consultation is to seek feedback from the stakeholders directly involved in the use of the European Social Fund (ESF) during 2007-2013 programming period, including:
- Stakeholders involved in the management of operational programmes;
- Stakeholders involved in the delivery of ESF operations as project promoters;
- Participants in ESF support measures
The deadline to contribute is Wednesday 27 April 2016.
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