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2014 World Mayor Prize - 03.02.2015second most outstanding mayor of 2014 and awarded the World Mayor Commendation for services to European cities.
Termont has been mayor of Ghent since 2007 and a member of the City Council since 1977, where he has over the years promoted diversity in the city. He has also set many city ambitious environmental, social and economic targets.
The City of Ghent is a member of the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG), which is one of the CEMR's Belgian sections.
Local autonomy - 01.02.2015CALM), 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 - 27.01.2015EU 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
"CEMR - For a Europe of municipalities, cities and regions" is available in English, French and Italian.
Local finances - 16.01.2015
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 InternationalWith 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
For more information, we invite you to view the list of the Council of Europe Congress leadership.
Hungarian municipal elections - 13.10.2014
Governance - 10.10.2014The 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.
Pierre Vander Auwera
Adviser – Communication
Tel. : + 32 2 500 05 41
Skype : pierre_vda
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