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  • ​ Migration - 03.11.2015

    A report about cities and migration
    We live in a world which is becoming increasingly urban, where more and more people are moving to cities: nearly one in five of the world foreign-born population resides in established global gateway cities. Such fast rate of rising migration to cities brings with it both risks and opportunities for the migrants, local communities and governments concerned.

    The International Organisation for Migrations (IOM) publishes a report highlighting the role of towns when dealing with migration, as well as the urban dimension of mobility.
  • ​European Commission - 28.10.2015

    Juncker's Commission adopts its annual work programme
    On 27 October, the European Commission adopted a work programme for 2016. Among their objectives, there will be set of priorities in which CEMR is actively involved:
    • Migration;
    • Implementation of the Digital Single Market;
    • Circular Economy;
    • Action plan on value-added tax (VAT)

    Further information is available on the Commission’s website.
  • ​Refugee crisis - 20.10.2015

    How South East Europe towns and regions are facing the arrivals of refugees?
    Towns and regions in the south east Europe represent “a transit zone for the refugees aiming for the Western EU countries. Consequently, the situation on the field is changing rapidly, making planning and coordination exceptionally difficult. The local centres designated to receive refugees are insufficient in one moment, and deserted in another,” declares the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) in a statement.

    You can read the full statement in English.
  • ​Austria - 12.10.2015

    Congratulations to CEMR honorary president for his reelection as mayor of Vienna
    Michael Häupl, whose party secured 39.5 percent of Sunday's vote, was reelected mayor of Vienna on 11 October, despite tight competition with the far-right Freedom Party (32,3% of votes). Voter turnout is estimated about 72,4%.

    Mr Haupl, who is member of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ), was CEMR President from 2004 to 2007.  
  • ​Austria - 29.09.2015

    Summary of regional election results
    The northern Upper Austria region held its regional elections on 27 September. The Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) recorded 30% of the vote securing 18 seats, whereas in 2009’s elections the figures were 15% and nine seats. Voter turnout is estimated about 80%.

    The next local elections will be held in Vienna on 11 October 2015.
  • ​World Forum for Democracy - 27.07.2015

    Participate in a workshop to promote participatory democracy at the local level
    The Council of Europe is inviting cities and municipalities from its member states to participate in a workshop on participatory democracy at a local level. The workshop will be part of the World Forum for Democracy, to be held from 18 to 20 November 2015 in Strasbourg.

    Interested in participating? Answer the questionnaire and send it to by 15 September 2015. 
  • ​Better Regulation - 14.07.2015

    CEMR declaration: “Better law-making needs local input!”
    The European Commission’s Better Regulation proposals are a key step forward for improving the effectiveness of its decision making. With its focus on improved impact assessments, consultations throughout the policy cycle and suggestions for how EU decision-making processes can be made more predictable, thorough and transparent, local authorities stand to gain substantially from this package. 

    In recognition of these major proposals, CEMR’s Policy Committee adopted a declaration during its meeting on 26 June in Munich. 

    Although CEMR’s politicians broadly view the Commission’s proposals with satisfaction, there is still work to be done by the EU’s decision-makers to ensure this key set of proposals can truly achieve their aims and respect the principle of “partnership” and multi-level governance. Local government will continue to assert its place in future EU law making. 
  • Governance - 19.03.2015

    Summary of the seminar on the simplification of local administration in Europe
    In this newsletter (also available in French) published by our partners from the Observatory on Local Autonomy, you will find the different interventions during the seminar we organised alongside OLA in Bologna, on 30 and 31 October 2014.
  • 2014 World Mayor Prize - 03.02.2015

    Congratulations to the mayor of Ghent for being named the second most outstanding mayor of 2014
    The mayor Ghent (Belgium), Daniël Termont, has been named the second 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.



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