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Conditionality of funds - 13.11.2020compromise on the conditionality of EU funds. In short, the European Union will be able to cut funding to any government – local, regional or national – found to be violating European values, such as respect for the rule of law and minority rights.
Significantly, the cuts will not affect final beneficiaries, but only the government concerned. If the EU blocks funding to a national government for example, the country's students, farmers, municipalities and regions would still be able to benefit from funds. Local and regional governments have long advocated for such a measure.
Under the new procedure, the funds will be cut on a proposal of the European Commission approved by a qualified majority of national governments in the Council. In the past, a single national government could veto such measures. The compromise must now be adopted formally by the Parliament and national ministers in Council.
Fit for the Future - 04.11.2020Fit for the Future Platform (F4F). The Platform is a group of high-level experts that will help the Commission simplify EU laws and reduce related unnecessary costs. F4F will examine whether existing laws can achieve their objectives efficiently as Europe tackles new challenges such as digitalisation.
CEMR will participate in the Platform’s Stakeholder Group, which represents civil society. This will also be an opportunity for CEMR to be informed about and influence lawmaking at a very early stage. F4F’s first meeting is expected to take place in mid-November and will be chaired by EU Commission Vice-President for Inter-Institutional Relations Maroš Šefčovič.
Have your say - 11.09.2020
This is an opportunity for cities and regions to have their say. Is EU trade policymaking sufficiently transparent? Are national and local concerns sufficiently taken into account by the European Commission? How can the process be improved?
To share your views, please complete the Commission’s brief survey, available in 22 languages.
Urban Security - 27.08.2020
The EU’s Urban Agenda Partnership on Security in Public Spaces is drafting its action plan and wants to collect concrete information coming from the ground.
Should you want to contribute, you have until 9 September to complete this public survey.
Competition - 19.08.2020
Enterprises will be judged according to their positive social impact, job creation, innovation, percentage of women in the workforce and respect for workers’ rights. The Award is open to applicants from the South Mediterranean partner countries.
To find more information and apply, please consult the ARLEM Award's web page. Enterprises and local or regional governments have up to 31 August 2020 to apply.
Virtual workshops - 08.06.2020
The workshops cover a wide variety of topics from the circular economy and sustainable mobility, to information technology and mental health. Checkout the JRC’s website to find out more about the workshops and their dates.
LH Forum - 12.05.2020
The Prize rewards rewards local and regional elected officials and civil servants who have distinguished themselves, through their policies and personal commitment, in environmental, social, economic and governance issues. More information on this event will appear on the Institute for a Positive Economy's website.
Date: 24 september 2020
Lieu: Le Havre (France)
Sport - 30.01.2020official invitation.
Entrepreneurial Regions - 06.01.2020
The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2020. You can find more information and apply through the Committee of the Regions’ website.
Pierre Vander Auwera
Tel : + 32 2 500 05 41
Skype : pierre_vda
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