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Smart cities - 14.05.2018programme for more details.
Future of Europe - 27.04.201870th anniversary of the famous Congress of the Hague, which lay the foundations for European integration. They want to “recreate the spirit of 1948” 70 years later: on 24-25 May 2018. Our Vice-President, Roulers councillor Luc Martens will be representing us there as a thought leader. This future-oriented event is a great opportunity to exchange with citizen movements, businesses and local governments from across Europe.
European affairs - 16.04.2018column in the Parliament magazine (an extensively read magazine in the European Parliament), CEMR Secretary General Frédéric Vallier took to the pen to explain why cities and local government associations should be formally and systematically involved in EU decision making.
Migration - 13.04.201810 recommendations on how to improve access to European funds dealing with inclusion and integration. These recommendations will be used as input during the Commission’s consultation for the EU’s new budget.
World Mayor Prize - 10.04.2018who you think should win! This year’s edition focuses on women mayors.
Migration - 21.03.2018Commune hospitalière”, a Belgian-born initiative, is inviting local governments to commit to raise awareness on migration and to improve hosting conditions for migrants.
Governance - 20.02.2018report on the role of cities in the EU’s institutional framework. The document states that CEMR should become a permanent consultant of EU policies. The report should be adopted in the Committee in June, and in plenary in September. To be continued...
Human rights - 12.02.2018guidelines to help municipalities eradicate such exploitation.
EU affairs - 17.01.2018official address to the European Parliament on 17 January, the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, spoke up for devolution. He stated: "The Europe of the future, I believe, must (...) where appopriate, devolve some powers back to member states, municipalities and regions". He then added: "I also support the Subsidiarity and Proportionality Taskforce. It is interesting that, on many matters, US states and Canadian provinces, even counties and municipalities, have greater autonomy and greater variation among them than EU member states currently have. Do we have the balance right? And does everything have to be harmonised and standardised?"
Pierre Vander Auwera
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