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  • World Mayor 2016 - 14.02.2017

    Mayor of Mechelen wins World Mayor Prize
    The mayor of Mechelen, Bart Somers, has been awarded the 2016 World Mayor Prize, for his work in the field of refugees and migrants.

    Nine other mayors also made it to the 2016 World Mayor Honours List. These are all mayors who, with their communities, “have made exceptional efforts to welcome refugees and integrate migrants.” Several of the mayors on this list have signed CEMR’s call for a real common European Asylum policy.
  • Towns and regions worldwide - 09.01.2017

    6th meeting of the Global Network Magellan Cities to take place in Lisbon
    The Global Network Magellan Cities, a network of all the cities that the explorer Ferdinand Magellan travelled to on the first ever journey around the world, is to hold its sixth meeting in Lisbon from 18 to 21 January.

    The organisation promotes collaborative participation and cooperation among the different cities that share the history of the first journey around the world; among which are cities such as Sevilla, Rio de Janeiro, and Cape Town.

    This network of cities will soon be celebrating the 5th century of Magellan’s journey, which took place from 1519 to 1522.
  • EU affairs - 29.11.2016

    President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing discusses Europe with CEMR
    Former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing met CEMR secretary general Frédéric Vallier in Paris today. In the agenda was a discussion on the future of Europe, as well as his vision for Europe’s towns and regions in this future.

    President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing wished to send a message to young generations concerning the European project: “take the power!”

    Valéry Giscard d’Estaing held the position of CEMR president from 1997 to 2004.
  • Smart Cities - 22.11.2016

    Citizen Engagement for Inclusive Smart Cities – keynote speech by CEMR secretary general
    Is the engagement of citizens the key to achieving inclusive and smart cities? A conference on the matter is taking place on 23 November in Brussels, where CEMR secretary general, Frédéric Vallier, will be a keynote speaker. He will be speaking at the panel discussion on “Involving citizens from consultation to empowerment”.

    Organised by EIP-SCC, ICLEI and ERRIN, this conference will take place at the Dutch Permanent Representation in Brussels.
  • Local Autonomy - 07.11.2016

    Regionalisation, cooperation, metropolitanisation: OLA’s conference newsletter is out
    Interested in regionalisation, metropolitanisation or intermunicipal cooperation? Discover the main findings of the conference organised by OLA, the Observatory for Local Autonomy, on these issues.

    The conference, coorganised by CEMR, took place from 30 June to 2 July 2016. The findings of the conference are available in the newsletter in English and in French.
  • World Mayor 2016 - 27.10.2016

    15 refugee-friendly mayors shortlisted for World Mayor Prize
    The names of the 15 nominees shortlisted for the 2016 World Mayor Prize have now been made public. These are 15 mayors who, with their communities, “have made exceptional efforts to welcome refugees and integrate migrants.”

    Want to have your say on who will be the next World Mayor Prize winner? You can express your support to the mayor of your choice until the middle of December 2016, and the winner will be announced by the end of January 2017.
  • Refugees and Migration - 20.09.2016

    Funding, housing and multilevel governance: new priorities for refugees in towns and regions
    Access to funding for towns and regions, access to housing for refugees and migrants, and true multilevel governance. Those are the three priorities that CEMR’s Task Force on Migrants and Refugees identified during their meeting last week. These priorities will be presented to the Commission: they need to be reflected in EU’s agenda.

    Among other priorities for local and regional governments, the Task Force also discussed the common European asylum policy, the integration of third country nationals, and the Urban Agenda.

    At the meeting, representatives from the European Commission, the OECD and the city of Amsterdam were namely present.
  • Better regulation - 25.08.2016

    Improving EU legislation: the local and regional perspective
    The Committee of the Regions has come out in general support of the European Commission’s approach to improving EU legislation, from a local and regional perspective. Namely, the Committee finds the Commission "recognises the specific role played by local and regional authorities in a range of areas affected substantially by EU regulation".

    Specifically, CIVEX, the Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs, has published a draft opinion on REFIT – the European Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme, that aims to keep EU law simple and efficient.

    Amendments can be submitted until 2 September.
  • World Mayor 2016 - 17.08.2016

    Nominate your candidate for the World Mayor Prize
    Nominate the mayor of your choice for the 2016 World Mayor Prize.

    This year, the theme for the World Mayor Prize is migrants and refugees. The winner will be a mayor “whose city has done the most to welcome immigrants and has used their skills to enrich and diversify society culturally, economically and socially.”

    Everyone is free to nominate a mayor, whether they are from a big city or a small town, as long as they can explain why they deserve the World Mayor Prize.

    If you would like to nominate a mayor for this prize, please fill in the following form.


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