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EU affairs - 29.11.2016
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 - 22.11.2016conference 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 - 07.11.2016Observatory 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 - 27.10.2016World 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
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
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 - 17.08.2016World 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.
Brexit - 02.08.2016LGA, has just launched a Brexit bulletin.
The bulletin updates on the role councils are playing in negotiating Britain's exit from the EU.
You can sign up to the bulletin via this link.
Solidarity with Turkey - 20.07.2016Union of Municipalities of Turkey, and Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş, to express their deepest condolences to the families of the victims that died in the recent events in Turkey.
CEMR supports democratically elected governments and as such strongly condemns the attempted coup. The Turkish government should use this moment to stress the importance of democracy and the rule of law.
Carlos Mascarell Vilar
Policy Officer - Governance and Citizenship
Tel. : +32 2 500 05 44
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