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  • Brexit - 02.08.2016

    LGA launches Brexit news bulletin
    Our English association, LGA, 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 - 20.07.2016

    CEMR expresses its condolences to Turkish citizens
    CEMR Secretary General, Frédéric Vallier, and CEMR President and mayor of Santander (Spain), Iñigo de la Serna, sent a letter to the President of our Turkish association, Union 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.
  • UNESCO Learning City Award - 20.07.2016

    Apply now for the 2017 UNESCO Learning City Award!
    The UNESCO Learning City Award is given to cities that have achieved outstanding progress in building learning cities. For instance, this means revitalising learning in families and communities, or fostering a culture of learning throughout life.

    Is your city committed to helping all its citizens learn new skills and competencies throughout life? To apply, send the Award Application Form before 31 August 2016.

  • LGA annual conference - 28.06.2016

    Only one week to go until LGA conference 2016!
    Our English association (LGA) will be hosting its annual conference from 5 to 7 July in Bournemouth.

    The conference will gather over 1,000 local government players to discuss key issues such as finance, housing, devolution, health and social care.

    Should you want to attend, you can register by clicking here.

    Join the discussions on twitter with the official hashtag: #LGAConf16
  • Local elections - 21.06.2016

    Second round of local elections in Italy
    The second round of the Italian local elections took place on Sunday 19 June.

    Here are the results for some of the major Italian cities:

    Rome: Virginia Raggi (M5S) won 67% of the vote

    Naples: Luigi di Magistris (left-wing independent) won 67% of the vote

    Milan: Giuseppe Sala (PD) won 52% of the vote

    Turin: Chiara Appendino (M5S) won 54% of the vote
  • Local elections - 06.06.2016

    Bucharest (Romania) elects its first woman mayor
    On Sunday 5 June, local elections took place in Romania. The Social Democrats (PSD) won the most votes: between 39% and 44% according to the latest results.

    The new mayor of Bucharest is Gabriela Firea (PSD), who won 43.56% of the vote. She is the first woman to ever be elected as mayor of the Romanian capital.
  • Local elections - 06.06.2016

    First round of local elections in Italy
    The first round of the Italian local elections took place on Sunday 5 June in about 1,300 Italian towns and cities.

    The results are out for some of the major Italian cities:

    Rome: Virginia Raggi (5 Star Movement) is leading with 35.4%

    Naples: Luigi di Magistris (left-wing independent) is in the lead with 42.4% of the vote

    Milan: Giuseppe Sala (PD) has 41.6%

    Turin: Piero Fassino (PD) has won the first round with 41,2% of the vote.

    The second round will take place on 19 June.
  • ​Civil service - 12.05.2016

    Launch of an online platform to promote international mobility
    Are you a territorial civil servant? Have you ever dreamt about participating in a mobility programme either in Europe or abroad?

    If your answer is yes, then there is a new website available for you. Launched by the National Institute for Territorial Studies in France, the online platform gathers news, articles, videos and further visual material explaining the different possibilities as well as the assets of international mobility. 

    The online platform is only available in French.
  • Emperor Maximilian prize - 11.05.2016

    Emperor Maximilian prize awarded to Anders Knape
    This year, the Emperor-Maximilian-Prize 2016 winner is Mr Anders Knape, Committee of the Regions Vice-President, President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress of the Council of Europe, Vice-President of SALAR and CEMR Executive President.
    For any further information, please contact Ms Cornelia Koessler:


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