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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.
UNESCO Learning City Award - 20.07.2016UNESCO 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 - 28.06.2016annual 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
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
Pierre Vander Auwera
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