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  • Covenant of Mayors - 26.11.2019

    How African cities can fight climate change
    Africa is expected to be hit by some of the worst effects of climate change. But what can African cities do to fight, and if necessary adapt to, this challenge? Frédéric Vallier and Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, the secretaries general of CEMR and UCLG Africa respectively, discuss this and more in an interview with Pan African Visions.
  • Recruitment - 26.11.2019

    Job opening: PLATFORMA is looking for a Project Officer for the Eastern Partnership
    Do you want to strengthen the role of towns, regions and their associations in decentralised cooperation and EU external policies? Are you interested in the Eastern Partnership and in particular Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine? Do you want to be part of a collaborative team where your competencies will be highly valued?

    Then try your luck and apply to become PLATFORMA's Project Officer for the Eastern Partnership! Check out the application pack and tell us about yourself (deadline: 8 December 2019).
  • SDGs - 14.11.2019

    Who will be the next EU commissioner in charge of SDGs?
    Paolo Gentiloni, the incoming European Commissioner for Economy, will be responsible for overseeing the European Union’s implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That’s the news as reported by Politico following talks between President-Elect Ursula von der Leyen and the Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament. The new Commission still needs to be approved by the Parliament.
  • CEMR meetings - 25.10.2019

    We are looking for towns or cities to host our next conference and congress
    We invite European local and/or regional governments, in cooperation with their national association or CEMR section, to submit applications to host the following two events:
    • Our next conference on “Citizens’ Engagement in Local Public Life” to be held in 2022
    • Our next European congress to be held in 2024.

    You may apply to host either or both of these events.

    You have until 20 January 2020 to send your application. For further information contact Marta Gattini
  • European Commission - 03.10.2019

    Commissioner-Designate Ferreira talks the talk on local government
    Elisa Ferreira, the commissioner-designate for cohesion policy and reforms, sent positive signals on local and regional government during her confirmation hearing in the European Parliament. Discussing the implementation of cohesion policy, the Portuguese politician assured that consultation with municipalities and regions during the design and delivery of EU funds is necessary for the success of regional projects. You can watch or read the hearing’s proceedings here.
  • Environment - 26.08.2019

    Save the date: Join the “Greener cities, Greener Europe” conference on 7 October
    What are citizens’ perspectives regarding environmental urban policies? How can the Urban Agenda for the EU help make your city greener? Join policymakers, local leaders, and experts at the “Greener cities, Greener Europe” conference on 7 October in Brussels to help answer this question.
  • Citizenship - 22.08.2019

    A citizen's guide to their city
    What is the role of local leaders? How do they use taxpayers' money? A new publication by the Association of mayors of the Ile-de-France region (Amif) answers this question in a very educational manner (available in French only).

    Make sure you also look at the video Amif created on the topic. It's yorth your while!
  • Recruitment - 08.08.2019

    Looking for a new job? CEMR is recruiting a Copywriter Editor
    Do you feel confident turning complex ideas into clear, fluid and faultless English and French? Do you want to work for the most senior organisation representing local and regional governments in Europe? Do you want to be part of a European collaborative team where your competences will be highly valued?

    Then becoming CEMR Copywriter Editor is your best choice! Check out the application pack and let us know about yourself (deadline: 4 September 2019).
  • UCLG World Congress - 23.07.2019

    Exchanging with local leaders from Daejon, “Asia’s Silicon Valley”
    The Congress of our global organisation, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), will take place from 11 to 15 November 2019. What about the next one? We know it will take place in 2022, but where will it be held? On 23 July, a delegation from the city of Daejon, South Korea, came to meet us to make the case that the next World Congress should be held in their city, which is nicknamed “Asia’s Silicon Valley”.

    This was also an opportunity for CEMR to exchange with UCLG Asia-Pacific’s Secretary General, Dr. Bernadia Tjandradewi, as well as a representative from the Governors Association of Korea (GAOK), Maria Kim.
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