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  • Call for tender - 27.02.2020

    Organising and communicating webinars and seminars
    We are looking for a contractor to help organise and produce videos for webinars and seminars. For more information, have a look at our call for tender.
  • Fair minimum wages - 25.02.2020

    Social partners must remain central to wage bargaining
    At the social dialogue meeting of local and regional governments held today, CEMR and EPSU agreed to submit to the European Commission a joint reaction on possible EU action on fair minimum wages.

    CEMR and EPSU support upward wage convergence and shared economic prosperity across the EU, gender pay equality and sustainable funding of social protection systems.

    However, we think that any EU action must ensure that wages, as a general rule, are autonomously agreed by or with national social partners. No member state should be required to introduce a statutory minimum wage system and any other conditions should only be introduced when they are proposed by the social partners at national level, including associations of local and regional governments.
  • Gender equality - 17.02.2020

    Georgian cities train and share best practices on local gender equality
    CEMR, PLATFORMA and our Georgian association (NALAG) held a workshop today in Tbilisi on how to better implement gender equality in municipalities’ day-to-day work. Four Georgian signatories to the European Charter for Equality – Kutaisi, Lagodekhi, Ozurgeti and Rustavi – presented their reasons for signing up and the actions they are taking.

    During the workshop, participants used the Equality Journey tool to map their gender equality objectives and prioritise actions. The session was wrapped up with a short introduction to the NALAS e-learning course on gender mainstreaming at the local level.

    The workshop was held in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Coordination Seminar “Reinforcing dialogue on gender equality and informed local government reform in Georgia: Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities”, co-organised by NALAS and PLATFORMA.
  • IncluCities - 03.02.2020

    Job opening: the IncluCities Project is looking for a consultant
    The IncluCities Project is looking for a consultant to ensure the monitoring of the implementation of the project's methodology. Deadline for the submissions is 24 February 2020 COB.

    IncluCities (2020-2022) aims at improving the integration of Third-country Nationals. It also aims at facilitating the exchange of knowledge between 4 experienced (mentors) and 4 less experienced (mentees) middle-sized cities and 8 accompanying associations of local and regional governments in the fields of education and training, housing, access to basic services, active participation & social inclusion.
  • Sport - 30.01.2020

    Take part in the 4th football championship of European mayors!
    Up for a friendly game of footie? Mayors and deputy-mayors across Europe are invited to take part in the 4th championship of European mayors, which is being held in the charming city of Trnava in Slovakia between 17 and 23 May 2020. You have up to 15 February to sign up. For more information, please consult the official invitation.
  • Gender equality - 21.01.2020

    Young politicians improving gender balance
    ​Are you a young politician whose town or region is taking action to ensure gender-balanced policymaking? If so, the Committee of the Regions would like to hear from you! You can apply to CoR's Young Elected Politicians Programme (YEP), which will give you the opportunity to travel to share your experiences and network with other politicians. You can find more information on the CoR website.
  • #CohesionAlliance - 09.01.2020

    CEMR meets with Commissioner Ferreira
    As a member of the #CohesionAlliance, CEMR participated today in a meeting with Elisa Ferreira, the European commissioner for cohesion and reforms. Carola Gunnarsson, CEMR spokesperson on cohesion policy, stressed at the meeting that cohesion policy must not be subject to conditionalities that cannot be influenced by municipalities and regions.
    Ferreira stated that the Just Transition Mechanism would not be financed from funds coming from cohesion. “We need extra money to address new challenges, cohesion policy should not be sacrificed to accommodate these new challenges,” she said.
  • Entrepreneurial Regions - 06.01.2020

    Win the 2021 European Entrepreneurial Region Label
    Regions and other territories can apply for the 10th edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region Label (EER). For 2021, the EER will in particular reward territories engaging in green and sustainable entrepreneurship.

    The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2020. You can find more information and apply through the Committee of the Regions’ website.
  • - 06.01.2020

    Call for candidacies for the International Award UCLG - Mexico City - Culture 21
    Local and regional governments and individuals can apply for the 4th edition of the International Award UCLG - Mexico City - Culture 21. The candidates who have done the most to link culture with democratic governance, citizen participation or sustainable development may win between €25,000 and €50,000.

    The deadline for submissions is 18 March 2020. You can find more information and apply via the Award's website:
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