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Mobility - 02.05.2018
Good practice: how citizens are helping fix Brussels’ streetsWith citizens’ input, it’s much easier for local governments to know what needs to be fixed in their streets. In Brussels, there’s an app for that: read all about it in this Cities Today article.
Future of Europe - 27.04.2018
Sharing Europe: join us at the 70th anniversary of the Congress of the HagueThe European Movement International and the City of The Hague are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the famous Congress of the Hague, which lay the foundations for European integration. They want to “recreate the spirit of 1948” 70 years later: on 24-25 May 2018. Our Vice-President, Roulers councillor Luc Martens will be representing us there as a thought leader. This future-oriented event is a great opportunity to exchange with citizen movements, businesses and local governments from across Europe.
Climate transition - 25.04.2018
New study praises Covenant of Mayors' impact on citiesHow are cities planning to respond to climate change? Read the Assessment of local climate plans from 885 cities in EU28, in the Journal of Cleaner Production. This study praises the Covenant of Mayors for mobilising European local governments to plan and take action in the field of climate mitigation and adaptation.
EWRC 2018 - 23.04.2018
European Week of Regions and Cities | Vote for the sessions you are the most interested inOur personal tip: “Localising the social pillar: the role of local authorities in the EU Semester”, organised by CEMR (you can find it in the “Economic development, employment” cluster). You can vote until 27 April. To be clear: the rating results will not be binding but only indicative. They will help the organisers to better design the event.
Regional policy - 20.04.2018
What impact do EU regional policy investments really have?A new library of evaluations carried out by Member States might just give you the answer. It contains a selection of completed evaluations since 2007, which can be browsed by different categories, such as countries, funds or evaluation methods, for instance.
European affairs - 16.04.2018
EU policymaking: the time has come to make the role of cities officialIn a column in the Parliament magazine (an extensively read magazine in the European Parliament), CEMR Secretary General Frédéric Vallier took to the pen to explain why cities and local government associations should be formally and systematically involved in EU decision making.
Migration - 13.04.2018
How to improve access to funds for migrant inclusionThe Partnership on Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees has developed 10 recommendations on how to improve access to European funds dealing with inclusion and integration. These recommendations will be used as input during the Commission’s consultation for the EU’s new budget.
Cohesion policy - 12.04.2018
Future of cohesion policy: Council adopts conclusionsThe Council of the European Union has spoken. On 12 April, it adopted the conclusions on the delivery and implementation of cohesion policy after 2020. A summary is also available.
Cohesion policy - 11.04.2018
Latest update on cohesion dialoguesNo less than 14 cohesion dialogues have now taken place, and the debates around cohesion policy’s benefits are alive and kicking in Europe’s towns and regions. The main outcome of the dialogues so far is that citizens feel the need to maintain cohesion policy, which they see as a forward-looking strategy to create innovation. More information here.
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