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  • Training Academy - 13.01.2023

    Discover the main findings
    On 21 October 2022, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) organised a training event for elected political representatives working in climate adaptation and mitigation, with an emphasis on sustainable finance. The sessions included a keynote speech from a scientist, presentations of case studies, interactive exercises and discussions. The objective was to familiarise local and regional elected officials with the concept of sustainable finance from a scientific, regulatory and technical perspective.
    A summary of the training work, including key concepts, speaker and panel content, and key findings, can be found here.
    This edition of the training academy represents the seventh in the series organised by CEMR/PLATFORMA, which was initially inspired by the Urban Agenda for the EU
  • CERV programme - 15.12.2022

    Discover the next funding opportunities!
    Check out the European Commission's (DG JUST) priorities for 2023 and 2024 and discover the next funding opportunities!

    The CERV programme is ​the biggest EU fund ever available for promoting and protecting EU rights and values (1.55 billion over 7 years). Together with the Justice programme (305 million euro over 7 years), it contributes to build a Union of Justice, Rights and Values.
  • COP 27 - 30.11.2022

    Local and Regional Goverments at the COP 27
    COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, ended with the cover decision, known as the Sharm el-Sheikh Implementation Plan. We, as part of “Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (“LGMA”) United Nations constituency, welcome the outcomes of this COP as there are new aspects such as the fund on loss and damage in the text, referring to the concept of climate justice. However, the outcomes leave many questions open, notably regarding national governments’ commitments to maintain the 1.5-degree objective. 

    CEMR/PLATFORMA and UCLG were present in Sharm el Sheik during COP27, as were many members associations (from the UK, France, Israel, Malta, Turkey, Germany…). CEMR is part of the LGMA United Nations constituency, whose focal point is ICLEI. More than 500+ delegates represented cities, regions and other subnational governments at COP27, more than most countries. Over 40000 participants worldwide came to this COP. 
  • Call for tender - 22.11.2022

    Looking for an expert to carry a research on the impact of the digital transition
    CEMR is looking for an external expert to carry a research on the impact of the digital transition on social dialogue at the local and regional level as a part of an EU-funded project.

    Deadline to apply: 15 December 2022

    For more information, have a look at our call for tender.
  • Online survey - 14.11.2022

    Take part in a short survey on the ripple effects of Russia's war in Ukraine
    Russia's invasion of Ukraine has triggered seismic repercussions: skyrocketing prices, energy shortages, a fast-moving refugee crisis, rising cyber security threats…

    But is your city or region ready to face the challenges brought to light by the war? Does it brace for darker winter to save energy? Have you noticed any cyber-attack to the public sector?

    These are some of the questions raised in a short survey drawn up by the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (AFLRA) to which you are invited to contribute. Your responses to this survey will help shed light on cities and regions’ preparedness to face current and future disruptive events. They will also provide guidelines on how to bolster information sharing and cooperation among all stakeholders. Respondents will receive a summary of the results. Individual responses will not be published. The deadline for filling out the survey is 30 November. | 
  • Call for tender - 02.11.2022

    External evaluation of the IncluCities project
    We are looking for a contractor to realise an external evaluation of the IncluCities project. For more information, have a look at our call for tender.
  • Call for Proposals - 28.10.2022

    First Call for Proposals EUI - Innovative Actions
    Eligible authorities are invited to submit project proposals in the framework of the first EUI – Innovative Actions (EUI-IA) Call for Proposals. For this Call for Proposals, an indicative budget of EUR 50 million ERDF is allocated.

    Each project can receive up to a maximum of EUR 5 million ERDF co-financing and project implementation should take place within a maximum period of 3,5 years.

    For more information and to apply don't hesitate to check out the website and the seminars that will take place until the end of the year.
  • Local Finances - 26.10.2022

    Local Finances in Europe – Unlocking investments for sustainable and resilient societies
    Join us on 10 November for our event: Local Finances in Europe – Unlocking investments for sustainable and resilient societies.

    This on-site event will take place in CEMR premises in Brussels, 1 Square de Meeûs on Thursday, 10 November 2022 (10.00-15.00)
    • Morning (10.00-12.00) : Launch event of CEMR publication ‘Local finances and the green transition in Europe : A decade of local finances – from crisis to sustainable recovery’. This online publication highlights the trends and evolutions of local and regional finances from the aftermath of the financial crisis to the beginning of the COVID pandemic. As part of this report, a specific focus has been given on the green dimension of local finance and the contribution of LRGs in the investments needed to meet the challenges of the green transition.
    The launch event of the publication will be followed by a policy debate on the review of the EU’s economic governance framework – in particular fiscal and budgetary rules controlling debt and public investments – and its impact on municipalities, cities and regions.
    • Afternoon (13.00-15.00): Policy debate with EU policy makers on revision of EU economic governance framework from the perspective of local and regional governments. This debate follows the adoption of CEMR position paper “Boosting public investment capacities at local and regional level – the opportunity of the reform of the EU economic governance framework” in January 2022, and will come as the Commission is preparing a proposal for the revision of the EU economic framework early 2023. This reform will have important implications for Europe’s ability to mobilise all levels of governance, not only in addressing the macroeconomic and structural scars left by COVID-19, but to strengthen EU economies in the face of significant challenges that lie ahead.

    Register here!
  • Bridges of Trust - 24.10.2022

    'Bridges of Trust' is looking for a Support Project and Communication Officer
    CEMR is looking for a Support Project and Communication Officer on the Bridges of Trust project. 

    Deadline: 28 octobre 2022 - 23h59

    For more information, please refer to the job description.
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