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Meeting of the secretaries general and directors

Statutory Affairs - 30.10.2018

This was the CEMR meeting of secretaries general and directors
They came from the North, the South, the East and the West: the secretaries general and directors of CEMR’s member associations got together in Brussels from 29 to 30 October for their biannual meeting.

What was on the agenda? A meeting with representatives from the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation concerning the next financial programming period, a presentation from our Norwegian association (KS) on a study of theirs on “How to strengthen trust in local and regional governments”, and a discussion on the CEMR manifesto for the upcoming European elections.

The first debate was on Horizon Europe, the new European programme with a budget of €100 billion for research and innovation. This programme comes after the Horizon 2020 programme, and is expected to better take towns and regions into account.

Later on in the afternoon, the CEMR secretariat presented its report on the 2018 work programme, as well as its new programme for 2019. However, CEMR and its members agreed to adapt and amend the document following the publication of the European Commission’s 2019 work programme.

Discussions then turned to the CEMR manifesto for the 2019 European elections. It was an opportunity for the Secretaries General to move towards a more unified voice, and to further develop their positions ahead of the adoption of the manifesto. That’s less than two months away: it will be adopted at the CEMR Policy Committee meeting in Ludwigsburg in December. 

Among other issues, participants also discussed the evaluation report on CEMR projects, a report on international activities, two other ones on the CEMR conference in Bilbao and on the September retreat, and ,finally, a series of position papers to be validated in Ludwigsburg.

The next secretaries general and directors meeting will take place in March next year. The place is still to be determined.

Flick through our photo album to see the meeting in pictures.
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