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Newsletter - November 2021

Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Local and regional governments' view
on European affairs

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- Local finances -

Uncertainty amidst recovery

Over a year into the pandemic, local governments are still missing long-term support

Local and regional finances are under pressure due to the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis: spikes in pandemic-related spending were paired with falls in revenue. More than a year after the coronavirus was declared, local and regional governments still lack long-term support from national governments.

This is revealed by the latest edition of the CEMR analysis of COVID-19’s impact on local and regional finances. The study draws on data from 18 local and regional government associations in 15 countries*, shedding light on recent trends in territorial finances. 

The situation in Europe’s towns, cities and regions is critical. “The scissor effect caused major problems for many : less income coming in, more expenditure going out. Not an ideal state of affairs!” said Flo Clucas, Councillor for Cheltenham (UK) and CEMR spokesperson on local finances.

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- Climate -

Fit for 55

What the EU's mammoth climate and energy package means for local governments

If the European Green Deal set general objectives for a more sustainable and eventually carbon-neutral Europe, the Fit for 55 package presented earlier this year outlines the legislative measures to achieve this. This analysis highlights a few of the package’s major proposals : energy efficiency, alternative fuel infrastructure and forests.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen put the attainment of climate neutrality by 2050 at the core of her political agenda with the adoption of the Green Deal a few months after taking office in 2019. The intermediary target of reducing emissions by at least 55% by 2030 is enshrined in the Climate Law adopted in early 2021.

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- COP26 -

Local green recovery in Europe

Discover our infographic and key messages for COP26

After much delay and uncertainty to due to COVID crisis, it’s finally happening: the 26th UN summit on climate change (COP26) is taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, from 31 October to 12 November.

On this occasion, CEMR has prepared an infographic on “Ensuring a local green recovery in Europe: 5 key facts for local implementation of the Paris Agreement”. The visual vividly shows why tackling climate change is a human and environmental necessity and why local and regional action are critical to successfully shift to sustainability.

Do not hesitate to share this infographic far and wide! Please contact us if you would like to localise the infographic in your own language.

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- Future of Europe -

Future of Europe

Cities call on Conference on the Future of Europe to promote a more participative, green and inclusive EU democracy

At the event "Cities fostering democracy in the European Union: Urban perspectives for the Conference on the Future of Europe", co-organised by the European Committee of the Regions, Eurocities and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), local and regional leaders set out their expectations for the Conference on the Future of Europe, and shared their experiences on strengthening local democracy. Examples of innovative participative exercises, green projects, digital services to citizens or integration of communities were discussed. The event led to the adoption of conclusions which will feed the Conference on the future of Europe.


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- Decentralised cooperation -

Bridges of Trust

How cooperation opens up opportunities for small Ukrainian and Lithuanian cities

What brings closer two cities, one Ukrainian, the other Lithuanian, separated by 700 km? Some will say their similar demographics or town size. Others will put forward their common urban challenges and opportunities.

This is precisely what the “Bridges of Trust” project is heading at: to increasing cooperation and exchange of best practices, knowledge and skills between municipalities in Ukraine and the EU.

On 22 October 2021, a first exchange between Korosten (Ukraine) and Ukmergė (Lithuania) took place online. Earlier, the two municipalities expressed interest to establish a new partnership in the framework of the project.

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- Climate -

Covenant of Mayors

How the Covenant Community is blazing trails for the green transition

The recent European Week of Regions and Cities 2021 was the occasion to highlight how local governments and their associations are pioneering new ways of fighting against climate change.

The Covenant of Mayors Europe Office and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) highlighted such local climate action during their workshop “The Covenant Community: a trailblazer for the green transition”, held on 13 October 2021.

The event was the moment to bring together the Covenant Community of Coordinators, Supporters and National Ambassadors from the CoR to demonstrate how the Covenant of Mayors’ model of cooperation between levels of government works in practice to accelerate the green transition.

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- Library More items -

Local finances

2021 estimates of COVID's impact on local and regional finances



[Infographic] 5 key facts for local implementation of the Paris Agreement



[Video] Advancing gender equality at the workplace in local and regional governments?



Key messages for local-led implementation of the Paris Agreement

- Upcoming events -
10 December
  .  Bridges of Trust - Strengthening Municipal Cooperation between Ukraine and the EU
Location : Online
15 to 30 November
  .  European Days of Local Solidarity
Location : All over Europe
19 November
  .  1st Conference - Project "The role of social partners in preventing third-party violence and harassment at work"
Location : Online
14 December
11:00 -11:45
  .  How to change the way we frame migration
Location : Inclucities Facebook page
20 to 21 January 2022
  .  CEMR Policy Committee meeting


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