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Regions and cities of Europe
President Markkula on earthquake in central Italy
President Markkula expresses regions' and cities' solidarity to the communities affected by earthquake and avalance in central Italy.
European Committee of the Regions' President Markkula congratulates Antonio Tajani on his election as European Parliament President
On behalf of the European Committee of the Regions I warmly welcome the election of Mr Tajani as President of the European Parliament. He can count on our support to build a strong leadership of the willing to unite the pro-European political forces.
President Markkula on the priorities of the Maltese presidency
The Maltese government has set the single market, security of Europe's borders, maritime policy and migration, as its priorities. These are all issues that matter greatly to local and regional governments.
CoR stands side-by-side with Maltese EU Presidency to rebuild trust in Europe
16.01.2017 | Migration and external relations
The Maltese government has set migration, the single market, the security of Europe's borders and maritime policy as priorities for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which started on 1 January. These are all issues that matter grea
Cohesion policy is delivering €130bn of quality investment, proving it is irreplaceable for all EU regions
The delivery of European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds is accelerating sharply with 20% of total resources allocated to projects identified at national and regional level, according to a European Commission report just published. The European
President Markkula statement on the attack in Berlin
I am deeply shocked by the events at the Christmas market at the Breitscheidplatz in Berlin. My thoughts are with the relatives of those who died and all those affected by this tragic event.
How EU's cities and regions are integrating immigrants
16.12.2016 | Citizenship
The European Union needs to devote more of its attention to the task of integrating immigrants and to supporting the work being done by European cities and regions, a senior official from the European Commission told local and regional leaders at a m
Highlights from the December plenary session
Migration was on the top of the agenda of the CoRs's plenary session on 7 - 8 December. See the article for more.
We need locally determined contributions to deliver COP21 targets, says Kirklees councillor
Andrew Cooper, Kirklees councillor, explains how getting local and regional governments more involved would help reduce emissions, following the COP22 conference in Marrakech last month. See the article for more.
Editorial by Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of Regions, ahead of 2017
The EU's positive impact is not being felt or seen by citizens says CoR president. See what CoR will do in 2017 to better promote the benefits of the EU.
Europe's local leaders propose an operational solution for making better use of the potential of tourism
Europe is currently the world's number one tourist destination and a major part of the European Union economy. In times when unemployment rates have increased dramatically, the travel and tourism sector remains one of the leading job creators both in
Europe's local leaders call for the EU's Common Fisheries Policy to be regionalised
09.12.2016 | Agriculture and Fisheries
CoR, backed proposals by the European Commission that would involve the replacement of over 30 rules through an opinion led by Emily Westley, Hastings Councilor, East Sussex, UK.
New Skills Agenda for Europe: Regions and cities call for greater flexibility for public spending to improve skills and competences
08.12.2016 | Cohesion, jobs, growth, and investment
Investment in human capital could be treated as social investment to support the development of skills in Europe, suggests the European Committee of the Regions in its opinion on the New Skills Agenda for Europe. Led by Marie-Louise Rönnmark, Chair o
Collaborative economy: local leaders call for more clarity and ambition
08.12.2016 | Growth and Jobs
Bolder action needed to seize the potential of social and entrepreneurial development in strategic sectors such as tourism, transport, care services
European Fund for Strategic Investment: regions back extension but diverting resources must be avoided
Local leaders welcome the wider scope and the support for cross-border projects but demand stronger complementarity with EU Cohesion Policy. See the article for more.
Transparency of media ownership essential for media freedom, warn local and regional leaders
08.12.2016 | Single market: digital, energy and capital
Better protection of minors, greater transparency with regard to the ownership of media service providers, promotion of European works, independence of the national regulatory authorities and media literacy are in the focus of the European Committee
Comprehensive reform of migration system is "essential"
CoR pushes for change to asylum, improvements to legal migration and extra efforts on integration. See the article for more.
UfM Ministers agree on new dynamics for an enhanced regional energy framework
Gathered in Rome on 1 December 2016, the ministers in charge of energy from the 43 members of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) agreed to step up regional cooperation on energy in order to deliver a secure, affordable and sustainable energy suppl
74 European regions awarded for investing in digital health and care for the elderly
The European Commission honoured 74 EU regions for their commitment to invest over €4 billion in innovative digital services for older persons, today, at the European Reference Sites awards ceremony in Brussels.
The European Union system should safeguard farmers against extreme price volatility of agricultural products
07.12.2016 | Agricultural and Rural Development
On Wednesday, 7 December, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) adopted recommendations drawn up by Jacques Blanc (France/EPP) intended to regulate the price volatility of agricultural products . The recommendations will feed into debate betwee
Revision of the Posting of Workers directive: Cities and regions call for protective measures against social dumping
07.12.2016 | Growth and Jobs
CoR is the first EU institution to position itself on the revision of the Posting of Workers directive. See the article for more.
No better EU law without cities and regions
Vice-president Timmermans has presented the Commission work programme for 2017 with ‘better regulation’ being at its core. Local and regional leaders ask for a reinforced involvement in EU policy-making and simplified procedures in key areas such as
Regions and cities at the forefront of innovation for active and healthy ageing
06.12.2016 | Digital agenda
Digital innovation can transform demographic change into growth and jobs in the Silver Economy with the contribution of EU regions and cities, stated the President of the European Committee of the Regions Markku Markkula at the opening session of the
Regions discuss EU migration policy with Commissioner Avramopoulos
How to better manage refugee flows and legal migration on the ground will be the central topic of the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions on 7-8 December.
Using local and regional governments to help the European Semester deliver
02.12.2016 | Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)
How to involve local and regional authorities more efficiently and effectively in the European Semester was at the centre of discussions between EC Vice-President Valdis Dombrovkis and the members of the European Committee of the Regions' (CoR) Commi
Debate: Independent Ukraine
02.12.2016 | Ukraine
European balance within the local events of the European Committee of the Regions, accompanying the exhibition 25 years of independence of Ukraine – Ukraine we do not know!
European Tourism Day: Tourism is a job engine and can help to boost a sense of EU citizenship
"The tourism sector has remained one of the leading job creators in Europe, but it can do more. The European Union should introduce a 'European Citizen Travel Card' in order to further promote a sense of European citizenship", the rapporteur on touri
EU must do more to help rural areas thrive, MEPs and local leaders say
29.11.2016 | Agricultural and Rural Development
The AGRI Committee of the European Parliament and the NAT commission of the European Committee of the Regions held a joint meeting on 29 November to discuss the future of rural development policy.
Problems of child migrants thrown into relief as migration-related reports advance
28.11.2016 | Fundamental rights and rule of law
Two sets of proposals aimed at reinforcing a structured, long-term approach by the European Union to migration and to asylum in particular cleared an early hurdle in the European Committee of the Regions on 24 November, with the adoption by a commiss
Looking for the most entrepreneurial regions and cities in Europe
26.11.2016 | SME policy
CoR is looking for cities and regions which are ready to create and implement an ambitious and outstanding strategy to support their SMEs and entrepreneurs. Applications for the European Entrepreneurial Region award 2018 are accepted until 7 April 20
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