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Statement by the European Committee of the Regions' President Markku Markkula on the UK referendum on membership of the European Union
The people of the United Kingdom have decided to shape their future outside the European Union. The European Committee of the Regions, the EU's political assembly of local and regional representatives, regrets but respects this decision. This comes
Urban Agenda: cities' new role shall bring EU closer to citizens
The President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Markku Markkula, welcomes the adoption, on 24 June, of the conclusions establishing an Urban Agenda for the EU at the General Affairs Council.
No future for the European pillar of social rights without the involvement of regions, CoR and EP rapporteurs say
Creating a European pillar of social rights can make a major contribution to the approximation and coordination of social policies and rights in the Member States, according to the rapporteurs of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Eu
Global Covenant of Mayors: Europe's regions and cities ready to spearhead fight against climate change
The Global covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy was launched yesterday in Brussels. Through the Global covenant, the two most successful city initiatives on climate - the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors – join forces. This marks
Manchester City Councillor tells people to get on their bikes
Kevin Peel, talks about how the EU should fund cycling initiatives, in reference to his upcoming report on 'An EU Roadmap for Cycling'. See online for the full interview.
Cities and regions need state-aid rules to be simplified and greater legal certainty for public services
The impact of the EU's state-aid controls on local and regional public services was the topic of a draft opinion adopted by the members of the Commission for Economic Policy (ECON) of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) at their external meet
EU local leaders gather in Tarnów to discuss how to best support innovation and entrepreneurship locally
See what CoR's commission for economic policy (ECON) discussed during their meeting in Tarnów, Poland this week.
CoR adopted a resolution on The contribution of the European Committee of the Regions to the European Commission 2017 Work Programme"
On 15 June, during its 118th plenary session, the European Committee of the Regions adopted by a large majority vote a resolution on The contribution of the European Committee of the Regions to the European Commission 2017 Work Programme. The assembl
TEN-T DAYS 2016: public-private investment needed to complete the EU's transport network
Europe's cities and regions are committed to prioritising the European wide corridors, the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). This, along with small-scale local infrastructure investments, forms the basis for mobility services European citizen
Statement on World Refugee Day 2016
An estimated 60 million people spent 20 June outside their country because of conflict, persecution or factors beyond their control. See what the CoR president had to say about how regions can help refugees.
Action for urban resilience
Ministers, national government officials, mayors and representatives of the United Nations agreed today in Florence on a raft of actions that will make cities more resilient against disasters.
Highlights from the EU's assembly of local and regional leaders, June 2016
Efforts to help Europe's steel industry, to counter radicalisation, and to revise the EU's budget for 2014-2020 were major topics of debate during the European Committee of the Regions' plenary session on 15-16 June. See the article for more.
Local and regional leaders call for more ambitious waste management targets
The European Committee of the Regions wants upcoming legislation to include higher targets for the reuse and recycling of municipal waste as well as targets for plastic packaging by 2030 and binding separate re-use targets for specific waste streams.
Policing alone will not stop terrorists, Europe's cities say
The political leaders of the European Union's cities and regions have called for greater investment in policies to prevent radicalisation, as well as urging local, national and European authorities to "beef up" border controls and target areas where
Europe's demographic challenges require a strong EU response
All EU policies and measures should take demographic challenges into consideration, suggests the European Committee of the Regions in an opinion adopted today. A comprehensive European strategy is needed, as growing demographic disparities among terr
Enlargement process needs to involve local and regional levels
Today political leaders from the European Union's regions and cities recognised the progress achieved in the enlargement process over the past year, but said that more steps need to be taken to involve local and regional levels of government in the
Extremadura, Lower Austria and Western Greece win the European Entrepreneurial Region award 2017
Only the regions with the most credible and promising entrepreneurial vision are awarded as the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).
Regions and cities: time to revise the EU long-term budget to boost growth and respond to migration crisis
Local leaders want the mid-term review of the current Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) to be a full-scale revision directing more funding towards structural growth policies and measures such as the Youth Employment Initiative, the European Fund
Regional and Local leaders on steel: a competitive steel industry is needed for economic recovery and growth across Europe
Commissioner Bieńkowska joined Europe's local and city leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the European steel industry at CoR's plenary. See the article for more.
Local and regional leaders become new EU climate action ambassadors
14.06.2016 | Climate Action and Energy
Manchester City and North Tyneside Cllrs were among those who reinstated their commitment to tackling climate change by becoming Ambassadors of the Covenant of Mayors. See the article for more.
Local and regional leaders to debate radicalisation, the steel industry and waste management in Europe
Counter-radicalisation, the steel industry and waste management are among the topics of debate during the European Committee of the Regions' (CoR) plenary session on 15-16 June. Local and regional politicians from across the EU will also adopt "opini
Jeremy Rifkin: an economic game-plan for Europe's regions
Ahead of the #BratislavaSummit, Jeremy Rifkin, an American economic and social theorist, told CoR that the European Union needs a "new economic vision". See the article for his full-interview.
Visiting circular economy top initiatives in Denmark
09.06.2016 | Climate Action and Energy
The CoR's Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy visited Denmark on 9 May to explore and discover top leading initiatives on the circular economy
We are Europe, CLICK - picture on youth policies
We are Europe, CLICK - picture on youth policies June 17, 2016 Presidency of the Tuscany Region - Piazza Duomo 10, Florence
Atlantic strategy: from information to action
See the article fore how the Atlantic Strategy can lead to targeted funding opportunities that would help initiatives in regions in the five Atlantic Member States.
My Urban Agenda - Kata Tutto
We know that all European cities are unique and still we see similar patterns when it comes to the main challenges like poverty, housing, sustainability, mobility, air quality, climate change adaptation and so on.
Networking and partnerships needed to develop bioeconomy in Europe's regions
An international conference held in Espoo on Friday, 3 June brought together leading figures and stakeholders in the bio-economy from Finland and across Europe. Organised as part of the European Knowledge Exchange Platform, the event was hosted by Ma
Collaborative economy: Local leaders welcome Commission's guidance but call for more focus on small-scale projects and a territorial dimension
While welcoming the publication of the European Commission guidance on the collaborative economy the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) sees a strong focus on big businesses critically and calls for a reflection on how to support smaller initiat
Success of EU enlargement depends on delivering results for the citizens
As the results of around 70% of EU legislation depend on implementation at the local and regional level, President Markkula highlighted the importance for the aspiring EU Member States' cities and regions to take action and start preparing as early
CoR brings the European Green Week to Estonia
EU environmental law was the subject of the first local event organised in Estonia by the city of Rakvere in cooperation with the European Committee of the Regions. The European Green Week event took place on Thursday 2 June in Rakvere Smart City Hal
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