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Regions and cities of Europe
New EU Nature Directives Action Plan supports regions to protect biodiversity and drive socio-economic growth
27.04.2017 | Environment policy
For the first time CoR joins project team of EU commissioners to steer new Nature Directives Action Plan
Solutions to water problems in Mediterranean region are 'local'
27.04.2017 | Water
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) called on 27 April for the national governments of the 43 members of the Union of the Mediterranean to give local authorities in the Mediterranean region "a clear role in all bodies responsible for planning
Making cohesion more effective, relevant and visible to citizens: President Markkula congratulates Maltese Presidency and welcomes EU Council conclusions
26.04.2017 | Cohesion policy reform
Statement by the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Markku Markkula, on the outcome of General Affairs Council (GAC) held on 25 April, Luxembourg.
Local governments want climate change to go under EU’s Environmental Implementation Review
25.04.2017 | Climate change and environment
CoR's ENVE commission met in Brussels to discuss Energy Union governance, climate finance and electricity markets. See the article for more.
Come and explore Europe on Saturday 6 May:
On Saturday 6 May 2017, the European institutions in Brussels will be open to the general public. This fun and family-friendly day will give everyone the chance to find out how the European institutions work and what their main priorities are. Click
Promoting entrepreneurship for islands' economic growth
21.04.2017 | SME policy
Encouraging entrepreneurship and identifying policy responses to tackle the challenges faced by entrepreneurs on islands was the objective of a seminar organised by CoR's ECON commission on 21 April in Malta. See the article for more.
Local and regional leaders call for EU agenda for the future of our oceans
20.04.2017 | Fisheries and maritime affairs
When it comes to "blue growth", the key priority for cities and regions is the creation of sustainable, high-quality jobs. See the article for more.
EU provides young people with an opportunity to volunteer or work in projects related to European solidarity
The European Solidarity Corps offers Europe's young people a chance to gain work experience and provides local authorities with much needed support on the ground. See the article for more.
Mayors for Economic Growth
The European Commission has recently published the Call for Proposals regarding the "Mayors for Economic Growth" (EuropeAid/155272/DH/ACT/Multi).
UN's development agenda requires 'local leadership'
10.04.2017 | Decentralised cooperation for development
Europe's local and regional authorities will play a "very important role" in ensuring that the United Nations' global development strategy is a success, members of the European Committee of the Regions heard on 6 April at a commission meeting that al
Reflecting on the future of Europe: consultation at the grassroots level is as crucial as the final outcome
07.04.2017 | Governance and Citizenship
Following the publication of the European Commission's White Paper on the Future of Europe, members of CoR's CIVEX commission will collect citizens' concerns and expectations to be included in a special report requested by Donald Tusk, president of t
EER: EU local leaders in Milan to discuss Lombardy Region entrepreneurial strategy
05.04.2017 | Enterpreneurship
The European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award is an initiative of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) that rewards EU regions and cities with prominent future-oriented entrepreneurial strategies, with the aim of supporting the implementatio
Youth unemployment – better equipping our youth for the common challenges ahead requires a local and regional approach
Youth unemployment continues to represent a considerable socioeconomic challenge in many EU Member States. An opinion adopted by the SEDEC commission of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) on 31 March calls for more cooperation with the publi
Promoting health in cities to improve the quality of life of EU citizens
In response to urbanisation, members from CoR's NAT commission adopted a set of health recommendations in priority policy areas such as urban planning, mobility, environment , education, sport and governanc. See the article for more.
President Markkula takes over the patronage of the European Satellite Navigation Competition
Markku Markkula, President ofCoR, takes the patronage of the European Satellite Navigation Competition. This is a major milestone for the 2017 edition of Europe’s leading innovation network for global navigation satellite system applications. See the
NAT commission to discuss the future of the CAP after 2020
27.03.2017 | Agriculture
On 30 March the Commission for Natural Ressources (NAT) will set out the local and regional point of view on health in cities, the European policy on blue growth, the future of CAP after 2020.
Rome Declaration: regions' and cities' voice has been heard, together we will build a European Union with and for the citizens
.We must be proud of Europe's achievements over 60 years of peace and prosperity. My message here in Rome is clear: our Union will only survive and deliver on its promises if citizens and their regional and local communities are personally engaged. T
Highlights of the March plenary session
Michel Barnier, EU Brexit negotiator, described how Brexit negotiations may impact cities and regions during CoR plenary, which took place March, 22-23. See the article for more.
European regions present their energy solutions for future
Innovative energy solutions in Europe's regions and cities are leading the way to a successful transition to clean energy. To demonstrate latest energy R&I policy developments, the European Committee of the Regions welcomed experts in renewable energ
Brexit: EU must show unity protecting the rights of every citizen living and working in regions and cities
The UK should leave the EU on terms that are not "better than EU membership" whilst ensuring the strong ties between regions and cities are maintained for the benefit of all citizens, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) said.
Local governments profile EU legislation to reach 2030 climate targets
23.03.2017 | Climate change and environment
As the EU is engaged in setting up binding targets for reducing CO2 emissions in key sectors such as buildings, small industry, transport, agriculture, waste and forestry, the EU's assembly of local and regional representatives warns: no success is g
In remembrance of the Brussels attacks 22 March 2016: together, united in solidarity.
22 March 2016. Shortly after 8am I was mortified to hear that a member of my own team was at that moment in Zaventem airport. He was lying on the floor under a table trying to shield himself from the chaos around him. Our colleague, friend, husband
Local and regional leaders call for a comprehensive sustainable EU food policy
22.03.2017 | Food production
In a debate with the EU's Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, members of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) declared their support for an EU policy on sustainable food. A common and long-term vision is essential, a
Smart specialisation strategies: Stronger focus on synergies and interregional cooperation
22.03.2017 | Investment and EFSI
The regulatory framework around smart specialisation strategies (RIS3) needs to be reformed to increase synergies between the European Structural and Investment Funds and regional innovation and development policies, as well as to encourage interregi
Health systems: more integration to boost cooperation and reduce gaps in the EU
In its opinion adopted during the plenary session, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) agrees on the need to improve the integration, cooperation and performance of health systems in the Union. European citizens live longer and healthier live
Looking for the most entrepreneurial regions and cities in Europe
16.03.2017 | Cohesion, jobs, growth, and investment
Is your region ready to be the European Entrepreneurial Region award winner for an ambitious and outstanding SMEs and entrepreneurs strategy? Better be quick, application ends on 7 April 2017. See the article for how to apply.
Interreg Europe third call for project proposals is now open
Interreg Europe is calling for project proposals dealing with one of four topics: research and innovation, SME competitiveness, low-carbon economy, or environment and resource efficiency. The application is open until 30 June 2017. See the article fo
OECD study affirms that rural areas make an important contribution to growth and productivity in the EU
Northern and sparsely populated areas (NSPA) make an important contribution to national growth and productivity and investment in these regions is to the benefit of the EU as a whole. This strong message from the OECD was presented at the launch of t
Opening of a Local Democracy Agency in Cimişlia
Ms Tatiana Bădan, Mayor of Selement, Cimişlia Raion, President of the Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova, conveyed a message of support on behalf of CORLEAP at the inaugural event of the first Local Democracy Agency (LDA) established in the R
International Women’s Day: a message from President Markkula
On 8 March every year, we celebrate Women's Day. This year, we encourage talented women to take higher positions and responsibilities in business and politics at regional and local level. The capital cities Barcelona, Bucharest, Madrid, Paris, Prague
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