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Regions and cities of Europe
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 systemapplications. 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, descibed 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
European Public Sector Award 2017 open for application
All levels of Europe's public administration, including regional and local authorities, are invited to take part in the 2017 edition of the European Public Sector Award, organised by the European Institute of Public Administration. Applications will
Mayors say 'no' to populism and rising Euroscepticism
07.03.2017 | EU Treaties
Ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, mayors from major cities in Europe met in Brussels to reaffirm their commitment to Europe's core values of democracy, freedom and equality. See the article for more.
Overcoming gender inequality in business and politics: CoR calls on political parties to actively empower women
A week ahead of International Women's Day, the European Committee of the Regions and its Join Committee for Equal Opportunities (COPEC) today organised a lunchtime debate and networking event to discuss the issue of "Gender equality in politics, mana
Stark assessment of corruption within Europe's local and regional administrations
Closer scrutiny, better leadership and greater clarity about unacceptable types of conduct will be needed in order to curb the significant levels of corruption in local and regional administrations across the European Union, politicians and experts s
Local leaders gather in Warsaw with Commissioner Creţu and Visegrad Group: Cohesion Policy is vital to build the future of the EU
Investing to reduce regional disparities and to mobilise regions and cities to create opportunities for citizens should be the key response to the challenges post-Brexit. See the article for more.
"Let's make SMEs life easier"
01.03.2017 | SME policy
Smart regulation for small and medium-sizes enterprises (SMEs) is the goal of a draft opinion adopted at the commission meeting for economic policy (ECON) of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). What SMEs need most are simple, clear and cons
European Semester: Better output with local and regional input
01.03.2017 | Investment and EFSI
A Code of Conduct for a structured and ongoing involvement of local and regional authorities in the European Semester is the aim of a draft opinion by Rob Jonkmann (NL/ECR) adopted by the commission for economic policy (ECON) of the European Commi
SMN consultation on "Clean Energy for all Europeans Package"
28.02.2017 | Energy efficiency, market and technology
The Subsidiarity Monitoring Network invites you to participate in the consultation on "Clean Energy for all Europeans Package", published on 30 November 2016 and contribute to the analysis of the subsidiarity and proportionality aspects
European Industry Day 2017: strategic investment and stronger partnerships will drive industrial innovation
28.02.2017 | Industrial policy
400 participants, key industrial players, global trend shapers and high-level policy makers discussed the future of industry at the "European Industry Day 2017" on 28 February in Brussels. Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the R
Local leaders urge concerted international action to stabilise Mediterranean
Local and regional leaders from across the Mediterranean and the European Union have urged national governments and the international community to work more closely with mayors and governors to help stabilise North Africa and the Middle East.
Secretary General gives a keynote speech at an ESPON high level workshop
20.02.2017 | Cohesion policy reform
Secretary General gave a keynote speech at a high level workshop on European Policy Orientations on Territorial Development organised by ESPON (European Territorial Observatory Network), a network co-financed by the European Regional and Development
Bart Somers named World Mayor winner for 2016
Bart Somers, mayor of Mechelen and president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the CoR, has been awarded the World Mayor Prize for 2016. CoR members Georgios Kaminis of Athens and Paweł Adamowicz of Gdańsk were also nominated. S
Highlights of the February plenary session
Migration, the Common Agricultural Policy and the investment gap topped the agenda at the CoR plenary session on 8-9 February. See the article for more.
Call for greater involvement of cities and regions in EU adaptation policy
Regions and cities are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events such as storms, floods, heat waves and droughts. Such events can have dramatic economic and social consequences. See the article for more.
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