Salutation President Committee of the Regions, Luis Valcárcel





With around 15,000 members and working as the umbrella organisation across 15 EU countries, UDiTE links with its members' Local Government National Associations to promote constructive relations between Chief Executives and senior managers.

UDiTE aims to develop exchanges of information and expertise, to enhance the role and functions of local authorities, and to contribute to the European Union.


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Udite XI Biennal Congress - Cadix 2012

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Dear Colleagues,   The city of Cadiz and Spain welcome the 11th Congress of the Udite on next 23rd and 24th of November at the same time as the Cosital  annual Conference ( The Congress is an important time in the life of our European federation and it is essential that the Udite member countries are represented and participate in this essential meeting between professionals of local governance.    

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 UDITE IN BRUSSELS Over 60 per cent of European Union legislation often ends up being implemented locally by local and regional authorities. It is for this reason that UDITE's local and municipal government executives government need to be up to date on the implicators of new and amended proposals that are being decided in Brussels and will affect local government in the next few years. A number of key EU proposals in the past have changed the way councils provide services and manage risks for whcih they are responsible. Landmark judgements in the European Court of Justice as a result of non compliance in the fields of Environmental Impact Assessment, the Landfill & Waste Framework Directives are having a direct impact on the way local authorities organise their waste services. Important case law, clarifies and defines how we implement public procurement policies on the ground.  How we tender? What environmental and social factors can we take into account? and finally how might a tendering procedure between two public authorities be exempted from a full procurement procedure on the basis of it being a service of general interest that does not distort the market locally or across borders. UDITE maintains a part time service in Brussels to keep track of key EU policies affecting local authorities, liaise with the European Institutions including the Committee of the Regions and maintain contacts with other local & regional government networks and business partners in Brussels.  UDITE TO HOST HIGH LEVEL WORKSHOP AT OPEN DAYS - 7th TO 10th OCTOBER 2013UDITE is currently working with VEOLIA ENVIRONNMENT on the preparation of a workshop that will take place in the OPEN DAYS 2013 that are due to be hosted in the Committee of the Regions between 7th & 10th October 2013. The UDITE / VEOLIA ENVIRONMMENT workshop "PPPs: optimising partnerships to face environmental challenges 2014-2020" takes place on Wednesday 9th October and interested members are invited to register on OPEN DAYS website from early July.   OVERHAUL OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT RULES REACHING CONCLUSION DURING IRISH PRESIDENCY The Irish Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers is committed to securing a deal with the European Parliament before the end of June.  The European Commission proposed the new directive in December 2011 to replace the existing rules for the coordination of contracting procedures for public goods, supplies and services (2004/18/EC). The European Commission believes that in future procurement should no longer be about achieving the lowest possible price but the Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) enabling the contracting authority to take account of criteria that reflect qualitative, technical and sustainable aspects of the tender submission as well as price when reaching an award decision. The proposed directive also wants other factors such as the environment and labour to be taken into account. Sub-contractors should be covered by the same rules imposed on the main contractor. In addition it should be made easier for small and medium-sized companies to take part in public procurement, while in the future all procurement transactions should be carried out electronically . Finally, criteria regarding the environment, sustainability and any societal considerations should be clarified and extended. Meanwhile, a frantic lobbying campaign has been ongoing in recent months to underpin the right for local authorities to promote public-public cooperation : a necessity that is of growing importance due to the impact of austerity on local and regional budgets. In particularly, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) is concerned by the fact that Article 15.4(a) of the European Commission’s original proposal remains unchanged, as it would require local authorities to establish a “genuine cooperation ... involving mutual rights and obligations”. These additional conditions would mean a municipality could not provide a service for another local authority against remuneration without having the latter provide another service in exchange. European local and regional governments are against these added conditions as they would hinder the efficient delivery of services, knowing that some local governments are too small or understaffed and underfunded to deliver certain services on their own, let alone provide other services to larger cities.  Moreover, the conditions of “genuine cooperation” and “rights and obligations” go beyond the recent ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (Lecce ruling, case C-159/11, 19 December 2012, points 34 & 35), which did not assess these conditions as being necessary. EUROPEAN COMMISSION RECOGNISES THE ROLE OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN DEVELOPMENT POLICY PLATFORMA, the network of local authorities for development has welcomed the European Commission's recent communication recognising the potential of local authorities in devloping countries to addressing the complexities of sustainable development and fighting poverty. Public and private actors have their role to play especially at local level. In the last two decades, many central governments in developing countries have attributed responsibilities to Local Authorities in country development processes, with a view to allow for the definition of public policies and service delivery on local realities. However, this political recognition has not always been accompanied by an adequate level of autonomy, capacity development and financial resources, leaving their empowerment incomplete. In many EU partner countries, funding directly channelled through Local Authorities still represents a marginal part of national public sector expenditure and of international development aid. A certain number of obstacles have to be overcome in order to unlock the development potential of Local Authorities. It is with this purpose that the European Commission reaffirms the importance of Local Authorities in partner countries, in achieving development objectives and proposes a more strategic engagement for their empowerment. READ MORE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE ON THE DIVISION OF COMPETENCES IN LOCAL AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENT The Committee of the Regions has recently launched a new website for the division of powers in local and regional Government.  The Committee of the Regions has invited UDITE members to follow the site in the next few months as it develops. READ MORE MAXIMISING THE IMPACT OF REGIONAL AND LOCAL PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND THE EU BUDGET 2014-2020 In Europe, 65% of public capital investment originates from local and regional authorities. The crisis of the last 5 years has strongly affected the investment capacity of Europe's cities and regions. Fiscal consolidation impacts all levels of governance, whilst there is a need to step up the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy for sustainable, smart and inclusive growth on the ground. UDITE was represented among more than 150 stakeholders at a high level conference, organised on 13 May by the Committee of the Regions and the European Investment Bank, with the support of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU. Among the confirmed speakers were CoR President Valcárcel, EIB President Hoyer, Luxembourg Prime Minister Juncker, European Commissioner Barnier and the Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Howlin. VIEW VIDEO Download presentations Speech Ramón Luis Valcárcel (President CoR) Speech Werner Hoyer (President EIB) Speech Michel Barnier (European Commissioner) Speech Mercedes Bresso (1st Vice-President CoR) Presentation Isabelle Chatry (OECD) Presentation Eugenia Kazamaki (EIB) Presentation Manfred Maas (Saxony-Anhalt Development Bank) Presentation Christophe Parisot (Fitch Ratings) Presentation Brendan Smyth (European Commission) Presentation Thomas Wobben (CoR) Presentation Fabian Zuleeg (EPC)      

Sharing Best Practice

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Local authorities from around the world pay special attention to the lessons learned between Nations. They see them as a way to inspire new ways of thinking and stimulate performance improvements.

UDiTE plays an important role in regards to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and experience between managers and executive heads of high-ranking local governments from all over Europe. This enables knowledge sharing and support the continuous professional development of local government professionals.

Therefore launched the initiative "Sharing knowledge", which is intended to tip how much information is available in different formats, on local management.

You will find below a series of training videos that address different subjects of interest: from the managerial strategies of coaching, to more technical aspects related to the management and local government, such as the European legislation on public procurement, tax systems or environment.

Recorded in high quality, the videos are available in three languages: English, French and Spanish. Each month will have a new video, which we hope will be of interest to you.

In the menu on the right, in the VIDEO section, you can visualize them.