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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - JUNE 2021

Whatever the subject, theme or issue at hand, our professionalism comes into play when selecting the method we apply to execute our work. The office we all hold, whatever the title, has the sole purpose of being of service to the public in the Cities, Towns, and Villages we serve
Courtesy of Woluwe Saint Lambert

BRUSSELS MUNICIPALITIES AT THE HEART OF THE MANAGEMENT OF THE HEALTH CRISIS

In this edition we have been speaking to Philippe Rossignol, Communal secretary in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe and President of the Federation of Brussels Municipal Secretaries

ECOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION TAKES CENTRE STAGE IN BRUSSELS

Another EU Green Week is over attracting a record online audience from citizens and stakeholders around the EU. Dedicated to the EU ambition of a zero pollution, the event zoomed in on efforts to tackle pollution of air, soil and water, creating a world where pollution is no longer harmful for people’s health and ecosystems.

NATIONAL PLANS FOR 860 BILLION RECOVERY FUNDS SUBMITTED TO BRUSSELS

In Brussels the wheels have started to turn in the EU machinery to get the €800bn recovery package deployed to mitigate the economic fallout from the pandemic.

MARSEILLE TO HOST MAJOR 2022 SUMMIT OF REGIONS AND CITIES ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE?

Speaking on Europe Day on 9th May in Strasbourg, for the European Union’s launch event of the Conference on the Future of Europe - President of the EU Committee of the Regions ​Apostolos Tzitzikostas set why the EU institutions must reach out to local and regional authorities if it is to be a success.
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COUNCIL OF EUROPE DISCUSSES THE ‘15-MINUTE CITY’ – A LOCKDOWN DAYDREAM OR A MODEL FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN LIVING?

The World Forum for Democracy has given itself 12 months to answer one question: Can democracy save the environment? In a recent webinar hosted between the Council of Europe and the World Forum for Democracy participants explored the role that the local level can play in environmental action.

EUROCITIES SOCIAL SUMMIT - 6TH MAY

Alarmed by the unprecedented crisis that is deepening social inequalities City Mayors from across Europe met to make a clear case for action in our cities where homelessness, unemployment and deprivation are shooting up threatening new groups of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

GET READY FOR 2021-27 – STRUCTURAL FUNDS, RECOVERY FUNDS GRANTS AND LOANS?

As preparations for new 2021-27 EU programmes continues, a new video has been put together to help you navigate the new names and acronyms that are now emerging.

UDITE CONGRESS TAKING SHAPE!

Arrangements for next UDITE congress are progressing now that the French syndicate, SNDGCT has confirmed the rescheduled date in Metz at the Robert Schuman Congress Centre from 14th to 16th October 2021.

PARALYMPIC LEGEND ELECTED CHAIR OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION IN ENGLAND & WALES

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, has successfully elected as the Local Government Association president, which is a cross-party role, at the LGA’s virtual general assembly in July. She is better known to the public as one of the UK’s most decorated Paralympic athletes, winning eleven gold medals as well as four silvers and a bronze, over 16 years for GB.
EWRC 2021

STOP PRESS: EUROPEAN WEEK OF REGIONS AND CITIES WORKSHOP APPLICATION

We have just heard from European Week of Regions and Cities 2021 that our application to host an online workshop as part of the main programme, Delivering a sustainable & green recovery for our regions & cities has not be retained this time. The Committee of the Regions received a high number of applications and due to a limited number of available session slots not all of them can be accommodated.

LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES FOR CEO DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

PRIMO EUROPE conducted a wide-ranging survey into the needs and risks of cities in times of crisis, such as COVID-19. From the survey, about ten topics emerged that were perceived as short-term risks. Topics that came to the fore were possible shortages in food supply and social aid, postponed maintenance of infrastructure, increased unemployment, worsening of the economic climate, and the need for food security.

UDITE AND PRIMO LAUNCH NEW INITIATIVE: EUROPEAN ROUND TABLES ON THE RISKS AND NEEDS OF LOCAL CHIEF EXECUTIVES DURING COVID-19

PRIMO EUROPE and UDITE have a longstanding cooperation in the field of good governance. The results of the survey and the responses of the local chief executives have prompted the launch of a new initiative.

UDITE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ON TRACK FOR 2021

UDITE kicked off 2021 with its first virtual meeting of the year - the Executive Committee on 28th January online.

EUROPEAN WEEK OF REGIONS AND CITIES 2021 LAUNCHED

The 19th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities will take place from 11th to 14th October 2021. As in 2020, EWRC will be a digital event.

HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY CEMR!

Paul Gatt, Ronny Frederickx and Simon Pascoe joined the online event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions on 28 January 2021. The event attracted over 500 participants from across Europe to reflect on the future of Europe in a century of transformation.  Local and regional leaders from 50 countries were united in sending their best wishes to CEMR at the online celebration of our 70th anniversary. The event looked at what Europe might look like in 2050. What pitfalls and threats are lurking? What can local government do to make that future a bright, healthy and sustainable one?

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG LAYS DOWN GLOBAL CITIES CHALLENGE 2021 IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed daily life for people around the world and required that cities do more with fewer resources than ever before. Yet, even in the face of a public health crisis, social unrest, massive budget shortfalls, and mounting climate disasters, local leaders  are innovating and taking bold steps to tackle their cities’ most pressing challenges?
Tim Lucie, CCMA representative on UDITE

INNOVATION IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN IRELAND DURING COVID-19

Tim Lucie, Chief Executive of Cork County Council and CCMA representative for Ireland on UDITE talks about how fostering innovation across the public service is a primary policy focus within Our Public Service 2020