News - UDiTE
On the 28th June the CoR published a call for proposals for side events to the European Week of Regions and Cities 2021.
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.
The 19th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities will take place from 11th to 14th October 2021. Call for side events open!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 kicked off 2021 with its first virtual meeting of the year - the Executive Committee on 28th January online.
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?
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, 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
Internationally renowned scientists and policy makers will join in a full-day conference to discuss ongoing and future biodiversity trajectories and to highlight its contribution to society and the economy. They will also look at the role this can play in supporting and stimulating recovery in a post-pandemic world, bringing jobs and sustainable growth. The conference will also examine how EU policies such as the European Green Deal can help protect and restore nature. The opening of this year’s EU Green Week will also act as a milestone on the path to the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) on the Convention on Biological Diversity, now planned for 2021, where world leaders will adopt a 10-year action plan for biodiversity – a new global deal for people and nature.
Communication with citizens is no longer solely one-way and top-down. The opportunities given by online communication enable interactive exchanges and direct dissemination of information that overcomes geographical distances. But how can this tool be best utilised by municipal or regional communities? This workshop explores the best practices of employing digital communication to not only inform, but also engage citizens online
Local Intermediate Authorities (NUTS III) are the political and administrative embodiment of the principle of subsidiarity. Acutely aware of the growing divide between EU citizens and their governments, they have been at the forefront of the implementation of concrete initiatives aimed at empowering citizens in order to bridge this gap and can therefore serve as an inspiration for higher levels of governments and the EU.
UDITE AND COUNCIL OF EUROPE LAUNCH EUROPEAN LABEL OF GOVERNANCE EXCELLENCE WITH PORTUGUESE MUNICIPALITIES
UDITE – the European Federation of Chief Executives in Local Government was delighted to have hosted today (06/10/20) an important workshop in the Algarve town of Loulé to launch the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) in Portugal. In this special workshop, part physical, part online, Portuguese municipalities were introduced to the steps they would need to go through if they are to secure this prestigious European Award.