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Press Release: Climate change – local governments and their networks join forces

Less than two months before UN climate negotiations take off in Bonn, European cities and regions are consolidating alliances with civil society and environmental associations to push climate action forward. The European Committee of the Regions today signed an Action Plan with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and another with Climate Alliance. Both cooperation agreements seek to accelerate the implementation of the Paris .

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Press Release: Michel Delebarre elected as chair of the Commission for Economic Policy

Michel Delebarre, member of Dunkirk Municipal Council (FR/PES) and senator for the Nord department, has been elected as chair of the European Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Economic Policy (ECON) following Christian Buchmann (AT/EPP), member of the Styrian Parliament. Arnoldas Abramavičius (LT/EPP), Member of Zarasai District Municipal Council and Rob Jonkman (NL/ECR), Member of the Executive Council of Opsterland, will serve as First and Second Vice-Chair.

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Agenda: Committee of the Regions NAT Commission Meeting (26 September 2017)

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Press Release: Race against the clock for climate finance

Ahead of COP23, the UN climate talks to take place next November in Bonn, cities and regions have gathered in Agadir together with a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the climate agenda. And climate finance is on top. The Climate Chance Summit is the annual meeting point for non-state actors to define the most pressing issues to be addressed at UN’s COP negotiations. Full article…

Event: Conference for protection of old growth forest in Europe (13-14 September 2017)

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Press Release: Digital Europe: Estonia shows how innovation can improve public services

Local and regional governments must help lead the digital revolution in the European Union, President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) Karl-Heinz Lambertz said in Tallinn on Friday. Members of the Committee – the EU’s assembly of local and regional governments – gathered in the Estonian capital to share best practises in public innovation and digital solutions that are transforming public services.

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Agenda: Meeting of the Committee of the Regions ECON Commission (19 September 2017)

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Event: Committee of the Regions Stakeholder consultation – Europe on the Move (Brussels, 18 September 2017)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Committee of the Regions ENVE Commission (18 September 2017)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Committee of the Regions SEDEC Commission (28 – 29 September 2017)

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Event: Biowaste in the circular economy (Brussels, 6 September 2017)

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Written Stakeholder Consultation on Local and regional perspective on promoting public sector innovation via digital solutions

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Event: Financing climate action at local regional level – funding opportunities for the adaptation challenge (Brussels, 19 September 2017)

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Press Release: Strengthening innovation in Europe’s regions through smart specialisation and a strong cohesion policy

“Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions, has endorsed the European Commission’s communication “Strengthening Innovation in Europe’s Regions”, which proposes a set of actions to further help Europe’s regions, invest in smart specialisation and generate the innovation, resilience and growth needed in the era of globalisation.”

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Event: Strategic approach to resilience in the EU’s external action (Brussels, 27 July 2017)

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Press Release: Cities and regions can find ‘right answers to the big development issues’

Visions of a sustainable future set out by the United Nations and the European Union will require a dynamic and sustained collective process that cannot by driven solely by “centrally managed, top-down policies and programmes”, the European Committee of the Regions declared on 12 July in a set of recommendations that also argue that the EU has yet to realise in full the “local and regional dimension” of sustainable development. Full article…

Press Release: Eco-innovation is the new driver of Europe’s cities and regions

Markku Markkula has addressed the Ministers of Environment of the EU 28 Member States today in Tallinn. The President of the European Committee of the Regions, said: “Eco-innovation is the driver for transforming our cities and regions into truly smart and sustainable hubs that create quality jobs. Eco-innovation can bring economic growth and contribute to our objectives to become carbon neutral by 2050. It can speed-up the transition. The European Union must give its means to win the war against global warming while improving the lives of our citizens.’ Full article…

Press Release: Cities and regions want to accelerate Europe’s energy transition

The members of the European Committee of the Regions have adopted a set of legislative and policy recommendations on the energy package, presented by the European Commission in November 2016. Full article…

Press Release: Local leaders team up with EU Commission to boost low-emission mobility across Europe

EU local authorities are making transport systems more efficient, promoting the use of low-emission energy for transport and paving the way for zero-emission mobility. But, according to the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), they need an improved legal framework and stronger financial support to replace polluting public transport fleets. These concerns were shared by the EU’s Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, who jointly with local leaders launched an EU-wide initiative to accelerate the deployment of zero-emissions buses across Europe. Full article…

Press Release: Clearing sea of plastic must be priority for the EU, local and regional leaders say

Local and regional leaders have thrown their backing behind the European Union’s wish to clear the sea of plastic, but, in recommendations adopted on 12 July at the European Committee of the Regions, they also urge the EU to embrace additional ambitious measures – ranging from tackling waste dumped at sea to protected zones – intended to clean and revive the oceans. Full article…

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