Agenda items include a thematic debate on cybercrime and cybersecurity as a challenge for local and regional authorities.
The agenda includes a discussion and adoption of the opinion on the initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the western Mediterranean, a debate on consumer policy and information on the hurricane disaster in Poland.
The aim of the SMART Pannonia project is to turn Burgenland/Western Hungary into a jointly operating region again. An essential basis for this is the mobility of people and goods. In the last few years, intensive work has been carried out on the key issues of future mobility in the cross-border area of Burgenland/Western Hungary. Cross-border mobility projects promoted by the EU have provided the basis for direct cooperation both at the level of transport providers and at political level. It is now time to further these developments, building on the results of studies from projects which have already been completed.
Over the past five years, the local administration of Sector 3 in Bucharest has made itself national champion in the energy renovation of blocks of flats. The team led by the mayor, Robert Negoiță, has managed to access the bulk of the Structural Funds earmarked for energy renovation: 85% of all European funds assigned to Romania under this heading. Full article…
The world’s cities and regions should have both more rights and responsibilities in the fight against climate change, leaders of two large networks of cities and regions – the European Committee of the Regions and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) – have said, as they welcomed a Declaration that calls for local and regional authorities to be formally part of the global governance system to combat climate change. Full article…
The municipality of Viroinval has invested in putting the Moulin de Nismes – the Nismes mill – back into operation as part of its action plan for sustainable development, set up after it joined the Covenant of Mayors.
Hydrological vulnerability can been seen in repeated episodes of temporary flooding or storm rainfall – the most recent extraordinary event being in December 2008 – and by the foreseeable deterioration associated with the impact of climate change in terms of a rising sea level and extreme weather events.
The European Committee of the Regions will participate in the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn with a delegation of 20 members lead by President Karl-Heinz Lambertz.
Cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) can reduce air pollution, benefit disadvantaged users and communities and trigger new business opportunities for local economies. The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) urges the European Commission to think not just of cars, but also waterways, air and rail. Rules, funding and clear technical requirements are needed to boost C-ITS harmonised development across sectors.
The EUSALP AG4 organizes a yearly Conference on Mobility in the Alpine regions to discuss the challenges in the field of mobility and transport in the frame of the EU strategy of the Alpine Region – EUSALP. The topic is linked to territorial cohesion post 2020 linked to the macro regional aspect and specifically to green mobility.
UN Special Representative, President of the European Committee of the Regions and EU Commissioner for Regional Policy urge EU to protect regional funds to strengthen cities’ and regions’ resilience and to tackle climate change.
The European Union should respond to the terrible loss of life caused by earthquakes in Italy this year by embracing a long-term policy of helping the renovation of vulnerable buildings and infrastructure, the European Committee of the Regions says in a set of policy recommendations adopted on 11 October.
The European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) launched a joint platform today to help high-speed broadband reach all European regions, including rural and sparsely populated areas where there is not enough market-driven development. The first meeting of the Broadband Platform took place in Brussels in the presence of the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, CoR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz and local and regional politicians from EU member states.
The assembly of local and regional representatives of the European Union has endorsed the opinion of the president of the Community of Valencia Ximo Puig on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). President Puig calls for further funding to complete the European transport network. He also calls on the European Commission to involve the regions in the process of selection, management, monitoring and control of projects and claims for the abolition of the need for state approval when signing projects.
Commissioner Arias Cañete reaffirms EU leadership for upcoming UN climate talks as local governments adopt position on climate finance Full article…
Local leaders call for expanding the Environmental Implementation Review’s scope to include the Industrial Emissions Directive and the EU policy on chemicals. Rapporteur Andrew Cooper also proposes including action on Climate Change and has proposed the new concept of Locally Determined Contributions as a way to enable Local and Regional Authorities to contribute to the Paris agreement obligations. Full article…
The President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Karl-Heinz Lambertz, delivered today the first-ever “State of the European Union: the View of Regions and Cities”, which was followed by a debate with European Council President Donald Tusk. This new exercise is to be seen in the context of the ongoing political debate on the future of Europe.
The President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Karl-Heinz Lambertz, will deliver the first-ever “State of the European Union: the View of Regions and Cities” address during the CoRs’ plenary session on 10 October in Brussels. The address will be followed by a debate with the European Council’s President Donald Tusk and EU local leaders on the future of Europe. EU Commissioner for climate action and energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, will then set out the EU’s priorities for the UN climate talks in Bonn as EU cities and regions revitalise a climate coalition with their US and Canadian counterparts.