25 April 2016

“Imperative that we rethink Europe” was the message at CEMR 2016 Congress

 Jan Olbrycht, President of the URBAN Intergroup, took part to the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) Congress in Nicosia (Cyprus) on Friday April 22nd.

 

At the closing plenary, he called on mayors to take part in the future of Europe, but pointed out that the reality of the European Union may be completely different in a few months should the referendum yield a Brexit vote in the United Kingdom. While recognising that proximity to citizens entails more responsibility for local authorities, there was also a frank assessment that there are many mayors and citizens that are becoming increasingly anti-European. He suggested that “local government has to rethink Europe because all the decisions at the EU level are implemented at the local level”.

 

Jan Olbrycht was speaking along with the Mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Parks Tau, and the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Jean-Claude Frécon, who called to rethink the European project. Participants to the  closing Plenary suggested that a new practice of local and European policy will re-invigorate a desire for Europe that “has dried up”.

 

The aim of the CEMR Congress was to discuss about the vision of Europe in 2030 around 7 major themes:  Governance & Leadership; Economy & Finance; Business, Technology & Innovation; Society & Culture; Environment, Climate & Energy; Cooperation & Partnerships and finally the EU Integration.


5 June 2013

URBACT launching event – 18 June 2013

URBACT with the support of Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission is organising a launching event of a series of six new URBACT thematic reports “Cities of Tomorrow: Action Today”. Published as a result of URBACT capitalisation process these reports focus on key urban challenges. The launching event will take place in Brussels in the European Commission Albert Borschette Conference Centre on Tuesday 18 June 2013, 11:00-14:00. Come and debate the big issues facing European cities with our expert panel and take the opportunity to submit your own questions.  Register now!
 

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