Cities & regions

09-09-2020

Valencia mayor: We are ready to become testing ground for innovation in Europe

Valencia is one of the dozen finalists in the race to become the 2020 European Capital of Innovation. In an interview with EURACTIV, its mayor, Joan Ribó, defended their mission-oriented proposal to overcome the biggest challenges of our period, bringing on board political parties, the civil society and the scientific community.
31-08-2020

French and Italian organisations partner up to fight flood risks in Mediterranean

The Proterina-3Evolution project has gathered fourteen Italian and French partners from the coastal region to fight against flood risks together, as they share the same risks and benefit from the same support fund, EURACTIV France reports.
15-07-2020

Local action for global goals

Authorities around the world are putting UN Sustainable Development Goal at the core of their agenda but including local governments in their implementation is key for success, writes Tine Soens.
09-07-2020

Cities at the forefront: cooperation as an opportunity for towns to internationalise

Cities across the world have chosen to go beyond fulfilling their citizens’ needs and contribute to development by engaging in international cooperation. EURACTIV has looked into local and regional leaders’ motivation to do so. 
09-06-2020

Decentralised cooperation: boosting citizens participation from Barcelona to Marrakesh

The Government of the province of Barcelona (Spain) and six municipalities in Marrakesh (Morocco) have been working together to strengthen participatory democracy and upholding women’s rights in the region through decentralised cooperation for three years. 
11-05-2020

Urpilainen: COVID-19 crisis ‘proves the need for an international rule-based order’

The COVID-19 crisis "proves the need for an international rules-based order,” the EU's Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen said in an interview with EURACTIV.
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24-04-2020

EU global response to COVID-19: a global pandemic with local solutions!

As a pandemic, COVID-19 is a truly global problem which knows no borders. The situation is now spread almost all over the world and some countries – near and far – could soon be heavily impacted, despite the youth of their population.
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16-04-2020

Time to learn more about the PLATFORMAwards’ projects!

Did you know that many European towns and regions are building projects and partnerships with local and regional governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America, but also in the Eastern partnership? This is called decentralised cooperation.
09-03-2020

EU unveils ‘partnership plans’ for new Africa strategy

Partnerships on ten policy areas are at the heart of the EU’s plan “Towards a comprehensive strategy with Africa,” launched on Monday (9 March). The paper will start a seven-month negotiating process with EU and African leaders, with a view to agreeing a partnership agenda at an EU African Union summit in October.
21-02-2020

EU development policy to be more interest-driven under ‘geopolitical’ Commission

The geopolitical Europea Commission ambition would turn cooperation and development policy into an internal and external interest-driven policy, Alexei Jones, Senior Policy Officer at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) told EURACTIV. 
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2020

Nuclear ‘excluded’ from EU’s new Just Transition Fund

The EU's regional policy Commissioner Elisa Ferreira revealed on Tuesday (14 January) details of the €100 billion Just Transition Mechanism, a key financial component of the European Green Deal that should make the bloc climate neutral by 2050.
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10-01-2020

Apply before 31 January 2020 to the PLATFORMAwards

Does your town or region contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals? Do you want to win a video to promote your development cooperation project? Do you want to get a free entrance to CEMR 2020 Congress in Innsbruck? Apply before...
Climate change 10-12-2019

24 Turkish cities oppose Erdogan, support Paris Climate Agreement

Within the framework of the current COP25, 24 Turkish cities and municipalities committed themselves to the Paris Climate Agreement yesterday (9 December). Turkey is the only G20 country that has not yet ratified the Paris Agreement. EURACTIV Germany reports.

COP25: cities are no longer waiting around for nations, Milan’s mayor says

Because there is still a small number of nations blocking progress in implementing the Paris Agreement, and cities already feel their impact of climate change, they are ready to take the lead in fighting global warming, Milan's mayor and C40 network Vice-Chairman Giuseppe Sala told EURACTIV in an interview. 
Development Policy 27-11-2019

Why EU must guarantee funding for local, regional governments in post-2020 development policy

Member states must strongly support the proposal of the European Parliament to add a budget line for local authorities to tackle global challenges, including through their decentralised cooperation, writes Marlène Siméon.  
Agrifood 11-10-2019

Fourteen mayors sign declaration to promote sustainable food policies in their cities

Fourteen cities announced on Thursday (10 October) that they would pay particular attention to the sustainable and healthy food supply in their cities in the future. This way, they aim to save 60% of the carbon emissions in the food sector. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 10-10-2019

Cities will be key in the fight against climate change, UN chief says

Mayors from all over the world are meeting in Copenhagen this week for the C40 World Mayors Summit. They have gathered to fight the so-called 'climate urgency' and are calling for a "Green New Deal" to be implemented worldwide. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 19-09-2019

Investing in zero-carbon cities will return $24 trillion by 2050, report finds

By investing US$1.83 trillion -  about 2% of global GDP - per year in cutting urban emissions, national governments would generate annual returns worth US$2.80 trillion in 2030 and US$6.98 trillion in 2050, a report released Thursday (19 September) finds.
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Climate change 06-06-2019

Connecting the dots to enable climate leadership at all levels

We are running out of time to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030, and need urgent and ambitious climate leadership. Cities are central to this effort – and it is crucial that we continue to enable our cities to address and solve climate challenges, writes Lars Tveen.
Circular economy 14-05-2019

EU cities join forces for more sustainable tourism

Climate change and tourism are closely interlinked. Local and regional authorities across Europe are working together to improve waste management to make tourism more sustainable in their towns.
EU Elections 2019 16-04-2019

‘Citizens are calling for a change’, regional leader says on upcoming EU election

If the EU wants to regain citizens' trust after the European elections, it has to strengthen links with cities and regions, Stefano Bonaccini told EURACTIV.com.
EU Elections 2019 10-04-2019

Make Europe more local, municipal leaders tell aspiring MEPs

Representatives of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) met with aspiring members of the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday (9 April) to discuss their priorities ahead of the upcoming European elections. 
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A city leaders agenda for Europe
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2019

A city leaders agenda for Europe

The future of Europe depends on its cities. They are the place where the fight against climate change becomes real, where technological innovation can help boost the digital transformation, and where equal and inclusive societies are made.
EURoad2Sibiu 18-03-2019

In Bucharest, local leaders call to rebuild the EU from the bottom

Hundreds of European local and regional leaders demanded a bottom-up approach to rebuild the EU, during the 8th Cities and Regions summit in Bucharest, ahead of the informal European Council on the future of Europe in Sibiu in May. 

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