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Economy & Jobs 05-07-2018

Urban growth needs further planning and support, regions say

Urban development needs to be further extended and must not be transformed into a networking exercise, Kieran McCarthy, an Irish councillor from Cork, told a Committee of the Regions plenary in Brussels on Wednesday (4 July).
Economy & Jobs 24-05-2018

MEPs warn of possible higher budget cuts, impact on policies

The proposed expenditure cuts in Common Agriculture and Cohesion Policy in the next long-term EU budget are higher than what the European Commission announced and this might impact future EU policies, the European Parliament’s budget rapporteurs told reporters on Wednesday (23 May).
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2018

CoR wants Commission to consider stabilisation fund for regions affected by Brexit

The UK's departure will have an major impact on the EU's regions and cities, the Committee of the Regions has warned. The Committee has urged the European Commission to consider setting up a regional stabilisation fund before 29 March 2019.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2018

Regions in transition are most at risk due to economic stagnation, no innovation

European regions want an enhanced and inclusive Cohesion Policy that will make use of structural funds and more complementary mechanisms to address the current problems at their core. At the same time, the Committee of the Regions is asking for a concrete plan before the European elections in May 2019.
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Economy & Jobs 05-12-2017

EU cohesion policy is Europe’s added value

Representing 1/3 of the EU budget,  our cohesion policy is made up of hundreds and thousands of local success stories.
Economy & Jobs 09-10-2017

The economic crisis has exacerbated the EU’s regional differences

Despite four decades of a cohesion policy designed to shrink economic gaps between EU regions, differences remain stark and may have been exacerbated by the 2008 economic crisis, it was heard as the European Union presented its seventh 'cohesion report' on Monday (8 October).
Future EU 09-10-2017

Can an ‘EU of the regions’ offer an alternative to Catalan secession?

On Monday, local government officials from across the European Union will converge in Brussels for the ‘European Week of Regions and Cities’. As they meet, they will be well aware of the turmoil taking place in one region in particular - Catalonia.
Regional Policy 01-02-2017

Czech Regions VP: Cohesion policy must serve citizens

Czech and Slovak national delegations to the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) recently presented a joint opinion on the future of cohesion policy after 2020, in which they set out seven common principles and priorities for the next programming period.
Regional Policy 30-11-2016

Regions leader: More flexibility for the new ‘cohesion policy’

Regional structural funds absorption procedures should be simplified, Dr. Michael Schneider said in an interview with EURACTIV Greece, adding that financing through the European Strategic Investment Fund should also include a geographical factor.
EU Priorities 2020 11-02-2016

Subsidiarity: The only way forward

The principle of subsidiarity should be understood as a means to strengthen regional and local political power. Tomasz Poreba discusses the problem of the misinterpretation of this key EU provision.
Brexit 11-02-2016

Crisis-hit Europe on cusp of tragedy like World War One, warns Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk has warned that Europe, reeling from the migration and the possibility of the UK quitting the bloc, is on the cusp of a tragedy like World War One.

Europe must accept more refugees, UN tells regional leaders

Europe must accept more refugees, and offer more financial support to countries neighbouring Syria, if it wishes to alleviate the migration crisis, the United Nations today (19 January) told EU and Mediterranean city leaders.
Climate change 18-12-2015

COP21 just a partial success for cities and regions

For cities and regions across the European Union, the landmark deal at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), was a historic - but only a partial - success, writes Markku Markkula.
Climate change 09-12-2015

COR President takes swipe at COP deal, hails global Covenant of Mayors

The President of the Committee of the Regions yesterday (8 December) took a swipe at leaders struggling to reach a deal to cap global warming at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, while hailing the efforts of mayors to save the planet.
Climate change 04-12-2015

Regions raise the pressure on climate negotiations

After their failure to influence the Lima conference last year, towns and cities are working to make their voices heard on the climate action agenda, a parallel initiative to the official Paris agreement. EURACTIV France reports
Climate change 27-11-2015

EIB boss: Cities and regions have crucial role in ensuring climate investment

SPECIAL REPORT / Finance for developing nations will be central to successful negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference, said Jonathan Taylor of the European Investment Bank.
Climate change 23-11-2015

Regions push for greater influence in climate negotiations

SPECIAL REPORT / Local authorities are raising the pressure on national governments to increase their CO2 emissions reduction targets. But they are struggling to make their voice heard at the international climate negotiations. EURACTIV France reports
Energy 04-11-2015

Commission plans scheme to boost energy efficiency investment in buildings

The European Commission initiative, to be launched next year, will make it easier for smaller energy efficiency projects, such as building renovations, to get EU funding.
Climate change 28-10-2015

EU regions’ leadership in Ocean Energy under threat

European regions in the United Kingdom, France, and Ireland are world leaders in pioneering ocean energy, but risk losing that status to international competitors, unless public support for the technology is stepped up.
Climate change 15-10-2015

Cañete calls on cities and regions to focus on energy efficiency in buildings

Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete yesterday (14 October) told representatives of Europe’s cities and regions to focus their climate change efforts on energy efficiency and especially the renovation of buildings.
Climate change 14-10-2015

Annabelle Jaeger: ‘the EU can achieve zero CO2 emissions by 2050’

Regions and cities are often the driving force behind climate action. Annabelle Jaeger told EURACTIV France that protecting nature directly benefits local authorities, as it keeps them attractive and helps them meet their climate commitments. 
Climate change 14-10-2015

COR President: COP21 will be a failure if cities’ role not enshrined in final deal

EU negotiators must secure a role for cities and regions in the final international agreement to cap global warming by no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels, otherwise the UN Climate Change Conference will be a failure, the President of the Committee of the Regions exclusively told EURACTIV.com.
EU Commissioner Oettinger, Vice President Ansip and former Commissioner Neelie Kroes all attended the Startup Europe summit in Berlin earlier this year
Digital 02-10-2015

European Commission intensifies charm offensive to court startups

The Commission's initiative on startups has revamped its image, and is speeding up a campaign to catch the attention of Europe's entrepreneurs.
Green MEP Michael Cramer with Committee of the Regions President Markku Markkula
Transport 03-09-2015

Regions warn Juncker Plan could overlook small-scale infrastructure

EU officials are making noise about the Juncker Plan, which some say might give cash loans more favourably to large infrastructure projects and leave behind small, local proposals.