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Economy & Jobs 14-10-2020

Committee of the Regions warns against centralising cohesion policy

This week, European regional policy leaders met to formulate their demands of the EU. They warned against a reduction of cohesion funds and requested a say in their distribution. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 13-02-2020

Committee of the Regions welcomes Green group for the first time

For the first time, the EU's Committee of the Regions has enough Green members to form their own group. The group, who already met on Tuesday (11 February), is keen to have good relations with the other groups but also wants to "exert pressure". EURACTIV Germany reports.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
EIB President Werner Hoyer and Committee of the Regions President Markku Markkula at Tuesday's meeting in Luxembourg
Regional Policy 02-09-2015

Regions push for better access to Juncker Plan

The European Investment Bank is trying to cool local governments' scepticism over the Juncker Plan, an investment strategy that EU officials hope will pump €315 billion into infrastructure projects around the EU by 2017.
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Regional Policy 05-12-2014

Regions warn Juncker plan could eat cohesion funds

SPECIAL REPORT: Political representatives of Europe’s regions warned yesterday (4 December) that Juncker’s €315 billion investment plan could divert money away from the EU’s existing cohesion funds.
Transport 04-12-2013

Revised EU state aid rules ‘could lead to closure of 100 small airports’

Regional stakeholders from all over Europe are pressing the European Commission to show more flexibility over new guidelines on state aid for airports and airlines, warning these could have “damaging consequences” for local economies.
Regional Policy 12-11-2013

EU regions need to specialise for competitiveness, policymakers say

Every European region needs to explore and exploit its competitive strengths in order to survive economically and push Europe back towards growth, EU policymakers say.
Regional Policy 28-02-2011

Regions call for ‘territorial pacts’ for growth

The Committee of the Regions is gaining support for its idea of forging "territorial pacts" to facilitate the implementation of the 'Europe 2020' strategy at regional and local level.

EU advisory committee defends its role against critics

A week after the European Parliament's liberal ALDE group suggested scrapping advisory bodies to save taxpayers' money, the president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Staffan Nilsson, has come out to defend the role of civil society in EU policymaking.
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