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Economy & Jobs 10-10-2018

Portugal dominates RegioStars Awards with innovation, culture projects

Portugal was the big winner of the RegioStars awards 2018 in Brussels, a project promoting regional innovation, cohesion and culture in the EU, with two awards for its innovation in sustainable industrial technologies and the promotion of cultural heritage.
Economy & Jobs 04-05-2017

CoR president sees ‘enormous opportunity’ in Brexit

Committee of the Regions President Markku Markkula is adamant Brexit is an opportunity to "renew" the European Union, while cities and regions can be the drivers of change. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Climate change 07-02-2017

Banks give €1 billion to build “Smart Europe”

Investors and the banking community have agreed to pour €1 billion into the modernisation and digitalisation of Europe, Council of the Regions President Markku Markkula said today (7 February).

Basque president calls upon EU to counter dumping

President of the Basque Country Íñigo Urkullu today (27 January) called upon the European institutions to put a stop to market dumping and "unfair competition" by Asian economies, particularly in regard to China and the steel sector. 
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.
Regional Policy 26-11-2015

Regions push for ‘bottom-up’ approach to climate change mitigation

SPECIAL REPORT / Ahead of COP21, EU cities and regions are seeking a bigger role and an expanded toolbox to implement any climate agreement reached in Paris.
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.
Markku Markkula
27-02-2015

Regional president confident of Juncker Plan flexibility

SPECIAL REPORT: The Commission is prepared to consider flexibility for member states, in order to offset structural funds from their annual budgets under the Stability and Growth pact, where these are used to co-finance Juncker Plan projects (see background), according to the new president of the Committee of the Regions (CoR).