Energy efficiency in focus as local and regional leaders prepare for Eastern Partnership summit

The forum for regional and local authorities from the European Union and the EU's eastern neighbours – the Conference of Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) – met in Belarus on 22 May for the first time since its launch by the European Committee of the Regions in 2011.

Monday, 29 May 2017 18:17

EER winner Małopolska presents its entrepreneurial achievements

The European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) award identifies and rewards EU regions and cities with outstanding, future-oriented entrepreneurial strategies. A delegation of EER jurors, led by Paul Lindquist (SE/EPP), visited EER 2016 winner Małopolska in May to assess the implementation of the EER action plan and the impact of the specific measures carried out by the region during the year.

Monday, 22 May 2017 18:47

Plenary roundup: 11-12 May 2017

The European Union's past, present and future and its Cohesion Policy were the main focuses of debate during the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), held on 11-12 May. In addition to an opinion on the future of Cohesion Policy after 2020, the CoR adopted detailed recommendations on budget rules, a 'code of conduct' on EU governance, entrepreneurship on islands, the bioeconomy, social innovation, young people, health, and relations with countries seeking to join the EU. It also discussed the rule of law in the EU and its neighbourhood with the president of the Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

Monday, 22 May 2017 18:44

EU local leaders want a faster, flexible and ambitious cohesion policyat the heart of Europe's future

Thanks to cohesion policy, the EU invest €454bn between 2014 and 2020 to reduce disparities and support sustainable growth in all its regions, in partnership with national and local actors. In a paper adopted on 11 May, regions and cities argued that this policy has delivered tangible results and should be strengthened in the future. With proper funding, more flexibility, easier procedures and better integration with other EU investment tools, cohesion policy can make the recovery of European economies faster and more inclusive, enabling the Union to tackle urgent challenges such as migration, climate change, and territorial resilience.

Monday, 15 May 2017 19:45