EU cities and regions star at Green Week 2019

Green Week, the largest annual event on environmental policies in Europe, has kicked off in Warsaw with Adam Struzik (PL/EPP) hosting the grand opening. This year, environmental implementation is under the spotlight. Largely responsible for implementing environmental policy in Europe, cities and regions will take the floor to deplore ongoing shortfalls on environmental compliance but also to show what successful implementation looks like. The President of the European Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz,  will be summarising the environmental achievements and challenges ahead at the Green Week 2019 closing session in Brussels next 17 May.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:50

Local communities champion waste reduction

The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) has rewarded six projects that arise as the best actions of the year in moving towards zero waste in the EU. This annual prize aims at recognising and incentivising waste reduction initiatives from all actors of society. The EWWR takes place every year in November with thousands of awareness-raising and clean-up activities taking place all over Europe. The 10th edition of the EWWR awards show the pivotal role local communities play in reducing waste. The next EWWR will take place 16 to 24 November 2019.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:36

President Lambertz' Statement on Europe Day: Building the EU from the ground up with its regions and cities

When national leaders sit together later today in Sibiu, they need to offer more than just symbolic words of European solidarity. They need to be vocal that populist-led Euroscepticism offer no credible answers to the challenge of globalisation, the environmental crisis or inequality. They must lay out a vision for a more cohesive, democratic, fairer and sustainable future, acknowledging that only by working together, with its regions and cities, can the European Union deliver.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:17

EU cities and regions pave the way to localise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Commission for Economic Policy (ECON) of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) assembled over 60 elected politicians from across the EU in the Lithuanian town of Druskininkai. Participants discussed the revision of the EU's tax policy, the need to foster European industry's global competitiveness and the challenges and opportunities that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent at the local and regional level. Ahead of the European elections in May and with rising concerns over political fragmentation and the outcome of Brexit, cities and regions still stand as change agents that connect global challenges with local realities in order to deliver a better Europe for all citizens.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:04