US tariffs on EU agri-food products: regions call for urgent compensation measures

Trade disputes between the EU and the US are damaging exports of European regional agri-food products. In a plenary debate, EU cities and regions have expressed deep concern as US tariffs harm productive sectors, disturb local economies and affect a large number of family businesses. As a response to EU aid to Airbus, the US is imposing tariffs worth EUR6.9 billion affecting over 1.400 products since 18 October 2019.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:31

Progress of Eastern Partnership warrants extra money

The European Union's partnership with six countries on its eastern border, including Ukraine, should receive significantly more money in the next decade, the European Committee of the Regions said on 5 December in a set of recommendations that also called for the EU to work harder to extend the benefits of cooperation beyond national capitals. Among the many other specific proposals are a call for the creation of an academy to train civil servants in local and regional government and more support for local cross-border projects.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:20

More cohesion is needed to tackle brain drain in Europe

Brain drain and negative effects of demographic change have been key concerns for the SEDEC Commission of the European Committee of the Regions during the current mandate period, which is nearing its end. At its last meeting of the year on 27 November, SEDEC members adopted an opinion drafted by Emil Boc (RO/EPP), mayor of Cluj-Napoca, which urges to address the challenge of brain drain in coordination with all levels of government. Otherwise, "the phenomenon will have long-term and permanent effects on the future of the European Union", the draft opinion warns.

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 00:45

European Entrepreneurial Region label 2021 will reward green and sustainable entrepreneurship

The successful European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) scheme, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, has been modernised and renewed for upcoming five years. Each of the annual calls for applications between 2021 and 2025 will have a lead theme, which is linked with the EU policy agenda and relevant to regional and local level. The EER 2021 label will be dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship for a green and sustainable future and will be open for applications from EU regions and cities until 31 March 2020.

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 00:37
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