Green Deal: cities and regions ready to deliver

The European Commission released its communication and timeline for the European Green Deal. Upgrading energy and climate targets along with new strategies and legislation for climate adaptation, air quality and biodiversity protection are amongst the measures ahead. While COP25 negotiations block on international carbon market rules, the EU's assembly of local and regional representatives calls on the Parties of the Paris agreement to foster cooperation with cities and regional governments as the only way to deliver effective climate action and reverse global warming.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:12

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, 03 December 2019 00:45
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