CoR Press

01 Jul: Future of Europe: Local and regional leaders support the call for a Convention to revise EU treaties

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

A revision of the EU Treaties should lead to more involvement of local and regional levels in EU decision making process for a more democratic European Union that is closer to its citizens

 

Local and regional leaders adopted a resolution on the outcome and follow-up of the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFE) at their Plenary session. They call for the swift follow-up and implementation of the recommendations expressed in the report in order to meet citizens’ expectations and they consider that an ambitious reform of the functioning of the EU to …

01 Jul: Czech Presidency puts focus on regions and cities’ challenges and responses to crisis

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

Effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dominate agenda of incoming EU presidency; Czech deputy prime minister also flags up debate on regional development policy and energy transition.

​ One of the Czech Republic’s top priorities​ during its six months in the chair of the Council of the European Union will be to cope with the influx of displaced Ukrainians forced to flee because of Russia’s invasion, Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Bartoš told the European Committee of the Regions on 30 June. He also pledged to try to make it easier for regions and cities…

30 Jun: Cities and regions launch Alliance for Ukraine’s reconstruction

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

Alliance will focus on reconstruction needs of Ukrainian cities and regions, as part of the EU’s and international community’s long-term support for Ukraine.

The European Committee of the Regions and associations representing European cities and regions on 30 June launched the European Alliance for Cities and Regions for the Reconstruction of Ukraine to help Ukraine’s local and regional authorities rebuild homes, schools, infrastructure and services destroyed by Russia since its invasion on 24 February. The Alliance, whose launch came just seven days after the EU’s member states agreed to accept Ukraine as a candidate …

30 Jun: Three European regions awarded for their innovative and sustainable entrepreneurial strategies to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

The European industry, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs), is facing mounting challenges, amplified by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing war in Ukraine. This makes it all the more important to use European policy to strengthen the competitiveness of European SMEs and increase the resilience of the European industry. Through the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) award, the CoR’s promotes smart place-based actions for SMEs and industry, which contribute to a sustainable future for EU regions and cities.

Opening the award ceremony, CoR President Vasco Alves Cordeiro, member of the Azores …

30 Jun: Automotive regions team up for a just and sustainable transition

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

​20 European regions from seven Member States spearhead the Alliance

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has launched the Automotive Regions Alliance – a political network of regions engaged for the successful transition of the European automotive and supply industry. The Alliance aims to bring in the regional perspective into the ongoing debates on decarbonisation of EU transport while securing jobs, competitiveness and ensuring economic and social cohesion in every European territory impacted by the transition. The automotive industry reached a turnover of over 7% of the EU GDP and currently employs over …

30 Jun: Green Deal Going Local: cities and regions put forward economic and social measures to support citizens and businesses to overcome the energy crisis

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

​Dedicated funding to deliver energy efficiency in buildings, green investments to be exempted from public deficit and permanent climate consultations with citizens amongst the proposed measures​

Following up on the Council adoption of its general approaches on key ‘Fit for 55’ files, the European Committee of the Regions adopted four opinions directly related to the role of cities and regions in delivering the European Green Deal – the EU’s growth strategy to reach climate neutrality by 2050. From economic and financial measures to increase local green budgets, to the implementation of the Energy Performance …

30 Jun: The EU must provide local and regional authorities with technical and financial means to decarbonise the building stock by 2050

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

​​The European Committee of the Regions has adopted by a large majority André Viola’s recommendations on the new proposal for a directive on the energy performance of buildings.

On Thursday, the European assembly of local and regional representatives adopted a series of recommendations on the new proposal for a European directive on the energy performance of buildings. The rapporteur for the opinion is André Viola, Aude Departmental Council’s representative to Europe. The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is a cornerstone of the Fit for 55 package, which aims to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions …

30 Jun: The EU’s ecological transition must be grounded on a strong social acceptability and leave no citizen, territory nor business behind

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

At the request of the Council of the European Union, the EU’s assembly of cities and regions has adopted an opinion on the environmental imperatives and social acceptability of the ecological transition. The European Committee of the Regions has greenlighted the proposals of the rapporteur Hanna Zdanowska (PL/EPP), Mayor of Lodz, which puts forward a series of economic and social measures to ensure that the European Green Deal – the EU’s sustainable growth strategy to reach climate neutrality by 2050, is grounded in a strong social acceptability and leaves no citizen, territory nor business …

30 Jun: The European Committee of the Regions calls for green investments to be exempted from the public deficit calculation

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

​On Thursday, the European assembly of regional and local representatives adopted a series of recommendations to support the implementation of green budgets at local and regional level. The recommendations were prepared at the request of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union. The rapporteur for the opinion is Vincent Chauvet (FR/Renew Europe), Mayor of Autun and member of the Green Deal working group of the European Committee of the Regions. The Committee calls on the European Commission and the Member States to exempt green investments from the regional public deficit calculation …

29 Jun: The EU must harness the potential of the Arctic to drive the green transition

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

The Arctic can provide Europe with knowledge, products, resources and energy which are crucial for achieving the EU’s climate goals. At its plenary session on 29 June, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) adopted an opinion drafted by Mirja Vehkaperä (FI/Renew Europe), Chair of Oulu City Board, underlining that EU funding must support the Arctic’s potential as a driver of green growth and the digital transition in the EU, while striking a balance with protecting the Arctic nature and fighting climate change. ​ ​In the new EU Arctic Strategy, the European Commission highlights…