CoR Press

03 Jun: Apprenticeships for future needs: regions and cities have a double role

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The European Committee of the Regions and the European Alliance for Apprenticeships are organising a joint high-level conference this week. At the opening session on 3 June, the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit and the chair of the CoR’s SEDEC Commission Anne Karjalainen highlighted the pivotal role of regions and cities in providing quality and effective apprenticeships for all.

Commissioner Schmit and SEDEC Chair Anne Karjalainen concluded that local and regional authorities can promote apprenticeships both in their role as employers as well as being catalysers that encourage employers to take on apprentices and build …

01 Jun: The European Week for Waste Reduction rewards its best actions implemented in 2020

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The award-winning initiatives come from cities and regions in Spain, Germany, Belgium, France, Bulgaria, Finland, Italy and Romania.

​​​The most outstanding awareness-raising actions on waste reduction implemented during the 2020 European Week for Waste Reduction were announced on 1 June 2021 in an online ceremony, held as a pre-conference event of the European Green Week 2021. Six winners, out of a total of 10,696 actions in 33 countries, were awarded, one in each of the following categories: publication administration and organisation, business/industry, association/NGO, educational establishment, citizens, as well as a European Special Prize for the action that showcased …

28 May: COVID-19: European recovery cannot leave outermost regions behind

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The Bureau of the European Committee of the Regions adopted the “Azores declaration” asking to address the impact of the pandemic in a strategic partnership with local and regional authorities

Highlight the need of a particular focus on the outermost regions in the EU’s strategy to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery: this is the main objective of the Azores declaration, adopted today by the Bureau of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), virtually gathered in the Autonomous Region of the Azores (Portugal). The document has been presented to representatives of the European …

25 May: CoR ECONomic Bulletin No. 11

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Covid-19 impact and response measures

The Covid-19 pandemic has substantial repercussions on the European economies. The ECON Commission of the European Committee of the Regions prepares regular economic bulletins on recent research, articles and discussions on the socio-economic impact of the pandemic in Europe and on the different economic response measures planned and implemented at EU, national, regional and local level.…

18 May: Regional leaders call to avoid competition between cohesion policy and over-centralised EU Recovery Plan

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

The CoR’s President invited the EU Ministers responsible for cohesion policy to create real partnership among EU, national, regional and local actors to deliver the recovery that our citizens need

The President of the European Committee of the Regions Apostolos Tzitzikostas intervened today at the informal meeting of Ministers responsible for cohesion policy. The debate focused on how to ensure synergies between cohesion policy and the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the EUR 672.5 billion instrument that is the cornerstone of the recovery instrument Next Generation EU, known also as the Recovery Plan for …

11 May: European Democracy Action Plan: A “democratic vaccine” against disinformation and hate speech

(Source: Committee of Regions)

A thematic debate on the Conference on the Future of Europe also took place during the CIVEX meeting, where members stressed that the current EU institutional framework does not properly reflect the sub-national representative bodies like regional parliaments​​Populism, nationalism, disinformation, hate speech and conspiracy theories are widespread in the European public and political sphere, which is leading to polarisation and intolerance. The deterioration of fundamental rights in one Member State has a negative impact across the EU. Therefore, in the 8th meeting of the CIVEX Commission, members welcomed the European Commission’s initiative on the European Democracy Action …

10 May: CoR SEDEC Bulletin No. 10: COVID-19 impact and response measures

(Source: Committee of Regions) 

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected our world and our way of living, with the loss of thousands of lives and unprecedented consequences for every aspect of our daily existence. The Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC) at the European Committee of the Regions produces regular bulletins on the policy fields within its remit, reflecting recent research, articles and discussions on the socio-economic impact of the pandemic in Europe and on the different actions and response measures being planned and implemented at EU, national, regional and local level.

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10 May: After the Porto Social Summit, regions and cities urge for the recognition of their role in building a Social Europe

(Source: Committee of Regions) 

First Vice-President Vasco Cordeiro and SEDEC Commission chair Anne Karjalainen represented the European Committee of the Regions at the EU Social Summit in Porto on 7-8 May. They welcomed the commitment of the EU Heads of State and Government to strengthen the pledge to work towards a Social Europe, to reinforce social cohesion and to reach the new EU headline targets on jobs, skills and poverty reduction. However, they regretted that the final Summit Declaration lacks reference to the role of regional and local governments.

First Vice-President Vasco Alves Cordeiro, Member of the Regional Parliament of Azores, said: “The …

07 May: The integration of the EU’s energy system is key to achieve a climate neutral Europe

Source: Committe of Regions

The priority is to set the energy-efficiency-first objective at the local and regional level as the basis to deliver an optimal transition towards a more integrated energy system

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has presented an opinion on the EU Strategy for Energy System Integration, published by the European Commission in July 2020 . Today, the EU’s energy system is technically and economically inefficient, and leads to substantial losses in the form of waste heat and low energy efficiency. Energy production and consumption account for 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. An …

07 May: EU chemicals strategy should simplify procedures and complement existing legislation to make it more effective

Source: Committe of Regions

Europe is the second biggest producer of chemicals in the world, accounting for 16.9% of global sales. Chemical manufacturing is the fourth largest industry in the EU with 30,000 companies (95% of which are SMEs) and employs 1.2 million people directly and 3.6 indirectly.

Cities and regions deem it necessary to establish a coherent and simplified legal framework for the chemicals sector to make the industry greener and more effective. The European Committee of the Regions’ (CoR) opinion on Safe and sustainable chemicals for a toxic-free environment in Europe’s cities and regions recognises the importance of the new …