CEMR Congress 2016
A Local and Regional Vision of Europe 2030

30 sessions

Roundtables, lectures, world-cafés, debates. Contribute to one or more of the 30 sessions of the Congress!

1000 participants

Mayors, Councillors, EU officials, business and civil society leaders, academics. Come and join us!

7 themes

Governance & leadership, economy & finance, environment, climate & energy. Check the 7 broad themes of the Congress.

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Programme

The Congress takes place from 20 to 22 April 2016.
Meals will be provided.
Day 1
20 Apr 2016
Day 2
21 Apr 2016
Day 3
22 Apr 2016

The impact of SMART technologies on the municipal budget

Alongside the Congress meeting, the Uraía Platform will be organising a workshop on the impact of SMART technologies on the municipal budget. Tax recovery and energy savings for better public...
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15:30 - 16:00

Welcome Coffee (Foyer)

Opening Plenary

Europe at the brink of collapse? Threats and challenges for local governments in an era of crises Refugee crisis, public deficits, unemployment, inequalities, climate change, conflict in its neighbourhood, Brexit,...
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18:00 - 20:30

Cypriot Evening (Reception)

Local finances under pressure

At a time when the international socio-economic context is unstable, the action of local and regional authorities alongside with national governments in Europe, is more than necessary to face the...
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Governing with the citizen: using SMART technologies to fight municipal corruption

A new Europe of challenges The UN approved in September 2015 the new Global Agenda 2030, which should guide our model towards sustainable development and the end of poverty in...
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Integrating refugees in our local communities

Europe is undergoing the biggest migration crisis since the Second World War, as thousands of people seek refuge in what has been established as a heaven of peace, security, democracy,...
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Bringing Europe closer to you!

The work of the European institutions bring tangible benefits to the lives of ordinary people, such as cleaner beaches in our coastal areas, less air pollution in our towns and...
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Tools towards green, inclusive and prosperous cities

Several commitments and declarations have been taken across Europe to promote cities that are for all, greener and more prosperous: from the Aalborg Charter to city commitments directly, from the...
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11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break (Foyer)

Which opportunities and responsibilities for cities and regions after COP21?

The world has been preparing for COP21 for months and years. While answers are being defined to one of the most pressing global challenges – climate change – one pending...
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No decentralised cooperation without citizens’ empowerment! How to take on board civil society?

The European Union is being prey to rising scepticism from European citizens. It is now more crucial than ever to involve European citizens in European policies. This is particularly true...
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The Covenant on Demographic change: adapting our cities and communities to the ageing society

With Europe’s population ageing fast, the creation of environments adapted to every generations of society represents one of the best ways to face demographic change. Indeed such environments ensure that...
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Local public services in 2030: challenges and opportunities

Increasing pressure on financial resources, changing demography, redistribution of powers, digitalisation, citizens’ demands and expectations, international trade agreements, etc. – local public services and their management are facing constantly challenges...
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The role and impact of private investors in local development

Traditional sources of financing for local governments include own source revenues (local taxes, charges and fees), grants and loans. Nowadays, however, local development is also funded by huge private investors....
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12:30 - 14:30

Lunch (Foyer)

What place for local governments in Europe’s future architecture?

The European Union’s road to closer integration has never seemed more fragile than at the present time. The EU is still dealing with the repercussions of a severe financial shock...
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Fighting poverty and social exclusion: what role for cities and regions?

Despite the European target of ‘lifting at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty and social exclusion by 2020 compared with 2008, almost every fourth person in...
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Circular economy in Europe: the way forward

While the European Commission adopted in December 2015 new package, circular economy appears as a key sector to boost competitiveness and sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs through “closing...
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15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break (Foyer)

Facing conflicts’ consequences in the Southern Neighbourhood: the role of towns and regions

The Mediterranean area is shaken by the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, with all countries having to deal with the consequences of conflict and rising instability. In the south, the...
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Innovative forms of financing local development

      European local governments are today facing a contradictory situation: on the one hand, the needs for local infrastructure investments, climate mitigation/adaptation actions and sustainable urban development projects increase,...
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How can I become a green city?

Cities are the major consumer of resources and sources of pollution, putting pressure on the local as well as on the global ecosystems. They face also rising environmental threats and...
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Lobbying national & EU institutions: raising your game

The amount of time invested in advocacy and lobbying work by local and regional governments continues to grow, given the importance of sub national authorities being persuasive, both within the...
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Promoting diversity and fighting radicalisation at local level

Racist behavior, expressions of homophobia and radicalisation have been making it to the headlines in Europe for several months. It is more than ever a pressing issue for local authorities,...
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20:00

Gala Dinner

The European Charter for Equality of women and men in local life after 10 years: Results and Ways Forward

In order to promote gender equality at the local and regional level, CEMR launched in 2006 the European Charter for equality of women and men in local life. The Charter...
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Networking for better cities: opportunities and benefits

Through testimonies from cities, this workshop will present the main features and benefits of transnational networking in URBACT III, the European territorial cooperation programme promoting integrated sustainable urban development in...
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2030 Emission impossible? The new Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

Local and regional authorities play a major role in the battle against climate change, given their responsibilities in urban planning, energy, transport or public procurement. They also have a strong...
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Sustainable food in urban communities

Presenting different city stories on local food policies and action plans across Europe, this workshop will explore how cities can better plan or deliver their local action on food starting...
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11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break (Foyer)

European territorial development: vision and scenarios towards 2050

While the focus of the Congress is 2030, several local governments, researchers and private actors have offered visions of how our territories should look like in 2050, taking into account...
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Culture in sustainable cities: learning with Culture 21 Actions in Europe

In recent years, European cities have increasingly gained knowledge on the importance of cultural policies for local sustainable development. Whereas a wealth of knowledge and good practice examples exists, much...
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Building a toolkit for the localisation of the SDGs

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all the UN in September 2015. It includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the objective of ending...
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Innovation at local level: inspiring solutions to transform our cities

Information and communications technology enable cities to deal in a ‘smart’ manner with the current and future challenges: better governance and public participation, smarter mobility and resources management, better services...
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Young European Leaders for Active Citizenship

The economic crisis that led to unsustainable rates of youth unemployment and inequality resulted in a growing dissatisfaction of young people towards representative politics at all levels of governance. Young...
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12:30-14:30

Lunch (Foyer)

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