October 06, 2011

Local authorities back citizenship and exchange programmes

At its Congress on Citizenship and Training in early October, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) - the largest organisation of local and regional government associations in Europe - has called on the Commission to strengthen the post-2013 Europe for Citizens programme, based on a budget of EUR495 million to symbolically provide one euro for each European citizen. This proposed increase from the current EUR215 million could bring continued support for twinning links and extend partnership possibilities to neighbouring countries to the East and South of Europe.

The CEMR is also continuing to voice support for a transnational European-level scheme by which to share knowledge and help capacity-building for elected representatives and officials in order to improve local and regional services, democratic development and better citizen participation. Such an initiative gained support from the European Parliament in 2009 when envisaged along the lines of the Erasmus student exchange programme. The CEMR remains hopeful of realising this aim in 2012 through the creation of a ''European Academy for Local and Regional Governance''. It additionally hopes to establish an observatory to implement the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life.

Further details: http://www.ccre.org/champs_activites_detail_news_en.htm?ID=2156&idca=3115

Posted by iroronan at October 6, 2011 11:48 AM

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