The Committee of the Regions (CoR) has called on Europe's local and regional authorities to give their opinion on the impact of the EU's growth strategy – Europe 2020 – at a local level. The review of Europe 2020 was launched during a CoR conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, and invites all EU local and regional authorities to take part contributing to its assessment of the strategy with the results being formally published in March 2014.
As part of our CASCADE project, cities met in Terrassa for a peer learning visit on improving Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans.
Two peer-to-peer learning visits took place in June and July 2013 in Terrassa, Spain to help cities improve their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). The visits were organised as part of a series of mutual learning events in the framework of our CASCADE project on local energy leadership.
A new World Migration Report released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Friday looks for the first time at the global picture of the well-being of migrants and dispels some of the migration myths which currently exist.
Europe is ceaselessly searching for a way out of the crisis. Citizens and local and regional governments are bearing the brunt of present financial constraints. On the occasion of OPEN DAYS 2013 – currently "the biggest event in the world focusing on regional and urban development" – we met with Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, to discuss the challenges that are now facing Europe's regions and cities. Commissioner Hahn stressed: "We need an in-depth political debate with our regional partners to better target the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in the future". We have to find out how to better spend European funds, as "better spending is one of the top priorities for the next programming period; citizens will be able to then see what is done with their money".
The Committee of the Regions (CoR) invites you to take part in the final stage of the assessment of Europe 2020 strategy. That way you can contribute to its rethinking in the forthcoming new EU legislature: the European Council, the new European Parliament to be elected in May 2014, and the new European Commission which will start working in January 2015. CoR will present a Political Declaration on the Future of Europe 2020 as seen by EU cities and regions to them.
A United Nations top official today underlined that focusing on achieving sustainable development will be crucial for Member States if they want to succeed in reducing some of the world’s most pressing issues such as poverty, economic instability and social inequality.
“Achieving sustainable development is the overriding challenge of the 21st century,” said the President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, at the launch of a paper presented by his High-Level Advisory Panel, led by renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs.
In recent years, practices such as outsourcing and contracting-out have increasingly blurred the boundaries between dependent employment and self-employment. A new group of workers has emerged, which comprises workers who are formally ‘self-employed’, but present some characteristics of employees. These ‘economically dependent workers’ usually have a commercial contract (or ‘service contract’) rather than an employment contract; they are therefore registered as self-employed when in reality their working conditions have a lot in common with those of employees. The purpose of this short exploratory paper is to investigate the position of these economically dependent workers and to find out whether overall their working conditions are more similar to those of the self-employed or to those of employees. This exercise builds on data from the 2010 wave of the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS).
The EU launched today its Opening up Education initiative, the Commission's response to the opportunities of the digital era in the field of education. "Digital technology and content has improved, and countries around the world, from the US to...
SPECIAL REPORT  / The road transport lobby is casting admiring glances at Bogotá’s rapid bus transit system as it looks to vastly increase the number of people using public transport in the EU by 2025.
The Autumn edition of Panorama magazine is now online.
The centrepiece is a feature on how EU regions are leading the way in the realm of eco-innovation. The EU's Structural and Investment Funds are promoting smart, sustainable growth through green, energy-efficient projects profiled in this article. There is also a selection of articles highlighting some of the main workshops and seminars at this Year's OPEN DAYS event, from the OPEN DAYS University's Master Class to relations between the EU and China & Japan.
Elsewhere in this issue you can find an overview of Macro-regional strategies helping coordinate projects in the Danube and Baltic regions, an update on the EU Structural Funds' work in disaster relief, and an explanation of the ex post evaluation process for the 2007-2013 period. You will also find the usual selection of news items and featured projects from across the EU.
This issue of Panorama magazine will be available in 22 languages in the coming weeks.
Systematic monitoring of key employment and social challenges and stronger employment and social policy coordination are important for a well-functioning EMU, helping to ensure that adequate resources are allocated to tackling these problems in the...
In 2008 Poland and Sweden launched the European Union’s Eastern Partnership initiative. Its aim was to provide a venue for discussions on trade and other issues with the former Soviet Union states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine with the prospects of concluding Free Trade Agreements, liberalizing visa regimes and embracing other forms of closer cooperation. In 2011 Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan came up with a rival idea of establishing the Eurasian Union and in 2012 established a Customs Union comprising these three countries. Russia has recently been pushing the Eastern Partnership countries other than Belarus to join the Customs Union. In August it introduced temporary extra checks on imports from Ukraine (Reuters). More recently imports of Moldovan wines and spirits have been banned by Russia (Nielsen). Armenia has apparently already given in to this pressure (The Moscow Times). Ahead of the Vilnius Summit at the end of November the Eastern Partnership countries face the fundamental choice whether to proceed on the path of deeper trade integration with the EU or join the Customs Union led by Russia (the options are mutually exclusive).
Individual cities rather than central government should be in charge of helping local people into work.
A new Policy Exchange report, Cultures of Dependency, says that in the future employment support must better understand the pressures that families, social networks and communities put on unemployed people. Devolving power and money would allow individual Jobcentres to pilot new innovative ways of delivering local personalised support to help people find a job. Support could also be targeted at whole families, peer groups or estates in order to tackle serious barriers to work like a poor work ethic or family problems.
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