Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

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29 Jan 1951, Geneva (Switzerland), as Council of European Municipalities (CEM) -- Conseil des communes d'Europe (CCE) -- Consejo de Municipios de Europa -- Rat der Gemeinden Europas (RGE) -- Consiglio dei Comuni d'Europa -- Raad der Europese Gemeenten. Previously referred to as Association of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe -- Conseil européen des pouvoirs municipaux et régionaux (REG). Present name adopted 1984. As from 1 Jan 1991, following agreement signed 3 Oct 1990, Lisbon (Portugal), European regional section of World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). Most recent statutes adopted 11 Oct 2001. Registered in accordance with French law. EU Transparency Register: 81142561702-61.


Secure, strengthen and protect autonomy of local and regional authorities; facilitate operations of local and regional authorities, safeguard their liberties and contribute to their prosperity, in particular through development of inter-authority arrangements and undertakings; develop the European spirit amongst local and regional authorities with a view to promoting a federation of the European States founded on the autonomy of these communities; provide for the participation and representation of local and regional authorities in European and international institutions; achieve establishment amongst existing and future European institutions of an assembly representing local and regional authorities.

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2020 Innsbruck, Austria – Congress

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Activities focus on: shaping the future of Europe; promoting local and regional democracy; influencing laws and policies of the European Union; exchanging experiences; acting in the world. 'Community Aid to Twinning Programme', through Twinning Department and Twinning Officers, assists European towns in searching for a twin authority and in applying for twinning grants. Involved in support of local and regional governments in new member states of the European Union. Facilitates, at the European level, exchange of experiences, sharing of ideas, best practices and know-how among members. Organizes: training seminars for twinning officers and organizers; Congress of European Twinned Towns (every 3-4 years); information seminars; study sessions; exchange of views concerning local and regional collectivities. Committees and working groups study European Union legislation proposals and prepare common positions. Committees (5): Environment; Transport; Employment and Social Policy; Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (COPPEM); CEMR Committee of Women Elected Representatives of Local and Regional Authorities (CWERLRA) and its European Network of Women Elected Representatives of Local and Regional Authorities (ENWERLRA), which includes all CEMR member countries. Working Groups (3): Cohesion Policy; Twinning; LOGON - Enlargement. Ad Hoc Working Groups. 'ELANET - Information Society' brings together representatives of associations and daughter companies dealing with information society issues. 'Employers' Platform' represents local and regional authority associations in their role as employers vis-à-vis the European institutions and organizes the exchanges of experience on issues related to labour market policy and working conditions. Instrumental in setting up: 'Standing Conference of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe' - the precursor to CLRAE; the previous Consultative Council of Local and Regional Authorities, also referred to as 'Comité consultatif des autorités locales et régionales auprès de la Commission européenne'. National sections set their own policies, organize dialogue with central government as appropriate and ensure that central governments adopt and respect European Charter of Local Self-government.


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Relations with 7 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 1 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 73 countries
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Subjects *

  • Government
    • Authorities
    • Municipalities
  • Metapolitics
    • Political Theories

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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