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Local Intermediate Authorities acting for innovation and energy efficiency

Publish date: Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Like the previous editions, Open Days 2011, titled "Investing in Europe’s future: Regions and cities delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth", allowed local and regional authorities to exchange their experiences, practices and opinions.

Open Days 2011

The topics focused on the European policies and strategies that are part of their agendas, and namely the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy, that, in this moment, is at the core of the most relevant strategies of regional and local development and to express their earliest opinions and impressions about the EC cohesion regulations.

In this context, the Regional Partnership “Local intermediate authorities: Acting for Europe 2020”, promoted by CEPLI, organized the debate “Unlocking Innovation and Efficiency at Local Level”, that took place on the 12th October. The debate consisted of two panels involving the political representatives of Local Intermediate Authorities (LIAs) from six European Countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Romania and Spain.

Please see the photos from this event here.

The local events related to the Open Days are to take place in our territories in October, November and December 2011. To learn more about this see: here.

Below you can find the full text of the press release.

Local Intermediate Authorities acting for innovation and energy efficiency

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Local Intermediate Authorities participating in Open Days 2011

The Regional Partnership structured under the aegis of CEPLI “Local intermediate authorities: Acting for Europe 2020”, will organize on 12th of October 2011 an Open Days debate on “Unlocking Innovation and Efficiency at Local Level”.

On this occasion, panellists from Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain will discuss how LIAs (Local Intermediate Authorities) are facing the challenges set up by the Strategy Europe 2020.

The first part of the debate, entitled “Digital Europe and Innovation – the role of Local Intermediate Authorities in Europe 2020 strategy” will relate to innovation, digitalization and creativity in European provinces and cities.

The second part, entitled “Energy efficiency at local level for the benefit of Europe 2020 goals” will relate to actions towards energy efficiency and their influence in terms of future perspective of a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe.

The projects to be outlined during the debate will reveal how the problems were solved at local level in an innovative and efficient way, how the LIAs selected the adequate measures, what were the outcomes, positive results, challenges and lessons learned.

The speakers from these countries will present and discuss best practices for interaction between stakeholders at local level and the influence of innovation and energy efficiency on job creation and social policies.

Pictures from different parts of Europe will show how problems were treated, from the Balkans to Belgium and France and also to the South of Europe, using the EU regional policy funding. Speakers will challenge the debate by trying to find common features to comparable solutions

The debate will tackle questions regarding the management of their local communities in the present economic situation in Europe and scarce financial and energy resources and ever-deepening problems of an ageing population, youth unemployment and public pressure to reduce administrative burden.

The panellists engaging in this debate will be the following:
Mr. Valentín CORTÉS, President of Diputación de Badajoz (ES); Mrs. Guinka Tchavdarova, NAMRB – Executive director (BG); President of Diputación de Cáceres (ES) – name tbc after elections results; Mr. Hervé RASCLARD, First Vice-President of Drôme County Council (FR); Mr. Jean TOUZEAU, Deputy of Gironde County Council (FR); Mr. Georges PIRE, Provincial Deputy of the Province of Liège (BE); Mrs. Hanna Zdanowska, Mayor of the city of Łódź (PL); Mr. Giovanni AVANTI, President of the Province of Palermo (IT); Mr. Piero LACORAZZA, President of the Province of Potenza (IT); Mr. Mircea COSMA, President of Prahova County Council (RO); Mrs. Francesca ZACCARIOTTO, President of the Province of Venezia (IT); Mr. Alain TRUSSART, Provincial Deputy of the Province of Walloon Brabant (BE).

The venue of the event:
Residence Palace (International Press Centre)
Salle Polak
Rue de la Loi 155
1040 Bruxelles
www.presscenter.org

For more information please contact the lead partner of the Regional Partnership:
Liliana MANGEAC
Coordinator
Brussels European Office
National Union of County Councils of Romania
24, Rue Montoyer, B-1000, Brussels
Tel:  + 32 2 231 7141
Fax: + 32 2 231 7003
M:    + 32 479457949
E-mail: liliana.mangeac@uncjr.org
www.uncjr.org

Invitation to the Open Days 2011 debate “Unlocking Innovation and Efficiency at Local Level”

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Political Statutory Conference of the European Confederation of Local Intermediate Authorities (CEPLI)

Publish date: Sunday, 17 July 2011

Press Release - The 4th Political Conference of the European Confederation of Local Intermediate Authorities (CEPLI) took place in Rome, Italy, on June 17th 2011.

Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI
Ratification of the constitution of the CEPLI

Gathering the delegations of 11 national associations of local intermediate authorities and associated networks, this conference marked an important step towards the formal institutionalization of the Confederation.

The political representatives adopted the ASBL statute (document attached) allowing CEPLI to acquire a legal personality and enabling it to act in a more efficient way at European level.

The Political Conference reconfirmed its elected Bureau, namely:

  • the President – Mr. Giuseppe CASTIGLIONE, President of the Province of Catania and President of the Union of Italian Provinces (UPI);
  • the Vice-President – Mr. Paul-Emile MOTTARD, President of the Association of Walloon Provinces, Belgium, representative of the Province of Liege;
  • the Secretary-General – Mr. Claudy LEBRETON, President of the Assembly of French Departments (ADF), President of the Department of Côtes d’Armor; and
  • the Treasurer – Mr. Helmut JAHN, member of the presidency of DLT (Deutscher Landkreistag, Germany), President of Hohenlohekreis.

The statutory part of the Political Conference was followed by a political debate with the following title: “The local intermediate authorities facing the new challenges of the European Union after 2013: the new cohesion policy, the financial perspectives and the institutional reforms in Europe”. This debate allowed the political representatives of CEPLI to exchange views on the role that local intermediate authorities may have and need to have in Europe. In fact, the presence and actions of the closest levels of government to the citizens at European level are even more fundamental in this particular moment, before the publication of the EU budgetary perspectives and the adoption of the new European legislation on cohesion policy.

«Go local» was the motto used not only by the CEPLI members in their interventions, but also by others speakers, including the Director Raoul Prado, representing the EU DG Regio at the Conference.

In fact, to overcome the failure of the Lisbon strategy and reach the ambitious results of the new strategy Europe 2020, there’s the need to restart from the territories, involving the local authorities in the designing and implementation processes of EU policies, in line with the principle of multi-level governance.

The European Provinces want to play a key role in the governance process of the new 2014-2020 planning of the cohesion policy. In this context, CEPLI can be fundamental in building a unitary project at European level, able to ensure a stronger role to the local communities.

The CEPLI members have welcomed the suggestion of Mr. Prado who, in view of a strengthening of the partnership of the Commission with the Provinces of Europe, officially invited CEPLI to join the next round table of the Commission on the future of the cohesion policy that will take place at the end of 2011.

The political debate focused also on the future of the Local Intermediate Authorities in relation with the institutional reforms currently under review in some European member countries, reforms that are questioning the role of Provinces in the institutional architecture of the Member States.

In this context, the participants discussed the proposal presented by CEPLI to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, namely a resolution proposal on the role of Provinces in Europe to be approved next year (document attached). This debate will continue during the next months with Mr. Marino Fiasella, President of the Province of La Spezia and Member of the Congress.

Statuts de la CEPLI

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Proposition de résolution

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CEPLI President Giuseppe Castiglione nominated member of ARLEM

GIUSEPPE CASTIGLIONE, President of CEPLI and Union of Italian Provinces, member of the Committee of Regions, has joined the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM).

Giuseppe Castiglione

This appointment marks an important recognition for CEPLI. The participation in the Assembly will make it possible to bring the voice of intermediate local authorities of Confederation into a new forum for discussion, which not only will offer the opportunity to dialogue with all the representatives of the countries of the Mediterranean basin, but also will allow to join the path of construction of the new EU initiative Union for the Mediterranean.

ARLEM is in fact a joint assembly made up of representatives of regions and local authorities of the Member States of the European Union and of 16 Mediterranean partner countries, created in response to the request to put the role of regional and local authorities in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership on an institutional footing. It therefore gives the partnership a territorial dimension and aims to involve local and regional authorities more closely in the specific projects of the Union for the Mediterranean.

President CASTIGLIONE will attend ARLEM assembly which will be held on 29 January. For the first time since its creation, ARLEM members will meet in plenary session in a country of the southern shore of the Mediterranean, Agadir (Morocco). The meeting will focus primarily on the adoption of three reports prepared in 2010 - the first on local water management, the second on urban development, and the third on the territorial dimension in the Union for the Mediterranean, which will be submitted to UfM and its General Secretariat. To prepare for 2011 deadlines, the ARLEM Bureau adopted a policy declaration last October highlighting its priorities to take forward the process of the Union for the Mediterranean. As a result of the work initiated in the spring and the previous meetings of its Bureau, ARLEM has obtained the status of permanent observer in the UfM.

Press release

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Third Political Conference of CEPLI | 9 - 10 November, Berlin | Press Release

The 3rd Political Conference of CEPLI took place in Berlin, from 9th to 10th of November 2010, under the theme “One year Treaty of Lisbon: opportunities and challenges for Local Intermediate Authorities and their citizens”.

Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010
Third Political Conference - Berlin (Germany), 9 - 10 November 2010

Two years after its creation in Avignon, under the French Presidency of the EU, CEPLI reached a new further step by renewing its political bodies.

Giuseppe Castiglione, president of the Union of Italian Provinces, president of the Province of Catania (Italy) and member of the Committee of Regions' Bureau is elected President of the European Confederation of Local Intermediate Authorities (CEPLI).

The new Bureau is composed by:

  • Premier Vice-President: Paul-Emile Mottard, President of the Association of Walloon Provinces and Provincial Deputy of Liège (Belgium);
  • Secretary General: Claudy Lebreton, President of the Assembly of French Counties, President of the General Council of Cotes d'Armor (France);
  • Treasurer: Helmut Jahn, Member of the Board of the German County Association, President of Landkreistag Baden Wurtemberg and Member of the CoR.

The President Castiglione presented the main priorities of his political mandate:

  • to work for a large recognition of CEPLI;
  • to strengthen the dialogue with European institutions, relying on his ties with the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament;
  • to deepen the cooperation with the European Commission and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

"Europe 2020 Strategy, the future of the Cohesion Policy and sustainable energy policy are the first challenges that local intermediaries authorities will take up....”. These introductory remarks have allowed to the new President of CEPLI to open the debate.

The discussions to wich the Committee of Regions, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the European Commission were participating focused their attention on the publication, the same day, by the Commissioner Hahn, of the 5th Report on economic, social and territorial cohesion.

The presidents of national associations representing local and intermediate authorities, members of CEPLI noted, among other things, the very urban dimension of this Report.

They expressed their willingness to engage in the dialogue with the European Commission to contribute to the construction of a Cohesion Policy ensuring a fair and balanced development of European territories to the benefit of all citizens.

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