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André Viola, President of Cepli

I am very happy to be able to introduce you to the first edition of the Cepli Newsletter that we are publishing today.

We would like to share with you the richness and diversity of the activities carried out by Local Intermediate Authorities throughout Europe.

It is a level of local authority which remains discreet at the European level where when we think of the territory, we generally consider cities and regions.

We would like to inform you of our commitment to Europe, a concrete commitment.

With my colleagues from the Spanish, Italian or Belgian Provinces, from the Romanian Judets, from the French Departments, from the German Kreise, and so many others, we work daily to bring Europe closer to its citizens.

To accomplish this mission, we are fortunate to be able to count on the support of the European Committee of the Regions, Cepli's partner since its creation and the only body of the European Union which carries the voice of the territories in Europe. You will find in this first edition information on the projects and events, linked to Europe, which are implemented by the Intermediate Local Authorities, but also the actions undertaken in partnership with the European Committee of the Regions which has many members representatives of the Local Intermediate Authorities, even if all the Local Intermediate Authorities in Europe do not yet have access to this body.

I hope that this first newsletter will pave the way for many others and will allow you to get to know us better and to share with us the deep conviction that our Union will always be stronger by relying on the diversity of its territories.

The European Confederation of Local Intermediate Authorities (CEPLI) was formed in 2008 as a confederation grouping the national associations of local intermediate authorities of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Romania, as well as Arco Latino and Partenalia, both networks of local intermediate authorities. [More about us...]





Local Intermediate Authorities at 2022 European Week of Regions and Cities!

For the 2022 edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities, CEPLI was hosted at the European Committee of the Regions to present a workshop devoted to the way in which “Local Intermediate Authorities strengthen resilience and energy efficiency“.


Opinion on the revision of the European Directive on the energy performance of buildings

André Viola, President of CEPLI, Departmental Councillor, delegate for Europe and International for the Departement of Aude and member of the French Delegation to the European Committee of the Regions (CdR) has been appointed rapporteur for the opinion on the revision of the European Directive on the energy performance of buildings.


Regulation on the European Health Data Space

Daniela Cîmpean, President of Sibiu Provincial Council and Member of the National Delegation of Romania to the European Committee of Regions (CoR) has been appointed in June 2022 rapporteur on the "European Health Data Space" (EHDS).


EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles

Luca Menesini, president of the Province of Lucca, mayor of Capannori and member of the European Committee of Regions (CoR) where he represents Italian Provinces on behalf of UPI, has been appointed in May 2022 rapporteur on the opinion for the "EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles".


The Future of the Eastern Partnership from a local and regional perspective

Alin-Adrian Nica, President of Timiş Provincial Council, and President of the National Delegation of Romania to the European Committee of Regions was appointed at the CIVEX Commission meeting on 28 September 2022 rapporteur for the opinion „the Future of the Eastern Partnership from a local and regional perspective”.


13th plenary session of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) - 7th to 8th November 2022, Izmir (Turkey)

André Viola, the President of the CEPLI and Member of the ARLEM has been appointed rapporteur on civil protection. His know-how and previous actions on this topic were also consolidated over the years by the strong involvement of our confederation and its members in the territorial resilience subject.



The Association of Polish Counties is one of the signatories of the International Alliance for Peace and Community in Europe

The tragic war in Ukraine is a moment of extremely important reflection on the importance of international cooperation. Therefore - in order to strengthen international unity - local governments signed the International Alliance for Peace and Community in Europe. One of the signatories of the document is the Association of Polish Counties.


UKRAINE – The solidarity of our provinces

Aude (FR), Maramureş (RO) and Tulcea (RO) Provincial Councils succeeded in mobilising and cooperating to help refugees and people left on the Ukrainian territory in very difficult war conditions. This mobilisation was possible thanks to the sharing of information within CEPLI and the political support of its president.


Staying with and acting for refugees – Maramureş Provincial Council, Romania

In these difficult times, the Provincial Council of Maramures has taken measures in dealing with the massive number of refugees fleeing because of the war in Ukraine. Since last February, all the energies and efforts of the local community have been catalysed to organise activities and help refugees crossing over the Romanian borders in the town of Sighetu Marmației.



Future Region Hannover-Hildesheim receives 5 Mio. € funding approval from Lower Saxony

On September 23, 2022, Birgit Honé, Minister for Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development of the State of Lower Saxony, handed over the grant agreement for the Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) program in the Administration Centre of Region Hannover.


Technology and innovation for infrastructure routes management: Italian Provinces team up with technological clusters

To better meet the objectives on strategic infrastructure set by the National Resilience and Recovery Plan, the Union of Italian Provinces (UPI) has started a partnership with ‘Rete 1000 Infrastrutture’ an infrastructure network bringing together more 80 private and public stakeholders – technological districts and clusters, universities and research institutes, companies.



Partenalia holds its political council at its headquarters in Brussels

After a three-year hiatus, Partenalia members finally had the opportunity to meet in person on October, 13th in the European Capital for the first time in their new headquarters of 35 Square de Meeûs for the network’s annual Political Council.