Cooperation Day

On 21 September, European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) will be celebrated all over Europe through many local and public events during the week of 17-23 September.  ETC has always promoted bridge-building and long-term relationships between local authorities and citizens across borders. In this sense, CECICN network has highlighted the importance of European Territorial Cooperation, both in its Strategic Document and in the 1st Congress of European Bordersheld last June in A Coruña.
From this perspective, the endeavours of cities and the multiplier effect of urban networks serve to pull in European policies to the heart of the European territories. Building on bottom-up initiatives, city networks have become key actors of the ETC promoting mutual learning and pooling resources to implement common projects, among other initiatives. Therefore, in the current context of negotiation on the future EU cohesion policy, the European Cooperation day is a good opportunity to reaffirm the benefits of the territorial cooperation and the fundamental role of city networks.

Further reading:
More info on the European cooperation Day.
Toneta project: City networks and Cohesion Policy
CECICN: Strategic document on Smart Cooperation


Do The Right #Mix: new European campaign on sustainable urban mobility launched!

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On 3 July the European Commission launched its new European wide mobility campaign which aims at fostering positive change in behaviours and attitudes of citizens.The three year campaign, managed by EUROCITIES, together with Mostra and Polis, will support sustainable urban mobility campaigners in promoting the combined use of different sustainable modes of transport in 31 countries.
In this framework, the European Commission has created an award fund of €500,000 that will support activities which demonstrate “significant networking and multiplication effects at the local, regional and/or national, or even EU level”.The Do The Right Mix campaign will also include an award scheme on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) to recognise towns or cities with advanced approaches to integrated transport planning.

This campaign is a great opportunity for cities wishing to promote cleaner urban mobility, as it supports, both financially and in terms of visibility, the implementation of local projects and the set up of raising-awareness local events. Cities are encouraged to showcase their achievements to a wider European audience by publishing them online.

source : Eurocities

Doctoral thesis competition on Local and Regional authorities in the EU

next deadline: 2012-05-16

The Committee of the Regions holds a thesis competition under the theme “Local and regional authorities in the European Union” in order to promote dialogue with academics across Europe.
The competition aims to reward doctoral theses defended at a university in an EU Member State.A non-exhaustive list of the topics covered may include: economic, social and territorial cohesion, trans-European infrastructure and transport networks, health, education, culture, research, innovation, employment, entrepreneurship, economic growth, transport, public services, the environment, sustainable development, vocational training, compliance with the principles of subsidiarity and good governance, decentralisation, territorial cooperation, and communication on European issues.Criteria:
the competition is opened to the holders of a doctorate obtained at a university in an EU country.
the theses must be written in one of the EU’s official languages.

Participants must supply in duplicate:
the full text on paper and in PDF format (CD-ROM)
an abstract setting out the main arguments of the thesis (maximum 3 pages), written in English or French,
a curriculum vitae in English or French
a certificate confirming that the doctorate has been awarded.

An independent selection board has been set up comprising of university professors and/or lecturers and at least one CoR member or alternate.
The winner of the first prize will receive EUR 6000. The selection board may also award up to four merit prizes of EUR 2000.
The prizes shall be awarded by the President of the Committee of the Regions. The official presentation ceremony will take place during a CoR plenary session, to which the prize winners will be invited.

Deadline: 16 May 2012

Town networking through the Atlantic

TONETA is aproject funded under the EU for Ciizens programme. The European Union is made of its citizens and for its citizens! With this in mind, the Europe for Citizens Programme is funding projects and activities aimed at getting the EU’s 500 million inhabitants to play a greater part in the development of the EU.
By funding schemes and activities in which citizens can participate, the Programme is promoting Europe’s shared history and values, and fostering a sense of ownership for how the EU develops.
Projects funded under the Programme are run by local authorities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), think tanks, trade unions, universities or others. Projects bring people together to talk about the EU integration, policies and values, enhance mutual understanding between them, boost their awareness of the societal impact of EU policies and encourage them to participate in shaping the future of the EU.

Recently European Comission has issued a post on TONETA project that you can read HERE.