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Hans Janssen's opinion is to be adopted by CoR's CIVEX commission on 5 February 2016 and is scheduled for the CoR plenary session vote in April 2016 Why do you believe a new perspective on the protection of refugees in their areas of origin is needed? Let me point out first that, when talking about ‘area of origin’, the draft Opinion refers to countries neighbouring the country that peo ... [more]
​"Each year, start-ups create more than 4 million new jobs in Europe making them one of the most important sources of employment"Markku Markkula   Despite their great potential for local growth, Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions, warned that it is not policy-makers who will decide where businesses chose to set themselves up. "To be su ... [more]
"All European regions and cities need to optimise their waste management and to implement innovative actions for a circular economy in order to improve the quality of life of EU citizens and create new local jobs".   This was the core message of Domenico Gambacorta, European Committee of the Regions rapporteur on the legislative proposals amending waste directives who add ... [more]
​The EU Cohesion Policy plays a very important role in the process of integration of European regions and states. Thus, it shouldn't be subject to any cuts during the midterm review of the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework. Speaking at the European People's Party Political Assembly, President of the EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions, Michael Schneider called the centr ... [more]
​The new European Urban Agenda provides a chance for more integrated approach to EU policy and legislation affecting towns, cities and urban areas and reinforcement of commitments between the cities and European Institutions. It also provides a fundamental tool to achieve territorial cohesion objectives enshrined in the EU Treaty. Yesterday, Members of the European Parliament's REGI comm ... [more]
​Copyright remains one of the most effective engines for safeguarding the creation, production, dissemination and digitalisation of cultural content. Despite this potential, very few local and regional public authorities responded to the European Commission's consultation on EU Copyright, which ran between 2013 and 2014. So, is copyright an issue for Europe's regions and cities? Acc ... [more]
CoR President Markku Markkula and EPP/CoR Group 1st Vice President Eleni Locaidou met with Averof Neofytou, leader of the Democratic Rally in Nicosia, Cyprus today.​ EPP family politicians have discussed how creating innovation incubators between the both communities living in Cyprus could be a very concrete way to overcome the lack of mutual communication and help boosting gro ... [more]

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