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Long-term investments: Barriers and opportunities for regions and cities

08 March 2017 European Parliament, Brussels - JAN6Q2

This event will try and address these questions and will include presentations on key issues, followed by a debate featuring EU institutions, city politicians and financial experts on the current Eurostat rules and their impact on regional and local public investments in several sectors such as transport, energy efficiency and waste management.

The Urban Intergroup and the Long-Term Investment and Reindustrialisation Intergroup are delighted to invite you to a workshop organised by the city networks POLIS, CEMR and EUROCITIES on Long-term investments: Barriers and opportunities for regional and local authorities

What are the challenges faced by the regional, local authorities as well as the private sectors regarding long-term investments? How can the EU help to overcome them?

This event will address these questions and will include presentations on key issues, followed by a debate featuring EU institutions, city politicians and financial experts on the current Eurostat rules and their impact on regional and local public investments in several sectors such as transport, energy efficiency and waste management.

Together we will try to better understand what is at stake and explore possible avenues to transform current barriers into future opportunities for region and cities. A catalogue featuring examples of barriers experienced by all sectors will also be presented and distributed at the event.

A Draft Agenda is accessible on the right-hand tab of this page. It will be regularly updated. We hope you will be available to join us and participate in this challenging debate!

 

Logistics: the event is organised in the European Parliament premises and the registration and attendance are free of charge but limited on a first come first serve basis. Access to the European Parliament requires having a temporary badge which will be organised upon registration, unless you already have an access badge to the Parliament. In that case, please fill in the first part of the registration form. Please note that due to the venue, we will send you a confirmation by email one week before the event.

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Polis is the leading European network of cities and regions on urban transport innovation. We work together with more than 65 cities and regions across the EU to develop sustainable urban mobility solutions for the city of today and tomorrow. Polis draws its expertise from a network of decision makers, technicians and managers working in transport authorities at local and regional level across the European Union. Building on results developed in European projects and in thematic working groups that touch upon key transport challenges, we link innovation and public policy orientations on urban and regional mobility at European level.

 

EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. We bring together the local governments of over 130 of Europe's largest cities and 40 partner cities that between them govern 130 million citizens across 35 countries. Our members are the elected local and municipal governments of major European cities.  Through six thematic forums, a wide range of working groups, projects, activities and events, we offer members a platform for sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas. We influence and work with the EU institutions to respond to common issues that affect the day-to-day lives of Europeans.  Our objective is to reinforce the important role that local governments should play in a multilevel governance structure.

 

The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) is the broadest organisation of local and regional authorities in Europe. Its members are over 57 national associations of municipalities and regions from 41 European countries. Together these associations represent some 130 000 local and regional authorities. For several years an in-depth work on local public finances has been conducted by CEMR members, and a position paper on “Reviving local public Investments” was adopted by CEMR policy committee in December 2015. A regular dialogue is also maintained with EU institutions and other engaged stakeholders, active on this topic.