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Everything was closed during lockdown? Not really. Check what was said during our webinars!

How things have changed over the last three months! Citizens, local and regional governments – and...
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Future of the Eastern Partnership: keep the success story alive

Two days before the Eastern Partnership leaders' video conference between the EU and Eastern Partner...
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Upcoming recovery package and MFF should support municipalities and regions

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear: local and regional governments are playing ...
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Interview: Urpilainen on COVID-19 – “we are very much working together with the local communities, and local and regional organisations»

This interview with International Partnerships Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen by Beatriz Rios was ...
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PFD Consulta 2020: ¡Comparta su experiencia de cooperación al desarrollo con la UE!

Nuevo plazo: 18 de mayo. Han pasado siete años desde que el Foro Político sobre el Desarrollo (FPD...
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Municipalities and regions lack visibility in the Eastern Partnership post 2020 Communication

The EU "does not sufficiently and clearly refer to the role of local and regional governments and th...
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Nuestras 11 recomendaciones para una respuesta coordinada y global al COVID-19

La pandemia del COVID-19 es un verdadero problema global que no entiende de fronteras, y por eso la ...
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Looking for partners for the European Commission call on city-to-city partnerships?

[updated on 3 & 8 April: Ukraine & Morocco added] PLATFORMA has received several requests fo...
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Women’s empowerment in EU external relations cannot happen without towns and regions

The European Commission (DG DEVCO) is currently preparing the EU action plan for gender equality and...
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No Comprehensive Strategy with Africa without local and regional governments

“Decentralised cooperation between Africa and Europe – city-to-city and region-to-region exchang...
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Why EU must guarantee funding for local, regional governments in post-2020 development policy

Member states must strongly support the proposal of the European Parliament to add a budget line for...
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Von der Leyen’s confirmation speech: 7 opportunities and threats for local government

After much delay and uncertainty, the European Union finally has a new team at the helm, led by Comm...
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Kathmandu welcomed the Policy Forum on Development

Marlène Siméon, Director of PLATFORMA, and Claire Frost, CLGF Programme Manager, joined over eigh...
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Commissioner hearing: will international partnerships modernise development cooperation?

Jutta Urpilainen, Finnish Commissioner-designate for the newly named portfolio “International Part...
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Finland Commissioner-designate Jutta Urpilainen to become International Partnerships Commissioner

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has finally unveiled today who will do what...
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Facts and figures: a close look into the next line-up of Commissioners

We do not yet know whether or not the future College of Commissioners will support local-friendly po...
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How local-friendly is new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen?

The time for backroom whispers and speculation is over. The European Commission has a new President...
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PLATFORMA will be at UN-Habitat 1st Assembly meeting in Nairobi

Three local elected representatives will attend the first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly in Na...
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Towns and regions need access to EU funding for development cooperation!

PLATFORMA is concerned that local and regional governments will face significant challenges to acces...
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The Commission announced the winners of the 1st European Sustainability Award

On Monday (8 April 2019), the European Commission announced the 7 winners of the 1st European Sustai...
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