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Looking for partners for the European Commission call on city-to-city partnerships?

PLATFORMA has received several requests for partnerships from cities around the world that want to t...
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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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Join us at the Forum ‘Cities & regions for development cooperation’

It’s time to strengthen the policy dialogue between EU institutions and local and regional governm...
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Where are towns and regions in future EU development aid?

While MEPs just started discussing the European Commission proposal on the future Neighbourhood, Dev...
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You may be the next European Champion of Sustainable Development!

The European Commission launched the first ever European Sustainability Award, to recognise the effo...
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“This is unfortunate that local governments are not considered as main actors of development cooperation”

PLATFORMA, the pan-European coalition of local and regional governments – and their associations ...
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Local governments: the forgotten stakeholders of the new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument

The European Commission released yesterday [2 May] its proposal for the next Multi-Annual Financial ...
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PLATFORMA position paper on the Future of the CSO-LA instrument

In a policy position adopted at the April PLATFORMA's Political Council, local and regional governme...
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NEW DEADLINE! Apply for the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award!

Applications are open until the 20th of April 2018! The European Commission launched the first EU Ci...
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