The Council of European Municipalities and Regions meeting in Vilnius
Representatives of 27 European countries: Heads of Associations uniting local authorities, Heads of the Council as well as the Head of the European Institute for Gender Equality hold their meeting at the Municipality of the City of Vilnius. The meeting of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions is organised for the first time in Lithuania.
The main topics to be discussed during the meeting are as follows: Innovating in 3D: Decentralisation – Democracy – Development; lobbying activities: exchange of successful strategies on national and international level; territorial reforms in the period of crisis; gender equality advancement; the impact of the crisis on local and regional authorities and decentralisation; the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men as well as local issues.
The meeting is organised by the Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania.
CEMR was established in Geneva in 1951. The initiative of its establishment belonged to European city mayors. Subsequently the activities of CEMR expanded involving European regions, and thus the organisation became the Council of European Municipalities and Regions.
In the meantime CEMR is the biggest organisation in Europe representing the interests of local authorities and regions. CEMR unites more than 30 Associations of local and regional authorities representing over 100 000 regional and local government institutions in Europe.