EU cities ‘must better exploit new tech to become smarter’

The EU must become smarter by strengthening co-operation and better exploiting new technologies if it is to meet its climate change commitments and drive green growth. That was the shared message at a conference in Brussels by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). CoR President Markku Markkula believes rolling out […]

EU urged to develop green laws for public authorities

The European Commission and Member States are being urged to make green public procurement mandatory for public authorities in the region. The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is calling for binding economic regulations on sustainable sourcing and urging them to incentivise secondary raw materials, by allowing preferential tax rates to be applied to them […]

Local governments key for EU Energy Union

Local and regional authorities are crucial in helping create a “resilient and competitive” European Energy Union. The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is calling for local governments to be represented in national regulatory authorities and in the Agency for the Co-operation of Energy Regulators. It believes “sound financial tools and a favourable regulatory environment” are needed for energy efficiency […]

EU ‘needs Chinese investors for sustainable funding’

Europe must strengthen its relationship with China to boost sustainable development. That’s according to the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Markku Markkula, who advised this needs to be done “to address the lack of public funding for sustainable urban development in Europe”. Speaking at the China-EU Urbanisation Partnership Forum 2015, he […]