The IREO is active in networking at European level through some of the various associations of interest that exist in Brussels – entirely subject to requests for involvement from their Irish local and regional sector members.
These organisations bring together communities of like-minded regions, cities etc. as exchange, learning and dissemination platforms on given themes and as a useful inside-track to work on exercising collective influence on EU policy and to collaborate together, including as a solid basis for project development.
The information below provides details of European Territorial Networks (multi-faceted umbrella bodies).
Council of European Municipalities & Regions (CEMR)
Five thematic areas, which affect the daily lives of citizens and the local and regional authorities that represent them:
Governance, Democracy, citizenship
Governance and citizenship
Young local and regional elected representatives
Equality of women and men in local life
Local and regional public services management
Local and regional governments as employers
Local and regional governments as service providers
Lobby/think-tank campaigning for a more balanced development of the European territory. It focuses mainly on social, economic and territorial cohesion; maritime policies and blue growth; and accessibility. European governance, energy and climate change, and EU external relations also represent important areas of activity for the association.
Its structure includes six Geographical Commissions, corresponding to Europe’s maritime basins, including for the Atlantic Arc.
Irish involvement: Northern & Western Regional Assembly and Donegal County Council.
The network of major* European cities, seeking to reinforce the important role that meeting the challenges of local governments should play in shaping EU policy and legislation. It operates according to eight thematic fora each of which focus on a number of challenges:
*Associate partner is open to smaller cities below 250,000 population.
The Europe-wide network for medium-sized cities and towns (populations between 50,000 and 250,000) to ensure that their socio-economic significance is properly reflected in the development of European legislation. Its policy agenda focuses on:
Promoting lifelong learning and the development of education and skills
Growing the knowledge economy and creating better local jobs
Providing effective, efficient and sustainable transport systems