Europe Day is celebrated annually on 9 May. The date marks the anniversary of French foreign minister Robert Schuman’s declaration in 1950, which laid the foundation for European cooperation. The ‘Schuman Declaration’ was made against the backdrop of the devastating World War II and cooperation was
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The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (AFLRA) is a national lobbying organisation with expertise in almost all areas of life. We protect the interests of Finnish cities and municipalities, and an important part of that work is EU lobbying. Whenever I have a chance, I wish to
In early November, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (AFLRA) organised a remote meeting for the Finnish delegations of the European Committee of the Regions, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, and CEMR, the umbrella body of local
The EU Commission aims at making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. In December 2019 the communication and time-line for the European Green Deal was issued, outlining actions in a wide range of fields. Did you know that local governments - cities and municipalities that is -
The extension of women’s suffrage and eligibility for election cannot be analysed separately from the fight for universal and equal suffrage in the Finnish national elections, for a unicameral Parliament and for Finland’s independence. The Finnish Parliament adopted the municipal laws granting women
The European Commission held its promise and published a proposal for the EU budget 2021–2027 in early May. Commission President Juncker has said that the negotiations were exceptionally difficult, as Brexit will leave the EU with a financial hole, and there are continuous demands for the EU to take
Non-discriminatory local government excludes no one We in Finland live in two different realities. One the one hand, this is one of the world's best countries for gender equality and non-discrimination. Yet at the same time, many of us are subjected to continuous hate speech, gender violence or