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FEDRE at the international Rhodes Forum « Dialogue of Civilizations »

Claude Haegi, Chairman of the European Foundation FEDRE, former President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, former member of the Geneva cantonal Government, has been invited to take the floor at the last Rhodes Forum, attended by more than 500 people from 65 countries of all continents, especially from the so-called BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and other emerging countries.

Reacting to the opening speech by Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the Forum, about the Dialogue of Civilizations, Claude Haegi made a few comments inspired namely by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Denis de Rougemont. You can find them summarized below.
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During the plenary session on sustainable development, the Chairman of FEDRE made a speech under the title « Energy: let us have the Courage of Innovation! ». His message deals with realism, world interregional solidarity and focuses on the trust that we must have in the human capacity for innovation to secure the needs of the world population.
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Commission launches innovation partnership for Smart Cities and Communities

One of the greatest challenges facing the EU is how best to design and adapt cities into smart intelligent and sustainable environments. Almost three quarters of Europeans live in cities, consuming 70% of the EU's energy. Congestion costs Europe about 1% of its GDP every year; most of it is located in urban areas. Smart urban technologies can make a major contribution to tackling many urban challenges.

Discussions in Vienna on Energy Efficiency in the Balkans

From 6 to 8 February 2012, the FEDRE took part in Vienna in important discussions, initiated by the World Bank Institute, on energy efficiency and energy savings in the Balkans.

The reason for the invitation was FEDRE membership in the « Energy Efficiency » Task Force of the NALAS network which gathers the local authorities of the whole South-East Europe.

Covenant of Mayors: 3000 Signatories

On 29 November 2011, FEDRE attended in the European Parliament in Brussels the annual Ceremony of Signatures of the Covenant of Mayors. This Covenant is a telling example of environmental commitment at local level in the wider Europe.

Just Released : The Federalist Future of Europe

Europe, its successes and failures, is now becoming a burning subject for the world. FEDRE’s General Secretary is precisely publishing a book (in french) in Brussels on 20 years of European Union since its birth with the Maastricht Treaty in a period corresponding to the collapse of the Soviet bloc.

He is using the perspective of Federalism which is growingly debated to find some solutions to a number of shortcomings in the EU Governance.

FEDRE encouraged by the Council of Europe

From 18 to 20 October 2011 took place in Strasburg the 21sth Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. Among various subjects, were unanimously adopted a report and a Resolution 335 presented by Svetlana Orlova (Russia) on Energy supply and energy efficiency at local and regional level : promoting energy transition.

The resolution is mentioning two times the positive role played by FEDRE.

End of the second phase of the Swiss support to the Macedonian association of local authorities with FEDRE’s participation

In 2002, Macedonia settled decentralization as a Constitutional objective for the benefits of the 85 municipalities of the country. Since 2003, the Swiss cooperation and development agency (SDC) has supported the Macedonian association of local authorities (ZELS).

FEDRE pleads for an extension of the Covenant of Mayors to the Western Balkans

Launched one and a half year ago, the "Covenant of Mayor" is a unique bottom-up initiative of Mayors taking firm commitment to sustainable development, by signing a "Covenant". To-day, 1800 Mayors in Europe have already signed this document, but only 45 in the Balkans.

Manifesto for a new urbanity: the European Urban Charter II

The first European Urban Charter, adopted by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in 1992, was a ground-breaking step for Europe and marked a key stage in the necessary recognition of the urban phenomenon in the development of our societies. Since then, our societies, economies and cultures have undergone far-reaching changes. In a context of rapid change and of massive urban development, towns and cities now face challenges on an unprecedented scale.
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