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Projects & Programmes

CEMR leads and participates to projects and programs that promotes sustainable territories and decentralised cooperation. These projects directly support Local and Regional Governments by fostering partnerships, sharing practical solutions, and enhancing their capacity to address critical challenges

Bridges of Trust

CEMR and PLATFORMA are part of the Bridges of Trust’s project since March 2021.

The devastating destruction of many Ukrainian municipalities made clear the need to increase local and regional cooperation between Ukraine and the EU to help the Ukrainian reconstruction.

CEMR-PLATFORMA and their member associations have a long history of decentralised international cooperation that has its roots in the post WWII reconstruction of Europe, when Twinning helped cities to reconnect after the world to establish relations of friendship and cooperation.

At the core of this action lies the firm belief that the bonds forged through exchanges and collaboration between municipalities are a driving force for the growth and development of communities and Europe as a whole.

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Since the Revolution of Dignity of 2014, Ukraine has been strengthening local self-government through decentralisation reforms, that brought:

  • To reduce inequalities among different territories
  • Allocation of new sources of income for sub-national governments
  • More autonomy of local governments

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Bridges of Trust works in partnership and coordination with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) and through the involvement of the Associations of local governments in the 10 European Union member states. Bridges of Trust is supported by the U-LEAD with Europe programme.

Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy Europe

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy Europe brings together thousands of local governments who voluntarily commit to implementing the EU’s climate and energy objectives in their territory.

Signatories share a vision for making cities decarbonised and resilient, where citizens have access to secure, sustainable, and affordable energy. They commit to make climate action a priority by setting mid- and long-term targets, consistent with the EU objectives and in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 while leaving no one and no place behind.

Additionally, signatories commit to submitting a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) outlining the key actions within two years following the local council decision to join the Covenant and reporting every two years on the progress of implementation.

The initiative was launched by the European Commission in 2008 and now counts over 11,000 signatories. Its bottom-up governance, multi-level cooperation model and context-driven framework for action have been key success factors of the initiative. Launched in 2015, the Global Covenant of Mayors, has been capitalising on the experience gained in Europe and beyond.


What is the role of national associations of Local and Regional Governments as Covenant Supporters?

  • Promoting the Covenant of Mayors at the national level, mobilising existing and potential signatories
  • Contributing to reinforce multi-level governance and the active role of Local and Regional Governments in the design and implementation of sustainable climate and energy policies
  • Organising national awareness raising and capacity building activities in the fields of climate change adaptation, mitigation and access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy, funding and financing
  • Participating in Covenant of Mayors activities


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Many CEMR’s member associations are Covenant Supporters. The full list of Supporters can be found in the project website:

European Charter for Equality

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Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC)

The Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC) is an initiative led by CEMR together with the French Ministry in charge of housing and urban development and CEREMA, a public body in support of national and local authorities in the field of sustainable development.

The project assists Local and Regional Governments implementing integrated sustainable urban development strategies aligned to the New Leipzig Charter the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It offers a free self-assessment tool for cities to assess the performance of local strategies and plans against a European framework of objectives structured along the Green, Just and Productive cities, as well as developing SDG Voluntary Local Reviews in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Based on a 3-step process, cities of all sizes receive guidance on how to assess priorities, define concrete actions and put in place a monitoring system to track progress.



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Town twinning was established immediately after World War II when mayors and citizens were determined to prevent further conflicts in Europe. CEMR has always focused on bringing together citizens from different countries and cultures and fostering cooperation between local representatives and communities.


In our vision, strengthening exchange links between municipalities is crucial for Europe’s development.


Today, city-to-city cooperation continues to adapt, allowing municipalities to collaborate on specific issues like water management, economic development, and social services improvement. CEMR works to ensure that Twinning remains relevant and effective in addressing contemporary challenges by promoting modern, high-quality exchanges that engage all sectors of European society.


Focus Group on Town Twinning

The focus group includes twinning coordinators and experts from CEMR member associations. It aims to promote, monitor, and develop new forms of twinning, and provides recommendations to the European Commission on the Europe for Citizens programme.



  • Ensure peaceful relations and active local participation among Europeans.
  • Strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between European citizens.
  • Provide an online platform to facilitate new twinning partnerships between European municipalities.
  • Encourage technical cooperation and the exchange of best practices between municipalities.
  • Support good local governance and reinforce the role of local and regional authorities in European integration.


Town Twinning Website

Visit, a virtual meeting place for European municipalities looking to establish twinning links. Available in over 20 languages, the website includes an online form for municipalities seeking partnerships.