August Issue - Latvia calls - Annual IC Conference in Jurmala ___________________________________________________

The IV. Annual IC Meeting is coming up. Headed “Europe in Transformation” this event will show you how your town or region can become more innovative and attractive. Take your chance to create Europe’s future and register now: www.innovationcircle.net.

Furthermore we are glad to announce that Jurmala city and the Latvian Association for Regional and Local Government (LALRG) are co-partners in hosting the annual event together with Trans in Form project and Innovation Circle Network. The conference will take place in Jurmala (Latvia) from 8th - 9th of December.

We look forward to meet you in Jurmala,

Your IC Team


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Latvia calls – Annual IC Conference 2011

New Mayor in Askim – IC Interview with Thor Hals

Promoting Peace and Prosperity - First Global Sister Cities and Twinning Summit


International Issues:

A sigh of relief - Germany continues to support the Euro rescue

Stability won in Norway - Voters escaped from the wing parties


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Upcoming events:

05 – 07 October: 19th BSSSC Annual Conference - The role of the regions in the BSR (Szczecin, Poland)

10 – 13 October: OPEN DAYS 2011 - 9th European week of Regions and Cities (Brussels, Belgium)

08 – 09 December: Europe in Transformation, IV. Annual IC Conference (Jurmala, Latvia)

 

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"Europe in Tansformation", 8-9 December

IC 2011 - Latvia calls

Europe in Transformation is the title of the IV annual IC conference(8-9 of Dec). Jurmala city and Latvian Association for Regional and Local Government (LALRG) are co-partners in hosting the annual event together with Trans in Form project and Innovation Circle Network. The conference will focus on how rural areas and smaller places can adapt and develop in difficult times.

You can read more and register here...

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Germany continues to support the Euro rescue

?A sigh of relief?

Angela Merkel achieved a convincing parliamentary majority in a decisive vote on expanding the euro rescue fund. The Bundestag, Germany's upper legislative chamber, approved to expand the powers of the ?440 billion European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF). The delegates passed the expansion of the euro backstop fund EFSF with 523 votes in favor, 85 against and three abstentions.

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IC interviewed Thor Hals

New mayor in Askim

Thor Hals from the Conservative Party will become the new Mayor of Askim, Norway. He is the Vice Mayor who climbs one step up due to the growth of support to his party. Even though the Social Democrats remains the biggest party in the council he managed to gather a majority coalition of other parties. Thor Hals is in the "Trans in Form" Steering Comitte and recently his municipality joined the Innovation Circle Network.

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First Global Sister Cities and Twinning Summit

Promoting Peace and Prosperity

Leaders of Citizen Diplomacy Organization from 30 different countries around the world gathered from 7 to 9 of September for the first Global Sister Cities and Twinning Summit in Cairo, Egypt. Mudite Priede, Secretary General, and Z. D?ze, Head of Foreign Affairs Unit of Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, attendet the event and discussed with others the importance and the role of people-to-people diplomacy, particularly through the versatile model of city twinning.

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Voters escaped from the wing parties

Stability won in Norway

About 63,6 % turn out is the highest in local elections during the last 20 years. The results from regions and municipalities show that Norwegians voted safe and traditional. The big parties in Norway are again the Labour Party (social democrats) and the Conservative Party. This restored the historic balance. The losers became the parties at the left wing and the right wing.

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