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Project: "Equality in European Towns"

The Project "Equality in European Towns" is a trans-European project involving 16 countries. The aim of the project is to establish a methodology for implementation of equality policies in European local and regional authorities in order to give them a concrete tool to implement equality policies between women and men within their regions.

More details about the project:

The CEMR Project: Equality in European Towns
CEMR is a project in the framework of the 5th community action programme for equality between women and men.

Who are the actors?
- CEMR's national associations
- European Town and municipalities

Who are CEMR's partners?
- Sister cities going gender / Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Frauenreferat (D)
- CEMR Italian Association (I)
- CEMR French Association (F)
- Association of Luxembourg towns and municipalities (L)
- Spanish federation of municipalities and provinces (E)
- Association of Finnish local and regional authorities (FI)
- Union of Belgian cities and municipalities (B)
- CEMR German Section (D)
- Swedish association of local authorities (S)
- Association of Basque Municipalities (E)
- AICCRE Federazione Toscana (I)
- Municipality of Saint Jean de la Ruelle (F)
- Municipality of Ferrol (E)
- Municipality of Cartagena (E)
- Local Government International Bureau (UK)
- Central union of municipalities and communities of Greece (GR)

A trans-European project involving 16 countries 11 countries from the EU are taking part as partners:

  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

5 candidate countries are taking part in the project thanks to bilateral agreements between these countries and the EU:

  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Latvia

    The other EU member countries are taking part through the CEMR national member associations.

Aim of the project: Establish a methodology for the implementation of equality policies in European local and regional authorities

Why this methodology? To give local and regional authorities a concrete tool to implement equality policies between men and women within their region

How? By giving recommendations to follow from two main fields:

  • The example of concrete experiences
  • The application of existing legislation

The heart of the project: The concrete experiences of equality policies in European towns and municipalities

Existing legislation: at national / regional level, political parties, etc.

The functioning of the project: The project Secretariat: The CEMR

Concrete experience: the associations and towns

The expertise: by Françoise Gaspard

Role of the secretariat: Management and coordination of the project

Contact with partners:

  • Organisation of meetings and theFinal Results
  • Report to the European Commission

Role of the partners:

  • Participate at the meetings
  • Share their experience for the research by F. Gaspard to establish the final methodology

The towns' concrete experiences: "Sister Cities Going Gender" network

Partner of the project:

  • Municipality of Ferrol
  • Municipality of Cartagena
  • Municipality of St Jean de la Ruelle
  • Towns noticed by the national associations:
  • E.g. : Espoo, Umeå, Heidelberg, Parma, Venice, Rennes, Paris, Marseille…

National experiences: The Spanish experience, The Belgian experience

National legislation: The French experience, The British experience, The Finnish experience, The Swedish experience

Special role: The participants from Central and Eastern European countries who have a different experience in comparison with EU member countries

Role of the expert: Elaborate and draw up the research based on the data supplied by the elected members and experts

Final goal: implement the methodology

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