Bilbao welcomes municipalities from throughout Europe to design together the future of equality, diversity and inclusion policies at local level

From 11 to 13 June, Bilbao City Council and EUDEL is hosting the Conference of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), which will bring together 500 mayors, regional and local leaders, European institutions and international organisations.

Representatives of over 40 countries, mainly from Europe, but also from other continents including The Americas, Africa and Asia, will be taking part. The largest delegations will be from Germany, Sweden, Belgium, France and Finland, which are advanced countries in equality and social wellbeing policies.

The Bilbao Conference is at the heart of the debate on the Europe of the Future and aspires to set a new milestone for the transformation of the European social landscape, by means of policies closer to the citizens and which are people focused.

The most innovative contribution will be the “intersection” between the three thematic areas to develop more inclusive, diverse and equal municipalities for everyone, beyond their differences. Europe’s three cross-linked core values are vital for progress in well-being, coexistence and social cohesion.

The programme of 33 sessions, round tables and parallel workshops, will be the opportunity for European municipalities to share best practices. Basque experiences will account for half the sessions.

The Conference will be opened by Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, the Basque Premier, on Monday 11 and with the keynote speech by Rigoberta Menchú, the Nobel Peace Prize winner. It will end with the presentation of the Conference Conclusions document on 13 June.

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#metoo, migration, labour market inclusion: social challenges are increasingly urgent, complex and intertwined. This is particularly true for inequality, discrimination and exclusion. The world is changing. Why don’t we change too?
Join us in Bilbao, from 11 to 13 June 2018, on the occasion of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions’ (CEMR) conference. Discover how to build communities that value everyone.

This groundbreaking event is one of a kind in Europe. It will gather over 500 mayors, local and regional leaders, distinguished guests and experts in the fields of equality, diversity and inclusion. Want examples?

Bart Somers, the winner of the 2016 World Mayor prize, and mayor of Mechelen (Belgium), a city with people from 138 different countries, who managed to show how much strength diversity can bring to a city. He will discuss the “Mechelen model” with us, focusing on migrant integration.

You will also have the opportunity to exchange with Friso Roscam Abbing, Head of Department at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, and Laura Capobianco, UN Women Global Adviser.

To find out more about the programme, explore it first-hand in English or French. A more detailed version will be available on the conference website in January 2018.

Early bird fee

Register today and you can benefit from the early bird fee. This fee is applicable until 5 March 2018.