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International news of local government 24.04.24

International news of local government 24.04.24


Here are the latest relevant and interesting stories from the local government sector that caught our attention. In this roundup of what's happening now in the world of local government, you'll find best practice, inspiration and more from across the sector.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo's water mapping scheme wins European award
The Map4Water scheme, which highlights all public water sources across Sarajevo, has won a European award by public vote. The scheme was the recipient of the New European Bauhaus Prize, which recognizes projects that combine sustainability, inclusiveness and aesthetics. Sarajevo's tradition of building fountains is said to date back to the 15th century and this scheme aimed to promote this tradition as part of the city's heritage. It also aimed to improve local accessibility, reduce the use of bottled water and ensure that public facilities are valued and left to a high standard.

Belgium: Brussels municipality to enforce curfew for e-scooters
In an attempt to address reports of rising crime rates, the mayor of Etterbeek, Brussels, has suggested a crackdown on e-scooters, albeit only at night. Mayor Vincent De Wolf has suggested banning the use of e-scooters between 11pm and 6am to prevent criminals getting away from crime scenes as easily as possible. The municipality has seen an increase in shootings and violence at night, with suspects often fleeing through small paths and sidewalks via e-scooters.

France: Border communes offer free travel to Luxembourg travelers
Luxembourg is the only country in the world with completely free public transport. However, many travelers are not feeling these benefits – around 120,000 people living in France travel to the Grand Duchy for work and still have to rely on partially paid public transport. To address this, six French border communes, home to many workers who commute to Luxembourg, have collaborated on a six-month pilot. The scheme will provide free transport to daily workers, picking them up from villages and dropping them off at the border. The pilot aims not only to support workers, but to help reduce traffic on local roads.

Netherlands: Amsterdam bans the creation of new hotels
The city of Amsterdam will expand its hotel regulation, ensuring that no new hotels will be allowed in the Dutch capital unless an existing one closes its doors. The move is part of the stay away from cities strategy, which aims to limit the number of non-cruise, non-holiday rentals in the city to below 20 million each year. The new hotel regulation also dictates that in new developments, the number of beds must not be greater than the one it replaces and that the new hotel must be improved in some way over the previous facility, such as being more stable.

Scotland: Glasgow sees success with air quality project
Glasgow City Council has reported sustained reductions in air pollution in the west of the city, ending an air quality management area statement that was in place since 2007. Air quality targets have been met on the two routes of concern every year since 2017, and more than 10% below target since 2018. The Scottish Government and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency independently agreed the findings.
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