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International local government news 24.04.24

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Here are the latest newsworthy and interesting stories from the local government sector that caught our attention. In this round-up of what’s happening right now in the world of local government, you’ll find best practices, inspiration, and more from across the sector.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo water map scheme wins European award
The Map4Water scheme, which highlights all public water fountains across Sarajevo, has won a European award by public vote. The scheme was the recipient of the New European Bauhaus Prize, which recognises projects that “combine sustainability, inclusion and aesthetics”. Sarajevo’s tradition of fountain building reportedly dates back to the 15th century, and this scheme set out to promote that tradition as part of the city’s heritage. It also aimed to improve local accessibility, reduce the use of bottled water, and ensure public amenities are appreciated and left to a high standard.
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Belgium: Brussels municipality to implement e-scooter curfew
In a bid to address reports of rising crime rates, the mayor of the municipality of Etterbeek, Brussels, has suggested a clampdown on e-scooters, albeit only at night. Mayor Vincent De Wolf has suggested banning the use of e-scooters from 11pm to 6am to prevent criminals from fleeing crime scenes as easily. The municipality has seen a rise in night-time shootings and violence, with suspects often fleeing down small paths and sidewalks via e-scooter.
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France: Border municipalities offering free travel for Luxembourg commuters
Luxembourg is the only nation in the world with entirely free public transport. Yet many commuters aren’t feeling these benefits – some 120,000 people who reside in France commute into the Grand Duchy for work, and still have to rely on partially paid public transport. To address this, six French border municipalities home to many workers traveling to Luxembourg have partnered for a six-month pilot. The scheme will offer a free shuttle for daily workers, collecting them from villages and dropping them off at the border. The pilot aims to not only support workers but to help reduce traffic on local roads.
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The Netherlands: Amsterdam bans the creation of new hotels
The City of Amsterdam is set to expand its regulation on hotels, ensuring that no new hotels will be allowed in the Dutch capital unless an existing one shuts its doors. The move forms part of the city’s ’stay away’ strategy, which aims to limit the number of non-cruise, non-holiday rental stays in the city to under 20 million each year. The new hotel regulation also dictates that in the new developments, the number of beds must not be larger than in the one it’s replacing and that the new hotel must improve on the previous establishment in some way, such as by being more sustainable.
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Scotland: Glasgow sees success with air quality project
Glasgow City Council has reported sustained reductions in air pollution in the city’s west end, bringing an end to an air quality management area declaration that had been in place since 2007. Air quality objectives have been met on the two roads of concern every year since 2017, and at more than 10% below the objective since 2018. The Scottish Government and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency independently agreed on the findings.
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