Leading members of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) met the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel on 2 July during a brief visit to Tel Aviv intended to strengthen cooperation.
The meeting in Tel Aviv offered an opportunity for both delegations to identify issues on which both sides would be interested in intensifying contacts. Areas of interest highlighted by individual members included cooperation to advance the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, innovation, logistics, 'smart cities', and environmental services.
Later, the head of the Delegation of the European Union to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, provided an overview of EU cooperation with Israel.
Mr Giaufret spoke at a meeting between the EU delegation and two Israeli entrepreneurs recently named runners-up for a new ARLEM award for young businesspeople whose companies have benefited from cooperation with local government. Ido Levy's company SafeMode aims to reduce road deaths, while Hanan Lipskin and his company Keepers are pioneering efforts to protect children from cyber-bullying. The prize, which was awarded in February, was won by a Libyan fashion company.