The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) is the largest and broadest organisation of local and regional government in Europe. Its members consist of 60 national associations of towns, municipalities and regions from 41 of the 47 Council of Europe member countries, including the 27 member states of the European Union (EU). CEMR organises and coordinates thematic meetings, expert group meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences to promote the exchange and dissemination of knowledge and experience at the local and regional level, offer the possibility to EU institutions to present their priorities and achievements and support the formulation of common positions on issues of concern to local and regional authorities.