On the occasion of the 2021 World Mayor Awards, a special extended edition of the Letter from Brussels podcast is now available, profiling two winning mayors of the Liberal Mayors Network: Renew Europe President François Decoster of Saint-Omer and Renew Europe member Matúš Vallo of Bratislava, their cities and the achievements that led the jury to award them the World Public Service award and the World Mayor Future award respectively. As always, this episode also brings little known stories about the city of Brussels itself. This new episode can be listened to here: Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, YouTube and Spreaker.
A 15-minute podcast written for the members of the Liberal Mayors Network, and any other interested listeners, Letter from Brussels brings to liberal mayors first-hand information from the highest level of the European Union that is relevant to their work as city leaders and will help them and their citizens connect with European decision-making, and contribute to strengthening the Union. It also gives a perspective on the city of Brussels itself, capital of Europe and of Belgium, and home to more than 1 million people, with a history going back centuries.
Letter from Brussels is written and narrated by Sean O’Curneen, Secretary General of Renew Europe CoR, a former journalist, and is partly inspired by BBC radio’s Letter from America by Alistair Cooke which ran from 1946 to 2004. The podcast is recorded in English; it will appear after every CoR plenary, at least 5 times a year.