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Carlos

Mascarell Vilar

Carlos

Ad-Hoc Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I understand urban integrated development as an approach to experiment with new solutions and best practices, scale them up so that they can be adapted to other contexts and reinforce an integrated approach in order to strengthen resilience at the local level by focusing in the following principles: • People-centred approach: citizens’ well-being at the heart of policy setting; • Resilience: adapted to each city’s/country and cultural idiosyncrasy, socioeconomic context, environmental setting and overall sustainability; • Techno-culture and digitalisation: technology as a means to improve citizens’ well-being; • Quadruple helix: integration and engagement of stakeholders through public and private partnerships (citizens, government, private sector, academia); • Trust-building: as a result of stakeholder collaboration, and consolidation of social capital; • Experiential learning: benchmarking best and worst practices, monitoring and evaluating policies and sharing knowledge (intra-city, intra-country and international cooperation); • Brand identity & reputation: solutions that suit citizens’ culture, building a brand. There are still many governance-related barriers that need also to be addressed in order to be able to find the right thematic solutions: lack of coordination and funding, duplicity of competences, lack of human capacities in middle-sized cities are only some of the challenges that integrated urban development also needs to address.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
The main objective of exchanges and learning processes at the international level is to ensure not only that cities can learn from good practices coming from other places, but that they can also learn how to adapt them to their own context, as well as how to develop their own action plan. In addition, the objective of exchanging is also to strengthen capacities about existing methodologies (such as city- mentoring) of exchange so that they can use them in the future by themselves. Knowledge exchange activities aim at finding evidence about the most suitable policies at the city level, in order to influence decision-making at the local, national and international levels. A methodology of exchange needs to be SMART as well as specific and local: It supports partner cities in carrying out concrete changes in local practice, where goals and standards are set by a benchmark based on EU-wide experience, and each city undertaking these actions is mentored through the process of change by a mentor city. General and EU-wide: By applying its thematic benchmarks in these ‘real-life’ city actions, the method develops, tests and validates them so they can be delivered to Europe’s cities and other levels of government as tools for improving practice EU-wide in future years Experimenting at the local level, transferring the good examples to other places, while assessing their needs and particular context and scaling-them up through good dissemination are the key for success
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
Since I finished university I have been always working in English. Since I started to work at the European Parliament in 2010, I have always worked in English (as well as in Spanish, French and Italian mainly), which has allowed me to consolidate my capacity to communicate in English both written and orally. Since my first professional experience in the European Parliament and after at the UNIDIR, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and CEMR, I have been writing briefings, position papers, press releases, as well as responding to consultations, etc. I have also facilitated several expert groups and participated in dozens of workshops and seminars, as a speaker and as a participant. More concretely I have represented the organisations I have worked for in expert groups, conferences and seminars both as a speaker and as moderator. I have also written several working papers, position papers, reports, evaluations or event reports. I am also used to write amendments and to read reports, papers and legislative documents in English. I am proficient both in writing and oral English, while I also have a very good command of French, Italian, Spanish and Catalan, while I also have intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
As a teacher at Blanquerna University I had to explain the functioning of the European union and particularly its multilevel structure. In this respect and in order that students could understand the complexity of levels and particularly the mixture between shared, concurrent and exclusive competences as well as of institutions to which some member states belong and some other do not I played a very pedagogic video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O37yJBFRrfg I also used a very simple power point presentations to explain the different theories of multilevel governance in a simple manner. In addition, I have also used several Power Point and Prezi presentations to explain CEMR, as well as the structure of projects, methodologies of exchange or knowledge management strategies. I am used to present the role of CEMR as an advocacy organisation but also as a knowledge exchange platform between associations and municipalities. In addition, I am also experienced in drafting position papers in a simple manner for different kind of audiences.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
During the Afrcities Summit, CEMR was in charge of organising the first Africa-EU Youth Forum of local and regional elected representatives. Here you can find the preliminary background paper for the session: https://www.africities.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/AfriCities-8-concept-note_and-Agenda-EN-FINAL.pdf The session aimed at exchange about the main challenges between young local mayors and councillors in Europe and Africa through a World Café session. During the YELAC project, I was in charge of organising several activities and sessions. Here you can find the first press release during the first activity of the project where you will find a link to the conclusions as well as to the general explanation of the project: http://www.ccre.org/en/actualites/view/3004 During the Bilbao conference on equality, diversity and inclusion I was in charge of organising an overall concept as well as several sessions. In this respect, here you can find the general concept note of the conference: https://cemrbilbao2018.eu/documents/bilbao-concept-note-EN.pdf
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
During my time at the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung I participated in several seminars and coordinated publications. Here you have an example of one of the publications I contributed to on feminicide: https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/qKV6zAhGca7ZZv Here another which captured the exchanges of a seminar about the Buen Vivir and the Green New deal concepts: https://eu.boell.org/en/2012/11/13/buen-vivir-and-green-new-deal-equivalent-concepts-eu-and-latin-america Recently I contributed to a publication of the OECD about the territorial dimension of migration and integration. Here you can find a series of case studies and good practices, as well as policy recommendations: http://www.oecd.org/publications/working-together-for-local-integration-of-migrants-and-refugees-9789264085350-en.htm During the YELAC project, I was in charge of organising several activities and sessions. Here you can find the first press release during the first activity of the project where you will find a link to the conclusions as well as to the general explanation of the project: http://www.ccre.org/en/actualites/view/3004 Here a summary of participating countries and activities: file:///C:/Users/Carlos/Downloads/yelacimplementationsummary.pdf
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
Here you can find the response of CEMR to a consultation based on the exchange that we have had among members as well as within the Partnership on the Inclusion of Refugees and Migrants of the Urban Agenda for the EU: http://www.ccre.org/img/uploads/piecesjointe/filename/CEMR_Response_to_the_consultation_on_EU_Funds_final_EN.pdf Here you can also find another example of a document wehere you can find recommendations on how to better deal with migrant children and unaccompanied minors (in the framework of the Partnership on the Inclusion of Refuges and Migrants of the Urban Agenda for the EU): https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/system/files/ged/inclusion_recommendations_children-in-migration.pdf Recently I contributed to a publication of the OECD about the territorial dimension of migration and integration. Here you can find a series of case studies and good practices, as well as policy recommendations: http://www.oecd.org/publications/working-together-for-local-integration-of-migrants-and-refugees-9789264085350-en.htm Here you can find a study to which I vastly contributed on territorial reforms and decentralisation: http://www.ccre.org/img/uploads/piecesjointe/filename/CCRE_broch_EN_complete_low.pdf

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
In the field of governance and citizenship and democracy, I am responsible of contributing to cross-cutting EU policy developments. More concretely, I have worked to strengthen decentralisation, increase transparency in trilogues, contributed to the Better Regulation Package or the Subsidiarity and Proportionality Task Force. Furthermore, I have successfully contributed to enhance open government initiatives and transparency in general, as well as ensured the support of the European Parliament to enhance the budget of the Rights and Values Programme for the post-2020 period. In fact, the current proposals of the European Parliament on the future 2021-2027 Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF), the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) or the Rights and Values Programme, include proposals that I have been advocating for. In addition, I have written several articles about local governance, news form of participation (offline and online) and service provision. I am an expert in territorial reforms as I have worked very closely with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, and followed development in the field of better regulation and subsidiarity. I am an, expert in multilevel governance very aware of the challenges on coordination both from a horizontal and vertical perspectives.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Here you can find another piece of work on the future Europe for Citizens Programme 2021-2027 and more concretely the access of local and regional government to funding for activities linked to city-tocity-cooperation: http://ccre.org/img/uploads/piecesjointe/filename/CEMR_Mid_term_Review_2014_2020_EN.pdf In addition, here you can find some other documents in the field of better regulation: http://ccre.org/img/uploads/piecesjointe/filename/CEMR_Position_paper_Better_Regulation_EN.pdf Here you can also find asummary of the Young European Leaders for Active Citizenship (YELAC) project that I implemented between 2014 and 2016: file:///C:/Users/Carlos/Downloads/CEMR_YELAC%20activities%202014-2016_EN.pdf
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Here you can find the Manifesto that CEMR prepared in 2014 for the European elections. I was responsible of coordinating the drafting process of the manifesto together with a small task force composed by technicians coming from our national associations of local and regional government: http://www.ccre.org/img/uploads/piecesjointe/filename/CEMR_Manifesto_EN.pdf
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
I have designed, implemented and evaluated the Young European Leaders for Active Citizenship (#YELAC), a two-year project funded by the European Commission, which aimed at reducing the gap between EU politics and younger generations, as well as at improving the multilevel governance of youth policies from bottom-up perspective. I was in charge of the definition of the topics (education, youth participation, employment and emancipation) as well as of the method of exchange. Beyond traditional panels and seminars (presentations, workshops and seminars) the main activities of the project were organised through world cafés in which young mayors and councillors could provide their experience around the different topics of the project in order to see, which were the most repeated ideas so that we could prepare a series of recommendations. You can also check the different pictures and communications through social media by checking the twitter hashtag #YELAC. Here below you will find more information (summary about the results of the project) on the project results which was uploaded in all the websites of project partners: http://www.ccre.org/en/actualites/view/3004 file:///C:/Users/Carlos/Downloads/yelacimplementationsummary%20(2).pdf I was in charge of communicating through twitter on each project activity as well as to design all the activities, implement them and evaluate them.
Theme / Policy: 
Active Inclusion of Target Groups
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
During the last years at CEMR, I have been able to engage in research, outreach writing, project management, campaign development and coalition-building, in order to successfully influence several EU legislative and non-legislative initiatives, as well as to contribute to EU polices in the fields of asylum, migration and integration. My core responsibilities include drafting position papers and briefings, following EU policy developments and engaging in advocacy activities (consultations, amendments, seminar organisation, etc.), as well as designing campaigns, capacity-building activities, facilitating exchanges of best practices between members or writing project bids and implementing them. As the main responsible of CEMR staff in the field of migration and integration, I have successfully represented CEMR in the Partnership on the Inclusion of Refugees and Migrants of the Urban Agenda for the EU and led the development of Action 1 (how to better protect unaccompanied minors in Europe from an urban perspective). From a policy perspective, I have contributed to the EU Action Plan on the Integration of Third-country Nationals (2016), successfully advocated for direct access to EU funding on integration for cities under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) in the future programming period (2021-2027), as well as coordinated the CEMR Task Force on Refugees and Migrants. I have also successfully influenced several legislative and non-legislative reports.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
In the field of migration and integration and in the framework of the Partnership on the Inclusion of Refugees and Migrants, I have worked on several position papers and briefings. An example of this work is the response to the EU consultation on the access to EU funding for integration, as well as the work of the partnership to improve access of local government to funding on integration: https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/inclusion-migrants-and-refugees/10-recommendations-improving-cities-access-eu-funds-inclusion http://www.ccre.org/img/uploads/piecesjointe/filename/CEMR_Response_to_the_consultation_on_EU_Funds_final_EN.pdf
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
In the framework of the Urban Agenda for the EU I was responsible of the implementation of the first action of the Partnership on unaccompanied minors. After a series of consultations we managed to draft a paper with recommendations on how to better protect the rights of unaccompanied minors in Europe: https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/system/files/ged/inclusion_recommendations_children-in-migration.pdf In the framework of the refugee crisis that started in 2013-2014, CEMR started to work hard in the field of migrant integration from the perspective of local and regional government. We launched a call for a real common european asylum policy that was signed by several mayors of european capitals as well as by presidents of national associations of local and regional governments. The Call was also upoloade in the www.change.org platfomr in order to raise-awareness and have a bigger impact: https://www.change.org/p/european-states-it-s-time-you-act-for-refugees-with-towns-and-regions
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
I have been involved in the design of a project under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the EU. The project aims at strengthening the exchange of knowledge and good practices between middle-sized cities through mentoring-schemes (in pairs of 2) between cities with more and less experience around 4 topics linked to integration building and action plans using a methodology developed by MigrationWork CIC: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Uib5gScOVl8 This methodology is the one that I am using and promoting within our members so that cities can innovate in the way to work together, in order to adapt the twinning movement to current methods of cooperation at the local level. The methodology is specific and local: It supports partner cities in carrying out concrete changes in local practice, where goals and standards are set by a benchmark based on EU-wide experience, and each city undertaking these actions is mentored through the process of change by a mentor city. General and EU-wide: By applying its thematic benchmarks in these ‘real-life’ city actions, IncluCities develops, tests and validates them so they can be delivered to Europe’s cities and the European Commission as tools for improving practice EU-wide in future years. Here you can find some documents explaining the method: http://www.integratingcities.eu/integrating-cities/documents The methodology is very similar to the one used by URBACT’s action planning, implementation and transfer networks

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
City-mentroing aims at promoting mutual-learning between more and less experienced cities and associations of local and regional government. The initiative aims to do this by a peer-to-peer learning method. Its strength lies in the interaction between two levels: • Specific and local: It supports partner cities in carrying out concrete changes in local practice, where goals and standards are set by a benchmark based on global experience, and each city undertaking these actions is mentored through the process of change by a mentor city. • Global and EU-wide: By applying its thematic benchmarks in these ‘real-life’ city actions, the initiative develops, tests and validates them so they can be delivered to other cities around the world as tools for improving practice EU-wide in future years. The methodology will help mentee cities (learning cities) to identify key actors and factors that need to be in place to accomplish the reference benchmark (after the definition of standards) as well as how to use it; steps to take before the visit; the mentoring visit itself (including the task of drafting an action plan); implementing the action plan and evaluating it. The benchmarks (to and key factors for each topic will be drawn from a global-wide review of cities’ experience polled by associations’ knowledge. Local clusters of interest parties participate in the three-phases: needs assessment, action planning and implementation.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
As part of the CEMR team I have contributed to develop the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC) is an online toolkit (www.rfsc.eu) for local European authorities that are involved in or are willing to start a process of integrated and sustainable urban development. The main objective of the toolkit is to enhance the dialogue within a city and with peer cities tackling the same issues all across Europe. Based on a checklist of 25 questions and a large database of indicators, the toolkit offers practical support to: Develop an urban strategy or project which takes into account all fields of sustainable urban development; • Check the ongoing strategies or projects in a given city and inform about the interactions (positive or negative) of the different policy sectors; • Monitor the progress of a strategy over a certain period of time. Moreover, the toolkit offers access to different forms of exchange and support (training sessions, peer learning with other cities, showcase catalogue). The toolkit was designed by and for cities, and can be used at various scales - from the neighbourhood level to the wider metropolitan level. It is free of charge and does not require any specific commitment from the cities. It is now available in 17 languages.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
As a staff member of CEMR, I have a very close relationship to other colleagues who work in the field of urban sustainable development (Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities, URBACT, Eurocities, ICLEI, CPMR, AER, etc.) and I have also very good connections with other platforms such as 100 Resilient Cities or Cities Alliance. In addition, I am in close contact with the Directorates Generals and Agencies as well as different programmes of the European Commission related to sustainable urban development. In this respect, my day to day work in the field of urban development at the policy, projects and knowledge exchange levels, allows me to keep track of trends in sustainable development, funding opportunities, etc. I am familiar with the work of Interreg, URBACT, the Urban Innovative Actions, etc. In addition, I am also following the evolution of cohesion policy and rural development, while as a member of the Urban Agenda for the EU (Partnership on refugees and migrants), I follow the developments in the different Partnerships. From time to time I write articles on urban development for newspapers such as El País or eldiario.es and I am very active in twitter, which allows me to follow very interesting organisations, persons and initiatives working on urban development. And it also allows me to be updated on the most recent trends linked to sustainable urban development thanks to urban-based think tanks, blogs and other sources of information.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
The mentoring-scheme methodology I used in twinning, allows to adapt assess the context of cities participating in the process by assessing very accurately the needs as well as the context in close cooperation with a local cluster of local actors. The accompanying city facilitates the process. In this respect, I have launched the Platform of Young local elected representatives to contribute to the establishment of 100% Youth Cities through city-to-city cooperation. The methodology behinf allows to understand the contextual factors that might be blocking the achievement of a particular objective and that might not be linked to the policy itself. Puting a particular challenge versus a reference benchmark in close cooperation with city officials and a cluster of local stakeholders allows to adapt an action plan to a particular context. The metodology aims at promoting mutual-learning between more and less experienced cities. Its strength lies in the interaction between two levels: • Specific and local: It supports partner cities in carrying out concrete changes in local practice, where goals and standards are set by a benchmark based on global experience, and each city undertaking these actions is mentored through the process of change by a mentor city. • Global and EU-wide: By applying its thematic benchmarks in these ‘real-life’ city actions, the initiative develops, tests and validates them so they can be delivered to other cities around the world.
Summary Expertise: 
Experienced in using methodologies of mentoring-scheme learning between more and less experienced cities in order to elaborate action plans to improve policy outcomes with respect to a reference benchmark identified through the different thematic URBACT networks: from the needs assessment phase (identification of gaps with respect to a reference benchmark) to the benchmarking, action plan definition and the implementation and evaluation phases. Together with my knowledge in building mentoring-schemes for knowledge exchange, the following 7 principles guide the way I support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing and delivering integrated and participatory policies: • People-centered approach: citizens’ well-being at the heart of policy setting; • Resilience: adapted to each city’s/country and cultural idiosyncrasy, socioeconomic context, environmental setting and overall sustainability; • Techno-culture: technology as a means to improve citizens’ well-being; • Quadruple helix: integration and engagement of stakeholders through public and private partnerships (citizens, government, private sector, academia); • Trust-building: as a result of stakeholder collaboration, and consolidation of social capital; • Experiential learning: benchmarking best and worst practices, monitoring and evaluating policies (intra-city, intra-country and international cooperation); • Brand identity & reputation: solutions that suit citizens’ culture

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Belgium
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Catalan - Mother tongue
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Email:
carlosmascarellvilar@gmail.com

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