In this publication the lector will find articles about the important role of local governments. The first article explains the importance of dealing with today´s realities, that´s why councils need to look beyond your shores. Key issues for local government coming from the UE in 2008, is your council ready?, is the next topic. Subsequently, you will find the discussion about working to our potencial: flexing our muscles in Brussels: a shining example, when the votes are counted, a world of LGAs . Finally, the publication has a case study of Sunderland´s approach to international cooperation, engaging globally.