Leuven named European Capital of Innovation

Leuven wins iCapital title and €1 million for ground-breaking collaboration model.

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Leuven named European Capital of Innovation

Paris wins European court case on short term holiday rentals

Cities don’t have to accept uncontrolled use of apartments for short term holiday rentals via platforms like Airbnb. They have the right to limit those rentals in order to protect the local housing market, the European Court of Justice ruled in favour of the city of Paris.

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Paris wins European court case on short term holiday rentals

The glass city hall

Paweł Adamowicz, former Mayor of Gdansk, has left a lasting legacy in the city in the form of its openness policy.

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The glass city hall

Brussels: women bike the city

A new graffiti in Brussels shall inspire women to get on their bikes and take over the streets.

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Brussels: women bike the city

Three dimensions of a city

An earthquake eradicated Skopje’s Jewish Quarter. Now, via their mobile phones, visitors to Skopje will soon be able to roam through that quarter once again.

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Three dimensions of a city

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We strive for a Europe where cities are genuine partners with the EU to create a better future for all.

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    Cities have been on the front lines in stepping up policy responses and emergency measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. As the level of government closest to citizens and as essential providers of social, economic, care and transport services, cities’ swift interventions to help the most in need have been crucial in

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  • Nantes Innovation Forum

    In September 2019, Nantes became the European Capital of Innovation, thanks to its active commitment to civic dialogue and the dynamism of its ecosystem in terms of social, inclusive, cultural and digital entrepreneurship. The COVID-19 crisis has reinforced our conviction that innovation is driven by collective intelligence and that the future must be built by

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“If we get it right in cities, we will get it right for Europe”

Cities want to play an active role in Europe’s recovery after the corona pandemic. Mayors of major European cities have offered a ‘new pact between the EU and city leadership’ to overcome the impacts of the crisis. In meetings with the European Commission’s Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans and Commissioners Paolo Gentiloni and Johannes Hahn on Friday, organised by Eurocities, the mayors proposed to involve city governments more in the EU recovery programmes and demanded direct access for cities to European funding. More details are outlined in a joint declaration: ‘EU recovery powered by cities’.

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