Reflecting on EUROCITIES 2016 Milan

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  • economy
  • environment
  • knowledge society
  • mobility

EUROCITIES 2016 Milan on 16-18 November was an opportunity for in-depth discussions on the sharing economy, a debate on ‘rethinking Europe’, and celebrations for our 30th birthday.

Around 400 participants, of whom a quarter were politicians, joined us for an exciting programme. Keynote speaker Benita Matofska, founder of The People Who Share, described the opportunities of the sharing economy and engaged in a lively question and answer session with participants.

A series of roundtable debates provided a forum for discussions on specific aspects of the sharing economy: city competences and legislative frameworks; new business models; quality jobs and skills; and alternative approaches to welfare and services. Further information on the discussions will be available shortly on our website.

There were a number of political discussions during the conference, including a presentation on the UN Habitat/European Commission ‘State of European cities’ report with keynote speaker Jos Maseland from UN Habitat. Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES secretary general, was part of the advisory board for the report.

A political debate on ‘rethinking Europe’ took place on the Thursday afternoon, where politicians endorsed an open letter urging EU and national leaders to work in partnership with cities to build a stronger, more relevant and legitimate Europe. You can read more about the debate and open letter on the front page of this newsletter.

The EUROCITIES awards took place during the gala dinner evening on 17 November. The three winning cities were Zaragoza (cooperation), Athens (innovation) and Leeds (participation). Discover more about the winning projects, which are all linked to the main conference theme of ‘sharing cities’, on page 11.

On the final day of the conference, we welcomed Cecilia Malmström, European commissioner for trade, who talked about the important role of cities for Europe’s economy and competitiveness. The commissioner also announced a new European award for fair trade in cities, to launch next year.

The popular speednetworking sessions also took place, offering participants the chance to discover more about interesting projects and initiatives in cities around Europe.

This page contains more information on the conference, and you can also visit the conference website at the link below. Follow the Twitter hashtag #EUROCITIES2016 for more moments from the conference.

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