Sharing about sharing in Milan

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Milan is hosting our 2016 annual conference on the theme of 'sharing cities'.

Milan will host our 2016 annual conference. This year’s theme - sharing cities – will be explored in detail by participants in one of four roundtable debates scheduled for the morning of Thursday 17 November.  

The roundtables, to be held at Milano Congressi (MiCo), will focus on specific aspects of the sharing economy. Each moderated session is expected to draw around 60 participants, who will be invited to engage in a debate with the mayors, EU officials, MEPs and business representatives seated around the table. 

The confirmed speakers at the session dedicated to city competences and legislative frameworks will include mayors and deputy mayors from Barcelona, Copenhagen, Kiel and Nice, as well as a representative of the home rental service Airbnb. The discussion will concentrate on ways for cities to find a balance between regulation and openness to make the most of the potential of the sharing economy.

The concepts of product-service systems, redistribution markets and collaborative lifestyles, and the overall role of cities in supporting new business models in the sharing economy, will be the focus of discussion at the second roundtable. The mayors and deputy mayors of Bologna, Brussels Capital, Ljubljana, Lisbon and Munster will be on hand to share their experiences. Car sharing will likely be a hot topic.

Participants in the third roundtable will explore the challenges and opportunities posed by the quest for quality jobs and skills in the sharing economy. The speakers will include mayors and deputy mayors from Ghent, Rome, Seville and Turin, an MEP, a researcher and a trade union representative. 

The fourth session will explore alternative approaches to welfare and services, including the effects of an ageing population and budget restrictions on health and social care systems. The role of information and communication technologies and the potential of social media as an enabler will also be touched upon by the representatives of the Athens, Eindhoven, Milan, Tampere and Vienna city councils in attendance.

Host city Milan itself has plenty to share on the theme of sharing economy, including examples of shared mobility, creativity, the use and reuse of spaces, shared information and open governance.

Registration for the conference is open until 1 November. Join us in Milan and be part of the discussion. Find out more at

EUROCITIES staff contact

Sinead Mullins