June 2016


EUROCITIES president reacts to Brexit

Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes and EUROCITIES president, issued a statement on 24 June in response to the outcome of the UK referendum on EU membership. She expressed shock at the decision of the British people to leave the EU, and called for greater cooperation and exchange of experience between cities in order to strengthen the European project.


Open letter from European mayors to EU leaders on World Refugee Day

The mayors of 11 major European cities wrote to EU leaders on World Refugee Day, 20 June, calling to refocus the debate on the refugee situation at European level and better recognise the important role cities play in welcoming and integrating refugees. The letter was printed in The Guardian, and received coverage in EU and international media.


European cities call for clarity on impact of TTIP at local level

European city leaders are calling for a number of clarifications on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). While EUROCITIES members recognise the potential benefits of such an agreement in terms of job creation, growth, and new opportunities for SMEs, we raise various concerns, such as the need to safeguard quality public services and to carry out a full impact assessment of TTIP on local governments.


'Cities welcome refugees' campaign shortlisted for European Communications Award

We have been shortlisted for the European Association of Communications Directors (EACD) European Communication Award for our 'cities welcome refugees' campaign. The campaign ran from September 2015 to April 2016, culminating in the launch of a report. Its aim was to raise awareness of the role of cities in receiving and integrating refugees. The winner will be revealed at a ceremony on 7 July.


EUROCITIES smart cities month – thank you!

We ran a focus month on smart cities between 17 May and 17 June. The month was a chance to showcase our work on smart cities, including good practices from our member cities, interviews with politicians and experts, and participation at a number of events. We also ran a Twitter campaign, #smartercities.


Air quality: cities count on ambitious and binding EU targets

We are closely following the finalisation of negotiations between the EU institutions on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive, which will set binding targets on national emissions levels. Cities are heavily dependent on these binding targets in order to improve their own local air quality, but early signs indicate that the final agreement with lack ambition and introduce new loopholes.


Lisbon hosts study visit on Housing First

On 25-27 May, the city of Lisbon hosted 60 participants in a study visit on Housing First, in the framework of our working group on homelessness.The event was an opportunity for city experts to exchange experiences of working with the Housing First model, an approach that prioritises giving homeless people permanent housing, without any preconditions, as quickly as possible, with voluntary support provided for as long as is necessary.


Skilling up for jobs in cities - Making the most of the urban agenda for the EU

EUROCITIES and the city of Rotterdam are organising a high level event on skills on 21 September. 'Skilling up for jobs in cities - Making the most of the urban agenda for the EU' will include a political roundtable session with representatives from the European Commission, as well as workshops with experts from the OECD, ILO, CSR Europe and European Commission DG Employment and DG GROW.


Cities in action: The Edinburgh Guarantee

Our latest ‘cities in action’ case study looks at The Edinburgh Guarantee, a scheme to provide new employment and training opportunities to the city’s school leavers. The scheme has so far created over 2,400 opportunities for school leavers and has brought significant economic value to the city.


Other News

Climate Chance - register now!

Registrations are now open for the Climate Chance summit in Nantes on 26-28 September.

EUROCITIES in European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) has accepted a set of commitments submitted by EUROCITIES.

CREATE's take on urban traffic congestion

Focusing on five capital cities (Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Paris and Vienna), the CREATE project assesses the efficiency of transport policy measures aimed at mitigating urban traffic congestion.

CITYkeys: test our smart city assessment methodology

CITYkeys invites you to test the validity and usefulness of the project's smart city assessment methodology and key performance indicators (KPIs).

EUROCITIES organises first meeting of smart cities finance expert group

The expert group is being set up as part of our work on the EIP SCC action cluster on business models, finance and procurement.

SEiSMiC forum on the new urban economy

The third and final international SEiSMiC event took place on 31 May to 1 June in Brussels.

EUROCITIES at CoR forum on urban agenda

Daniël Termont, mayor of Ghent and EUROCITIES vice president, represented the network on 30 May at the EU Committee of the Regions forum on the urban agenda for the EU in Amsterdam.

Culture for Cities and Regions study visits to Aarhus and Barcelona

Two more study visits under our Culture for Cities and Regions initiative took place in May.

Urban food policy in the spotlight – new EUROCITIES working group

To respond to a growing focus on urban food policy, we have launched a new working group food on the initiative of Milan.

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