March 2017

     
 

Anna Lisa Boni: Cohesion policy or not cohesion policy, this is the question

EU cohesion policy faces an uncertain future, writes our secretary general, but cities need to be ready to defend it.
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European mayors say ‘no’ to rising populism & Euroscepticism

On Tuesday 7 March, EUROCITIES held a ‘Mayors summit on the future of Europe’ in the Committee of the Regions.
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EUROCITIES statement on future of EU cohesion policy

The initial reflections indicate that extremely difficult and complex discussions are ahead on the EU budget post-2020.
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URBAN-EU-CHINA project takes off

Within the framework of the existing cooperation arrangements between the EU and China, a new H2020 project (URBAN-EU-CHINA) with a consortium of 12 European and Chinese partners will soon be launched.
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EP intergroup grants EUROCITIES partner status

EUROCITIES has been granted partner status by the European Parliament’s long-term investment and reindustrialisation intergroup, which focuses on the financing of long-term sustainable investment in the real economy within the EU.
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EUROCITIES and ICLEI to take Urban Water Agenda 2030 forward

EUROCITIES and ICLEI have been selected by the European Commission’s DG Environment to develop a strategic plan for the Urban Water Agenda 2030.
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Malmo and Brussels winners of sustainable mobility awards

Malmo has been announced as winner of the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Award 2016, while Brussels has received the 5th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning in the area of urban freight.
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A politicial board of cities to steer the EU Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy entered a new phase in its history with the launch of the European Covenant of Mayors Board.
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Cities in action: Nice fosters healthcare innovation

Nice is addressing the growing need to provide senior citizens with quality care at home by opening a centre dedicated to innovation in digital health.
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Other News

Environment forum chair addresses Green Growth Summit

The chair of our environment forum, Abdeluheb Choho, deputy mayor of Amsterdam, spoke about the cities ambitions and actions in his contribution to the Green Growth Summit.
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Long-term investments: barriers and opportunities for regions and cities

Together with the European Parliament's intergroups on urban issues and long-term investment and reindustrialisation, EUROCITIES, CEMR and POLIS hosted an event on 8 March on 'long-term investments: barriers and opportunities for regional and local authorities'.
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WG food discusses innovation in urban food production

Our working group on food, bringing together city officials and researchers from across Europe, met in Birmingham on 8-10 February to discuss innovation in urban food production and distribution.
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2018 to be European Year of Cultural Heritage

In early February, the European Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional decision to officially designate 2018 the first European Year of Cultural Heritage.
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Coaching visit to Aquileia in Friuli-Venezia Giulia region

As part of the coaching activities of the EUROCITIES-led Culture for Cities and Regions initiative, a group of five culture coaches, including peers from Lincoln and Lisbon, visited Trieste and Aquileia in mid-February.
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KSF on co-creating smart cities

The next knowledge society forum meeting, to be held in Lyon on 4-6 April, will focus on co-creating smart cities.
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Building a European data economy

Back in January, the European Commission presented its data economy strategy.
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Peer learning visits on e-mobility and building retrofit

The Sharing Cities project is organising a series of peer learning visits to help EUROCITIES members explore the latest developments in the fields of e-mobility and building retrofit.
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Maltese EU presidency conference on urban mobility

On 27-28 April, an urban mobility conference will be co-organised by the Maltese EU Presidency, EUROCITIES, POLIS, UITP, and UNIFE.
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15th CIVITAS FORUM conference

The annual CIVITAS FORUM conference will be held on 27-29 September in Torres Vedras.
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Working group smart social inclusion: Milan’s social entrepreneurship strategy

On 23-24 February, Milan hosted a study visit for members of EUROCITIES working group smart social inclusion.
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