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November 2014 

     
 

An 'energising' conference in Munich

We explored the theme 'energising cities - energy intelligent cities of tomorrow' at our annual conference in Munich on 5-8 November. Mayors discussed the contribution cities can make to mitigating climate change and boosting the transition to sustainable energy, and a series of workshops showcased Munich's local actions. Professor Simon Anholt spoke for the first time about the 'good' city, explaining how successful cities need to look outwards and strive to benefit not only their own citizens, but the global population. During a private discussion, politicians considered the contribution cities can make to achieving Europe's 2020 goals and explored ways to maintain the current momentum towards an EU urban agenda.
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Making Europe 2020 a reality with cities

We used the Europe 2020 mid-term review as an opportunity to outline some of the ways in which the EU can better support cities in achieving the strategy's goals. We especially highlight the need for the EU to work in partnership with cities in the design, implementation and evaluation of Europe 2020 in order to improve its impact on the ground. We identify the preparation of the National Reform Programmes and the implementation of Country Specific Recommendations as important areas for stronger city involvement. Our policy paper also explores some of the challenges and opportunities for cities in relation to the Europe 2020 goals.
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Liverpool, Malaga and Vilnius win EUROCITIES awards

Three cities - Liverpool, Malaga and Vilnius - were recognised at this year's EUROCITIES awards, presented in Munich on 5 November. Liverpool won in the cooperation category for its REECH project on improving energy efficiency in social housing and SME premises. Vilnius was recognised in the innovation category for its interactive energy classification map, which allows residents of apartment blocks to compare the energy performance of similar buildings. Malaga was rewarded in the participation category for its energy efficiency refurbishment of a social housing block through the participation of residents. The three winners were selected from a shortlist of nine.
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Oslo, electric vehicle capital of the world

With the transport sector accounting for 60% of emissions in Oslo, encouraging the use of electric vehicles (EVs) has become a central part of the city's strategy for reducing carbon emissions. Oslo now has a range of measures in place to make owning and driving an EV an attractive option. These are complemented by national measures, such as tax incentives. The initiative began with the large-scale introduction of free public charging points, and now includes measures such as free parking, free access to toll roads and bus lanes and the removal of VAT from sales of EVs. The initiative, which was shortlisted for a EUROCITIES 2014 award, features in our latest 'cities in action' case study.
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EU support for cities & social innovation

A new guide developed by the SEiSMiC (Societal Engagement in Science, Mutual Learning in Cities) project explores how the EU is supporting urban development and social innovation. The guide's three sections cover EU institutions in relation to urban issues, EU policies and urban development in Europe, and urban innovation and social innovation in SEiSMiC countries. SEiSMiC is helping tackle some of Europe's main urban problems by engaging citizens, identifying social innovation needs and contributing to future urban policies and research strategies.
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Other News

Joanna Rolland, new EUROCITIES president

Joanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes, has replaced Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, mayor of Warsaw, as EUROCITIES president.
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In dialogue about urban transformation

'In dialogue about urban transformation' is a series of six case studies showing how cities are adapting to the challenges of growth and socio-demographic change.
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Cities sign up to 'Mayors Adapt'

Fourteen EUROCITIES members were among the first signatories of the 'Mayors Adapt' initiative on 16 October.
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Cities contributing to Europe's energy security

Cities presented ways in which they are reducing their energy dependence on Russia at an event in Brussels on 9 October.
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Smart mobility with OPTICITIES

What's the OPTICITIES (Optimise Citizen Mobility and Freight Management in Urban Environments) project all about?
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