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October 2014 


EUROCITIES 2014 Munich around the corner!

There are just three weeks to go until our annual conference in Munich on 5-8 November. Our keynote speaker Simon Anholt will speak for the first time about what makes a 'good' city, and how cities can become 'good'. Mayors from major European cities will discuss the important contribution urban areas can make to fighting climate change and boosting the transition to sustainable energy. We're looking forward to a programme of interactive workshops, speednetworking and the EUROCITIES awards. Join us in Munich!


An EU urban agenda: how to make it work

Our vice president, Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes, called for an EU urban agenda that empowers cities to drive smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for Europe at a debate on 1 October in Rome. Organised by the Italian EU presidency together with the mayor of Rome, the event was a chance to look at the initial results of the Commission's consultation on an urban agenda and explore how to maintain the strong urban momentum into the next Commission.


Cities and the social targets of Europe 2020

Since the launch of the Europe 2020 strategy in 2010, cities have been experiencing a number of challenges related to the social targets, such as increased poverty and youth unemployment. Our new policy paper explores some of the problems cities have in reaching these targets and we call for better involvement of cities in the strategy and more EU and national commitment to empower cities in their work on poverty, employment and early school leaving.


TTIP and quality local public services

The ongoing negotiations between the EU on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are closely connected to issues affecting local authorities, such as public services and procurement. In our recent statement, we stress that cities place a high value on the quality of their public services, and the TTIP must not lead to a weakening of EU standards. We also point out that local governments must maintain the freedom to provide, organise and finance local public services in the way that is most appropriate for their populations.


Other News

EUROCITIES partners Urban Future Global Conference

We are partners in the Urban Future Global Conference on sustainable development on 18-19 November in Graz, Austria.

TIDE handbooks on innovative transport measures

The TIDE project has prepared two new handbooks on innovative transport measures.

Discovering integrated childcare services in Nantes

Ten cities and European Commission representatives visited Nantes in September to explore its integrated childcare services.

Prague becomes 43rd Green Digital Charter signatory

Prague is the 43rd city to sign our Green Digital Charter, committing it to work with other cities to use ICTs to meet the EU climate change objectives.


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