September 2013


Integrating Cities VIImage description

One of the largest debates on migrant integration in Europe took place on 9-10 September 2013 in Tampere, Finland. Some 160 participants from 40 different cities gathered for our sixth Integrating Cities conference, an opportunity to share ideas on building successful integration policies. European commissioner for home affairs, Cecilia Malmström, sent a message of support to conference participants, and three further cities signed up to our Integrating Cities Charter during the event.

Popular culture Image description

Secretary general Paul Bevan explains why culture is so important for cities. Culture is a fundamental part of what makes our cities appealing places to live and to visit, and attracts tourists and a talented workforce. It is also essential for cities’ economic development, with the creative industries providing jobs and wealth. Our new research on cultural mobility reveals the increasing importance cities are placing on the arts and how they are supporting artists to travel and work across Europe. This exchange helps build mutual understanding, enrich our cities’ cultural offers and broaden citizens’ perspectives.

Investing in an inclusive society Image description

‘Cities for Active Inclusion: investing in an inclusive society’ distils the main findings of our five year Cities for Active Inclusion (CfAI) partnership. The results make clear the role that local authorities can play in empowering citizens to become active members of society. It also outlines the comprehensive strategies that cities employ when it comes to active inclusion. Based on our research, we offer recommendations for EU and national authorities to support the successful implementation of the Social Investment Package (SIP). The report, along with our latest research, will be presented at the CfAI final event in Brussels on 25 September 2013.

Reducing the cost of broadband rollout Image description

We stress the need to protect critical city infrastructure in our response to the European Commission proposal for reducing the cost of deploying high speed broadband. The proposal envisages a potential 30% cut through infrastructure sharing and reducing civil engineering costs. While we recognise the potential benefits of infrastructure sharing, we would like to ensure that cities that already have successful networks in place or existing approaches to coordinating civil works will not be unnecessarily burdened by the new proposals.

Local practices for active inclusion Image description

The latest research from our Cities for Active Inclusion explores how cities design and implement active inclusion strategies. It looks at programmes in Rotterdam, Bologna, Lille, Copenhagen, Brno, Stockholm, Birmingham, Sofia and Barcelona designed to support people affected by multiple disadvantages. The good practices demonstrate how local authorities are equipped with the understanding of local needs and contexts and therefore best placed to design effective active inclusion strategies.

Connecting SMEs and big business in Gijon Image description

As part of our ‘Cities in action’ case studies series we look at Gijon’s ‘platforms for business development’. As one of the city’s measures to stimulate the local economy, the platforms build partnerships between SMEs and larger ‘driver’ companies who together develop a technological project. The idea is to pool expertise, and the partnerships give SMEs the chance to tap into new markets and gain funding that would otherwise be difficult to secure. The city offers grants of up to €108,000 and so far 54 projects have been carried out with 160 participating organisations.

Exhibition to showcase ‘cities in action’ Image description

As part of the OPEN DAYS EUrban Solutions route, we’re hosting an exhibition, ‘Cities in action’ on 8 October 2013. Focusing on sustainable urban development, the exhibition will showcase a selection of good practices from our member cities. Taking a broad interpretation of the theme, our examples will range from cultural initiatives to economic regeneration plans.


Other News

Climate workshadowing in Nantes

A colleague from Venice visited Nantes for a CASCADE workshadowing visit to learn how the city is implementing its Sustainable Energy Action Plan.

Burgas, a transport pioneer

A new Covenant of Mayors video case study focuses on Bulgarian city Burgas’ transport developments.

What is the Green Digital Charter?

We are developing a series of infographics and videos to better present our Green Digital Charter.

Fifty cities join TIDE Circle of Innovative Cities

A further 50 cities have joined transport innovation project TIDE for a series of training and exchange events.

Sustainable urban mobility planning in Terrasa

Cities from our CASCADE project met in Terrasa, Spain for two peer learning visits on sustainable urban mobility planning.

New videos on migrant integration in cities

Our ImpleMentoring project has produced a series of five videos exploring how cities are targeting different aspects of migrant integration.

Meeting rooms in Brussels?

EUROCITIES offers fully-equipped meeting rooms in the heart of the EU quarter. We offer rooms with a capacity of up to 75 people, with catering services, internet, projection and interpretation facilities also available.
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