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  • 1. N° 109 EUROCITIES FLASH Sept 2011 an information service for EUROCITIES membersMake it Genoa in 2011 Cities in the running for A EUROCITIES awards s economic uncertainty continues it is timely that The shortlist for this year’s EUROCITIES awards is out! We the EUROCITIES annual received over 50 entries from cities seeking to showcase conference should their projects. The network’s annual competition recognises be addressing a key outstanding achievements by members in delivering local dimension of economic activities which improve the quality of life for citizens. recovery: people. The awards are judged in the context of the theme ofPeople, not buildings, make cities. It is the the EUROCITIES annual conference, which this year willdynamic interconnection between people focus on ‘planning for people’. Cities submit entries in threethat creates enterprise, wealth, innovation. categories: innovation, cooperation and participation. AnYet too often this ‘people’ side of urban independent jury has shortlisted the following projects:regeneration is neglected. Because it iseasier to see the results of our investment Innovation Berlin: ‘Grasping Berlin - shaping Berlin’in physical change we focus more on Nice Cote dAzur: ‘One ticket, one tariff, one territory’‘place’: on infrastructure, architecture and Rotterdam: ‘Do-it-yourself- houses in Rotterdamspace. CooperationBut transforming our cities is not just about Bydgoszcz: ‘The Mill Island - revitalisation with cooperation of various stakeholders’ Dortmund: ‘Phoenix Dortmund - integrating urban redevelopment with an intensebuilding a new urban fabric. Even the most cooperative quality’prosperous and successful cities confront Stockholm: ‘The invest in Järva programme’a wide spectrum of social inequality. Thechallenge for city mayors is constantly to Participationmanage this ‘people’ agenda, promoting Frankfurt am Main – ‘Sustainable and energetic reconstruction of the residential areasocial mobility and cohesion, creating Heinrich-Lübke-Siedlung’opportunity, improving well-being. Lisbon: ‘Todos - caminhada de culturas - everybody - a walk of cultures’ Zaragoza: ‘Esto no es un solar - this is not a plot’The opening address at EUROCITIES 2011Genoa will be given by renowned Genoese Details of the shortlisted projects and the jury members are available on thearchitect-planner, Renzo Piano, who has conference website. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at theworked closely with the city council over Acquario de Genoa on Wednesday, 2 November, during EUROCITIES 2011 Genoa.many years on urban renaissance. Pianowill set the scene for us to explore the EUROCITIES 2011 Genoa: www.eurocities2011.eusocial dimension of urban transformationthrough the testimony of EUROCITIES Nicola Vatthauer, communications director: nicola.vatthauer@eurocities.eumayors in a panel discussion, and throughvisits around the city.The private political session, the Mayors’ Also in this issueDebate, will continue the social theme.Genoa is on a migration frontline. Simplify state aid for local authorities 3Managing these flows is a massivechallenge, for Mediterranean gateways as Local practitioners help shape new EGTC 4well as for northern European destinationcities. The Mayors’ Debate allows for acandid exchange on these difficult issues, New funding for creative industries 5including the role of European Union. Towards a single market for services 6EUROCITIES 2011 Genoa promises highlyrelevant and constructive exchanges.Marking 25 years of EUROCITIES, there will More action on urban environment 7also be some celebration in the mix. Onenot to miss! Open innovation in Eindhoven 8 Smart mobility for smart cities 9 Cities central to promoting healthy habits in old age 10 Modern mobility in a historic city 11 Paul Bevan Secretary general, EUROCITIES Intelligent Cities Expo – member discount! 12
  • 2. highlightsEurope 2020 depends on bigger role for cities in the ESFW e believe that the success of the Europe 2020 strategy, „ involving cities in ESF the EU’s plan for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth monitoring and evaluation; for the next decade, depends upon the full support „ simplifying rules, reducing and involvement of cities in the European Social Fund bureaucracy; and(ESF). EUROCITIES has issued a position paper with clear policyrecommendations on how to ensure cities get better access to ESF „ increasing Europeanfunding programmes to help build an employed, skilled and inclusive Commission engagement withEurope. cities. The paper builds on our European Social Fund statement of April Better integration between theand recommends: ESF and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) would help simplify and coordinate the„ an enhanced role for cities in the ESF; process of cities’ physical, economic and social development. Cities are already making a positive contribution to Europe 2020 and the ESF„ strengthening the ESF’s social dimension; objectives of fighting unemployment, poverty and social exclusion, but„ creating a dedicated instrument for social innovation; much is left to do„ improving ESF and ERDF coordination for territorial cohesion; More information: www.inclusivecities.eu„ promoting transnational cooperation among cities; Silvia Ganzerla, senior policy officer – social affairs: silvia.ganzerla@eurocities.eu Staff news Giulia Campodonico takes on Hajar El Rhouati will replace Susana Forjan will move Alessandra Fiorenza is a new role at EUROCITIES. She Wendy Vermeiren as EUROCITIES within the EUROCITIES projects replacing Mélanie Leroy as leaves her current position as accountant during her maternity team, leaving her current role project officer – mobility programme officer - finance & leave from September to as projects assistant to replace management during her administration for PROGRESS to December 2011. Michele Corbetta as project maternity leave, and will stay become project officer working officer – social affairs from 3 with EUROCITIES until January on the new NiCE (Networking October. 2012. From November 2011, intelligent Cities for Energy Mélanie and Alessandra will Efficiency) project, which began share responsibilities. on 1 September. New look Flash! Open days, open doors You’ll notice some changes to this month’s edition. With much positive ‘City news’ is dedicated to news from you, our members. Every month we Brussels | 12 October 2011 feedback from members on the value of will feature a good practice case study EUROCITIES Flash as an information tool, we have taken and news from member cities like this will host an ‘open the opportunity to give the newsletter a month’s, on Barcelona’s new innovation doors’ afternoon makeover. incubator. We invite you to send us your on Wednesday contributions. 12 October from One of the most striking elements is the 14:00 to 17:00.If new, sleeker appearance and an improved The events page now includes you are in Brussels use of space. The front page gives a taster of what’s inside, and colour-coded squares space to highlight events from for the Open Days 2011, feel free to drop by our office allow for easy navigation between sections. EUROCITIES or partner for a coffee and a chat with the EUROCITIES The ‘key developments’ pages have become ‘highlights’ and will continue to organisations. team of staff. If you want to meet someone specifically, please contact that person in showcase policy developments, events and advance to arrange a time. EUROCITIES news. The ‘projects’ section has We hope you enjoy this and future been incorporated into the other thematic editions. We’d like to hear your feedback! pages, leaving space for a new ‘city news’ page. Nicola Vatthauer, communications director: Rose Montgomery, communications assistant: rose.montgomery@eurocities.eu nicola.vatthauer@eurocities.eu 2 Flash 109 September 2011
  • 3. highlightsSimplify state aid for local authorities, says EUROCITIEST he European Commission will at the end of this year revise the state aid package for public services. This revision is an opportunity to simplify rules for local and regional authorities by keeping administrative, legal and financial burdens to a minimum. This is all the more important given the financial pressures the public sector currently faces and the need for a smarter use of „ „ are simplified and more proportionate to the nature and size of local public services; are more flexible so that local authorities, best placed human resources. to understand the needs of European legislation should support European cities citizens, can choose the most appropriate form of service in their role as promoters of economic and social provision; innovation. „ secure the legal framework needed for the provision of Cities frequently adapt and modernise their services, to help prevent high quality public services. social polarisation and exclusion, and to promote health, well-being, participation and diversity We also suggest that the European Commission should In its statement published at the end of July 2011, EUROCITIES run a training session in all EU recommends that the new state aid rules: languages on how to deal with the new state aid rules. An explanatory ‘toolbox’ aimed at local and regional authorities would also help „ are complementary to public procurement rules; clarify the laws applicable to the various forms of public service provision, ranging from direct provision to public procurementMarie Ranty, policy officer – economic development: marie.ranty@eurocities.eu New information tool for EUROCITIES Calling young city leaders! We have produced a short video introduction to ICLEI (Local EUROCITIES, which can be viewed on our YouTube channel Governments for ‘TheEUROCITIESnetwork’. Sustainability) is launching its The video provides succinct information on who we are and what FutureCityLeaders programme, aimed at council members and we do; feel free use it and share it with anyone you think might be mayors between the age of 18 and 35. The initiative offers a two interested! year capacity-building programme for 21 young politicians, which continues after completion with an alumni network to ensure continuous knowledge sharing. To find out more or to apply, please visit the website below before 30 September 2011. Video: tinyurl.com/43rkfoe Sinead Mullins, communications executive: sinead.mullins@eurocities.eu FutureCityLeaders: www.iclei.org/futurecity Meeting in Brussels? New members and partners join EUROCITIES EUROCITIES offers meeting rooms in an ideal EUROCITIES welcomes the following members and partners to the network: location, a stone’s throw from the European „ Yerevan (AM) as a new associate member; institutions, with special prices for EUROCITES members. „ Almere (NL), Fuenlabrada (ES) and Linkoping (SE) as associated partners in the economic development forum, and GDF Suez as associated business partner in „ capacity up to 75 people the same forum. „ catering services „ Umea (SE), Brest (FR) and Derry (UK) as associated partners in the culture „ interpretation booths forum. „ projection facilities „ Umea and Netwerkstad Twente (NL) as associated partner in the environment forum. „ complimentary WiFi „ The National Association of Designers (RU) as associated partner in the „ special conditions on request mobility forum. „ half day rentals accepted These members are already actively participating in the network, and will be formally approved at the AGM in November. Contact and reservation - Olivier Baeselen, finance, HR and office manager: +32 (0) 2 552 08 82 / Jean-Pierre Ernotte, personal assistant to secretary general & member relations: meetingrooms@eurocities.eu jean-pierre.ernotte@eurocities.eu Flash 109 September 2011 3
  • 4. cooperationLocal practitioners help shape new EGTCA new report published last month has reviewed the to gather knowledge and make European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), amendments suggested by local taking into account the suggestions and experiences of practitioners. Back in January, local practitioners. The next step will be the publication by the EUROCITIES working group the Commission of an amending regulation due in October on governance organised aas part of the cohesion policy package of regulations. seminar on the EGTC, attended by representatives from the First outlined in 2006, the EGTC is a legal instrument for territorial Commission and Committee of thecooperation. The EGTC allows local authorities from different Regions. Members of the workingmember states to join forces under its umbrella, creating a public group, highlighted practicalbody with full legal power. For example, a city, X and a region, Y obstacles to the smooth runningfrom two different member states can come together to form EGTC of an EGTC, such as EGTC employment contracts or the flexibility toXY. This EGTC is a shared public body for which they can employ amend EGTC statutes. These points, amongst others, feature in thestaff, sign contracts in one name, and confront common challenges. latest report from the CommissionOften, cross-border territories will choose to deal with commontransport issues together through an EGTC; using it to create ashared transport network which will meet the needs of citizens oneither side of the border. More information: tinyurl.com/42nkahv and tinyurl.com/3pcye2z A test phase from 2006 to 2011, during which 16 EGTCs were set Soraya Zanardo, policy assistant – coordination & governance:up and a further 21 are in the pipeline, has allowed the Commission soraya.zanardo@eurocities.euAmbitious urban research programme Governance in city branding Lyon | 23-24 September 2011 Austria, Denmark, Finland, France,Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta,the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden,Switzerland and Turkey have joined well as options for addressing futureforces on research into common challenges.urban challenges by establishing a EUROCITIES holds a seat in a newlyJoint Programming Initiative (JPI) - established Urban Europe Forum,Urban Europe. The programme will which is an informal gathering offocus on four themes: relevant stakeholders that will advise„ transforming urban areas to the JPI’s management board on centres of innovation and the programme’s strategic research technology priorities.„ eco-friendly and intelligent urban The two lead partners, Austria transport and logistic systems and the Netherlands, have the clear ambition for the programme to„ social cohesion and integration The next meeting of the EUROCITIES branding become the biggest urban-focused research programme in the EU. Details management and city attractiveness working group,„ reducing the ecological footprint around the future financing of the taking place in Lyon, will focus on governance and enhance climate neutrality initiative remain to be clarified as well and financial factors in city branding and decision- Set up in September 2010, the as its links with related EU funding making processes. Lyon will present its ‘Only Lyon’programme is now moving into its programmes on research, innovation brand as a case study, while other cities will have thepilot implementation phase, running and urban matters. opportunity to share their own schemes during theuntil December 2013. The aim is to workshops. Please register as soon as possible.analyse topics that are relevant forlong-term urban development witha time horizon of 2050+, identifyurban needs and opportunities asMore information: www.jpi-urbaneurope.euDorthe Nielsen, policy advisor: dorthe.nielsen@eurocities.eu Per Justesen, city of Lyon, pjustesen@grandlyon.org 4 Flash 109 September 2011
  • 5. cultureSave the date! Next culture forum meeting in AntwerpAntwerp | 26-28 OctoberT he upcoming meeting of the culture will therefore include a session forum will focus on ‘heritage, urban specifically dedicated to urban culture and democracy in Europe’. youth culture and an evening How do we see our past and how programme will be organised atdo cities deal with their cultural heritage? the MAS.Is urban culture a form of cultural identity?These are some of the questions we will tackle A special gathering forat the next meeting, during which we will politicians is also scheduled, hostedtake a closer look at how local heritage and by politicians from Antwerp inurban cultural policies can contribute more to charge of culture and youth. It willlocal democracy. focus on the role of city museums and the European Youth Capital 2011 is a very special year for the city schemeof Antwerp. The new city museum, MAS -Museum Aan de Stroom, opened in May.Furthermore. This year Antwerp also holds the Registration: cultureforumantwerp.eventbrite.comtitle of European Youth Capital. Our forum Julie Hervé, policy officer – culture: julie.herve@eurocities.eu Save the date! Next New funding for creative industries to support Europe 2020 creative industries In its budget proposal for 2014- 2020, presented in early July, the working group in European Commission indicated a Rotterdam significant increase in EU investment for education, youth and creativity, Rotterdam | 24-25 November including measures to support creative industries as a means to boost job The meeting will focus on cross- opportunities. sectoral innovation led by creative industries. Inspiring examples from The Commission proposes that the Rotterdam-based companies will be EU budget will support education presented and partner organisations and cultural policy through two main from the Netherlands, knowledge instruments: institutes and creative companies from Rotterdam will join our members for „ Education Europe, a programme for education, training and youth, with a sub- the meeting. programme for sport „ Creative Europe - a programme for culture and the audiovisual industry The meeting will take place at the Creative Factory, a former silo Creative Europe will bring together the current Culture, MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus stretching along one of the city’s programmes in order to focus support on the achievement of the Europe 2020 goals. canals, which was turned into a hub for creative businesses in 2008. Creative Europe will help unlock the job creation potential of The draft agenda and all practical the cultural and creative sectors. information will be available later in The Commission is proposing to earmark a budget of €1.6 billion (+37% compared to September. the 2007-2013 budget for the three currently existing programmes). The Creative Europe programme aims to help preserve cultural heritage and increase the circulation of creative work inside and outside the EU. Its focus will be supporting organisations and enterprises that operate across borders and play a role in the promotion of Europe’s cultural and linguistic diversity. The Culture and MEDIA strands of the Creative Europe programme will be complemented by an innovative financial instrument, run by the European Investment Bank, to provide debt and equity finance for cultural and creative industries. This will address one of the key barriers to the development of cultural and creative content, access to finance, and should help the cultural and creative industries benefit from more EU funding. A more detailed proposal will be presented in the autumn. Julie Hervé, policy officer – culture: julie.herve@eurocities.eu Julie Hervé, policy officer – culture: julie.herve@eurocities.euFlash 109 September 2011 5
  • 6. economic developmentInstruments for future territorial development in EuropeWarsaw | 24-26 October 2011T he next EDF meeting on ‘effective instruments for territorial development in urban functional areas’ takes place in Warsaw from 24 to 26 October. The timing fits neatly with the expected release of thecohesion policy regulations and it will take place alongside a high-level conference hosted by the Polish presidency. Debates will focus onfinancial and non-financial instruments for territorial development andwill feed into the current discussion on the future cohesion policy. Forum members will have the opportunity to attend the first dayof the conference, on ‘urban areas as engines of growth’. The forumprogramme will then continue with working group meetings and a the mayor of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, vice – president ofstudy visit on ‘Warsaw image building and marketing’ as well as a EUROCITIESmeeting to discuss the forum’s priorities and working groups. Vice-Mayor of Poznan, Tomasz Kayser, and Liverpool councillor, Nick Polish presidency conference: tinyurl.com/3s7wpokSmall, chair and vice-chair of the EDF, will host a politicians’ debate Soraya Zanardo, policy assistant – coordination & governance:on ‘European cities building the economic recovery’, together with soraya.zanardo@eurocities.euTowards a single market for services All aboard in Lyon: CLUSNET final conference The services directive adopted at the end of 2006 aimed to remove obstaclesto the trade of services within the single market. Today, one year after the Lyon | 13-14 Octoberimplementation deadline, the Commission and member states have completedan assessment of how the directive has been implemented on the ground. The A barge onresults of this mutual evaluation exercise, finalised in January 2011, concluded the Rhône riverthat while some progress has been made, the single market for services is not will be theyet delivering to its full potential. unconventional setting for the While services currently represent two-thirds of the EUs GDP and CLUSNET finalemployment, they only account for around one-fifth of total intra-EU trade. conference on 13 – 14 Today, only about 8% of European SMEs do business October. in other member states. CLUSNET is an INTERREG The European Commission believes that additional measures are needed to IVC funded project that brings together major cities,unlock potential for growth and that an integrated single market for services EUROCITIES and Stockholm School of Economics towould help businesses grow, innovate and create more jobs, and also provide analyse and improve cluster support policies. This two-better and more competitive services to EU consumers and businesses alike. day meeting will showcase the project’s findings on how to improve cluster performance in Europe. Service providers are currently affected by a multitude of national andEU rules. For example, an architect based in Belgium who works for clients The conference, moderated by the renowned urbanistin the Netherlands may be subject to: the services directive; the directive Greg Clark, will give an opportunity to representativeson the recognition of professional qualifications; the directive on electronic from clusters across Europe to network and sharecommerce; and other existing EU rules governing business-to-business and/ expertise over a series of thematic workshops. Nikosor business-to-consumer transactions. For the single market to deliver Pantalos from the European Commission’s DG Enterprisetangible benefits, it is essential that these rules are implemented and applied and Industry will present the EU policy dimension ofconsistently, and that they facilitate the trade in services. clusters and city leaders will join for an exchange of experiences and best practice. On the second day, A ‘performance check’ has been launched to assess how the services directive participants will be able to visit some of Lyon’s clusters.and other instruments work in practice. This exercise will allow the EuropeanCommission to determine whether the interaction of the EU legislation This event will examine the outcomes of ten city studyaround services is satisfactory or whether greater clarity or new measures are visits to Barcelona, Budapest, Dortmund, Eindhoven,needed. The objective is to propose concrete solutions to problems identified Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leipzig, Lyon, Manchester andbefore the end of 2012, and the European Commission welcomes input Munich, that have taken place since the project beganfrom stakeholders on these performance checks by 15 October 2011. The in January 2009.EUROCITIES working group on services of general interest will discuss these atthe next meeting on 22 September 2011. CLUSNET: www.clusnet.euMarie Ranty, policy officer - economic development: marie.ranty@eurocities.eu Susana Forjan, projects assistant: susana.forjan@eurocities.eu 6 Flash 109 September 2011
  • 7. environmentCommission calls for more action on urban environmentT he European Commission has pointed out that much remains to The Commission asks for more and better policy development at EU be done to improve the environment in cities. level to address the urban environment, not least since nearly 75% of the EU population lives in cities. Changing consumer behaviour should In its assessment of the 6th Environment Action Programme be a priority. (6th EAP), the Commission finds that the programmesignificantly contributed to promoting additional measures, in In the other policy areas of the 6th EAP - air, pesticides, wasteparticular under the thematic strategy on the urban environment. prevention and recycling, natural resources, soil, and marine environment - the plan has also helped address key issues, even However, a number of concerns remain. For instance, high levels though progress differed depending on the thematic areasof particulate matter and ozone in many urban areas still cause early highlighted in the programme. The Commission has yet to confirmdeaths and respiratory diseases. whether there will be a successor to the 6th EAP after 2012 40% of the EU’s population living in urban Commission assessment of the 6th EAP: tinyurl.com/3jzopga areas is still subject to levels of noise exceeding the threshold recommended by the WHO. Michael Klinkenberg, policy officer – environment: michael.klinkenberg@eurocities.eu‘Partnerships’ at the September environment forum Open Days, Covenant of Mayors Helsinki | 28-30 September 2011 discussion groups The cities of Helsinki, Espoo Brussels | 12 October 2011and Vantaa will welcome theEUROCITIES Environment Forum The Covenant of Mayorson 28 – 30 September. “We Office will host a series ofhave chosen ‘partnerships’ as discussion groups on 12the meeting theme because we October in the frameworkfeel that it is one of the most of the Open Days 2011important factors in the field The Covenant of Mayorsof environmental issues”, says discussion groups willHelsinki’s Deputy Mayor Pekka allow local and regionalSauri. authorities to: “We need cities, businesses and universities „ exchange experiences with European Commission, Covenant representatives and peers on access to and as partners in order to implementation of local/regional/national/European fight climate change.” financial instruments and funding mechanisms available for energy efficiency related projects; The host city will share „ meet managers of existing European funding Matti Terripartnership projects with programmesthe forum, including its new Climate Info Centre and the SME projectEcoCompass. „ draw on experiences of existing funding schemes and suggest how future EU and national funding Participants will then have the chance to exchange experiences on how could be shaped to encourage local and regionalto forge successful partnerships with other cities, businesses, universities authorities in their efforts to go beyond the EUand citizens. Working groups and the forum will also address ‘green energy and climate objectives.growth’, a concept that benefits from successful partnerships. This event is primarily open to Covenant signatories, coordinators and supporters. Other organisations and Also on the agenda are the environment and climate elements of people interested in attending can participate subjectthe proposed future multi-annual financial framework of the EU, the to availability of seats, after prior confirmation from theenvironment forum strategy and priorities for 2012, and further current EU Covenant of Mayors Office.environmental policy developments.Michael Klinkenberg, policy officer – environment: michael.klinkenberg@eurocities.eu Event information: tinyurl.com/3jf6xn9 Contact: events@eumayors.euFlash 109 September 2011 7
  • 8. knowledge society Open innovation in Eindhoven Eindhoven | 20-21 October 2011 M „ This year’s EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum autumn event will be hosted by the city of Eindhoven on 20 - 21 October and will focus on two main themes: Open innovation in an intelligent community: participants will take part in an ‘open innovation cruise’ through local companies while the open innovation cruise and Horizon 2020 thematic conference take place on the following day and research institutes. „ Horizon 2020: the new EU funding framework for research and innovation due to start in 2014. Discussion on the current barriers and challenges cities face when implementing research & innovation programmes and what must change in future. „ Matchmaking activities around the FP7-REGIONS-2012 call. More information and registration: brainporteindhovenregion.eventbrite.com/ KSF working groups (open data, Smart Cities, eInclusion & services Jan Franke, policy officer – knowledge society: directive) and the members’ meetings will be held on the first day, jan.franke@eurocities.eu Funding opportunity: ICT for energy-positive neighbourhoods As part of the 8th FP7 call for proposals, the Commission has launched an objective on ‘ICT for energy-positive neighbourhoods’ (EEB- ICT-2011-6.5). With an indicative budget of €30 million, the objective will support projects that demonstrate a real potential to contribute to the European energy-efficient buildings initiative by developing management, control and decision-support systems addressing the dynamics and demand of energy supply in urban and rural communities. For more information, consult the presentations in the knowledge society section of the EUROCITIES members’ area. Jan Franke, policy officer - knowledge society: jan.franke@eurocities.eu EUROCITIES recommendations on public NiCE project launched in Brussels funding for broadband infrastructure EUROCITIES is taking the lead in In response to a stakeholder consultation on the European the NiCE (Networking intelligent Commissions revision of EU rules on the public financing of cities for energy efficiency) project, broadband infrastructure, we submitted our existing position on launched on 13 September. The state aid guidelines from 2009. The Commission will present new project will promote the Green guidelines in 2012. Our position: Digital Charter (GDC) and support cities in implementing its goals. „ provides for a wider and more consistent definition of Next Generation Access (NGA) networks, which should also include At the event, EUROCITIES members were informed of the Fibre to the Home (FttH) to existing homes and buildings; project’s support and capacity-building activities. NiCE will offer free training sessions, study tours and the opportunity for cities „ emphasises the impact that NGA deployment can have on the to showcase their Green ICT activities by participating in GDC more general public objectives of social cohesion and economic roadshows or events linked with the Covenant of Mayors. Cities development; will also benefit from the tools NiCE will develop to support „ states that there is a risk of a new digital divide, particularly in implementation and reporting of GDC commitments. deprived urban areas and acknowledges the fact that the main barriers to NGA deployment are the increasingly high initial Members discussed their expectations of the project, which investment costs. will be fed back to the NiCE partners. The event concluded with presentations from the cities of Malmo, Bristol and Nuremberg, The position paper can be found on the EUROCITIES website. sharing their own experiences of implementing the GDC commitments to date. If your city is interested in signing the charter or learning more about the project, please contact NiCE project coordinator, Giulia Campodonico.EUROCITIES comments on draft Broadband state aid guidelines:www.eurocities.eu (knowledge society – documents) Giulia Campodonico, project officer – knowledge society:Jan Franke, policy officer – knowledge society: jan.franke@eurocities.eu giulia.campodonico@eurocities.eu 8 Flash 109 September 2011
  • 9. mobilitySmart mobility for smart citiesMannheim | 6-7 October 2011T he city of Mannheim will host the next EUROCITIES Mobility Forum meeting on 6-7 October to discuss the theme ‘smart mobility for smart cities’. Participants will also find out about The Smart Cities and Communities initiative, launched the latest EU funding opportunities viaby the European Commission in June this year aims to boost the a European projects update, including adevelopment of integrated sustainable solutions that offer clean, workshop on the SEGMENT project.secure and affordable energy to citizens, reducing consumption and More information, including the draft agenda of the event, can becreating new markets. Smart mobility (green, intelligent, and safe found in the members’ area on the EUROCITIES websitemobility) plays a major role in achieving these goals, for exampleby developing a new mobility culture that involves a shift to moresustainable modes of transport. The meeting will present the initiative, which offers a valuablefinancing and co-financing source for energy-efficient projects inEuropean cities. Cities will be asked to present their vision of a ‘smart More information: www.eurocities.eucity’ and of ‘smart mobility’. Four working groups will meet, and sitevisits in Mannheim will take place. Vanessa Holve, policy officer - mobility: vanessa.holve@eurocities.eu SEGMENT project workshop in Mannheim Mannheim | 7 October 2011 A workshop organised by the SEGMENT project takes place during the mobility forum in Mannheim on 7 October from 14:00 to 16:00. SEGMENT is a three-year project which looks at using market segmentation to encourage citizens to adopt more energy-efficient forms of transport. The workshop will present the results of the project and promote exchange of ideas between participants. For more information on the project, please visit the website. SEGMENT: www.segmentproject.eu Susana Forjan, project assistant: susana.forjan@eurocities.euRegister now for the CIVITAS forum conference A step closer to cleaner transportFunchal | 17-19 October The Commission is planning to launch the Clean Transport Systems (CTS)As partner of the CIVITAS initiative at the end of 2011. This shouldVANGUARD project, help put an end to oil dependency inEUROCITIES is responsible transport in the longer term. Underfor supporting and the CTS initiative, the Commission ispromoting the preparing to launch, in the first quarterannual CIVITAS forum of 2012, a communication on alternative transport fuels.conferences, which bring The strategy should provide the industry, public sector andtogether representatives consumers with a clear and coherent vision. Furthermore, itfrom CIVITAS forum should help to accelerate the use of alternative transport fuelsnetwork member cities in the EU.including politicians andtechnical experts. Together with the communication, the Commission is also considering putting forward a legislative proposal onThis year’s conference will focus on ‘recipes for success: realising alternative fuel infrastructure requirements. This proposalsustainable urban mobility together’. Cities from the Maderan could be very important for cities when it comes to thearchipelago, bridging Africa, Europe and Latin America, will share deployment of electric vehicles and the related chargingtheir experiences of local and transnational programmes which have systems.succeeded in making urban mobility sustainable. Participants will havethe opportunity to discuss their own success stories in parallel sessions. A public consultation has been launched which will help to shape the above-mentioned proposals. The consultation,Participants will leave the event with a ‘menu of good practice’ or which closes on 6 October, can be found in electronic formtoolbox of proven measures and ideas; recipes for success that cities through the interactive policy-making tool. The results will bemay use and adapt as a basis to working with champion cities to achieve summarised and published on the Commissions website.the common goal of sustainable urban mobility. Commission consultation: tinyurl.com/6j4539tMore information: www.civitas-initiative.org/cms_forum11.phtml More information on the CITS initiative: tinyurl.com/3dnpkohPeter Staelens, project officer - mobility: peter.staelens@eurocities.eu Vanessa Holve, policy officer - mobility: vanessa.holve@eurocities.euFlash 109 September 2011 9
  • 10. social affairsEUROCITIES calls for city role in Roma inclusionE UROCITIES’ recently published to eliminate discrimination as a driver of statement on Roma demands a real migration of Roma within Europe. involvement for cities in the new EU framework for Roma inclusion. A conference organised by the city of European heads of state adopted this Budapest, EUROCITIES and the Committee ofEuropean framework before the summer and the Regions on 31 May, under the Hungarianagreed to submit national action plans to the Presidency, sent a similar message toEuropean Commission by the end of 2011. European and national policy makers. DaniëlThese plans should demonstrate how member Termont, Mayor of Ghent, stressed thatstates envisage closing the gaps betweenRoma and the rest of their population in "Cities in Western Europe doeducation, employment, health and housing. not feel sufficiently supported Our statement underlines that the targets by national governments and theof the national Roma integration strategies European Union when dealingcannot be met without involving cities – with the issues of housing, socialbeginning with the situation analysis throughto the design of national strategies and action cohesion and exploitative labour Foundation Centres initiative Foundationsplans. created by the uncontrolled for Roma Inclusion. Participants will also Cities efforts to achieve equal migration of Roma.” examine Berlins new contact point for Eastern European workers and Romaopportunities, social inclusion and minority Under the leadership of Ghent, therights are compromised by limited access EUROCITIES taskforce on Roma inclusion willto structural funds in many countries. Our monitor how national governments involvestatement reiterates the position taken up cities in their action plans. The taskforce willin our cohesion policy work: cities need also hold a peer review on Roma mediatorbetter access to structural funds if they are schemes in education on 24-26 October EUROCITIES statement on Roma integration:to effectively tackle social exclusion. Our in Berlin. It will include city practitioners, www.eurocities.eu (social affairs – documents)statement also calls for the implementation Roma stakeholders from EU and local level, Dirk Gebhardt, programme officer social affairs:of the EU anti-discrimination directives and representatives from the European dirk.gebhardt@eurocities.eu Cities for Active Inclusion (EUROCITIES- Cities central to promoting NLAO) autumn workshops healthy habits in old age As part of Cities for Active The workshops will bring Inclusion (EUROCITIES-NLAO), together stakeholders and eight major European cities will practitioners to discuss the latest host national workshops between EU developments on active September and October. The inclusion policies. Successful local events will focus on the active practices to support the active inclusion of young people, inclusion of young people will be presenting cities’ main research presented, focussing particularly findings and promoting the on integrating young people into exchange of knowledge between the labour market. 2012 has been named European Year for Active Ageing and national stakeholders. The Members are invited to register Intergenerational Solidarity. At Preparing for the European workshops will take place on the for the workshops by contacting Year of Active Ageing, an event in Brussels on 5 July 2011, following dates: the city representatives which can Ralf Jacobs from the European’s Commission’s department for „ Copenhagen: 26 September be found using the link below. employment, social affairs and inclusion spoke about the vital role cities will play in its success, and referred to the need for „ Stockholm: 27 September regional and local authorities to be involved. „ Lille Metropole-Roubaix: 29 The cost of healthcare and pensions associated with the September ageing population puts a significant strain on public finances, „ Krakow: 30 September and the Commission wants to use the year to highlight the potential of older people. The Commission will be contacting „ Rotterdam: 5 October regional authorities for their commitments to achieving this „ Birmingham: 5 October goal. For more information on the programme, visit the official website below. „ Brno: 6 October „ Bologna: 13 October European Year for Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity: tinyurl.com/6gkrtw9 Registration and further information: tinyurl.com/3th7hyg Caroline Greene, communications officer – social affairs: caroline.greene@eurocities.eu 10 Flash 109 September 2011
  • 11. city newsModern mobility in a historic cityT he city of Bordeaux has managed to retain its historic charm course, cars can still access the city, but with underground car parks and beauty whilst operating a state-of-the-art public transport hidden from view and air quality in the centre now better than the network. suburbs, they do so with minimum impact. Our latest best practice case study looks at the city’s Ironically, Bordeaux’s first tram system, dating back to 1880, wasinnovative tram system, serving a population of over one million, abandoned in 1958 on the basis that it hindered traffic flow in the city.and thousands of tourists every year. The most striking feature of Today’s passengers, however, are far more welcoming.Bordeaux’s trams is the lack of overhead wires; in the historic citycentre the trams run on ground-level power so as not to detract fromthe magnificent architecture. “The tram definitely changed my way of moving around the city. I save much more time than if I used my car! Not only is the tram beautiful, but it also gives you the chance to rediscover the city." Today, the system represents on average 100 million trips per year, and around 63% of journeys made on the public transport network are by tram. The current network covers 44km but extensions are scheduled in the coming years. Passengers benefit from smart technology enabling coordinated interchanges between bus, tram and rail, platform-height floors and air-conditioning, making travelling by public transport more comfortable and convenient. Case study on Bordeaux’s trams: www.eurocities.eu (good practice) Furthermore, the reintroduction of the trams by mayor Alain Juppé Rose Montgomery, communications assistant:in 1997 has gradually created new focal points around the tram stops, rose.montgomery@eurocities.euand has allowed many of the city’s traditional squares to become areasof calm, with the city centre becoming predominantly pedestrian. Of Barcelonas latest innovation incubator is open for business! Almogàvers business factory is a centre for The incubation spaces are proving to be newly-created businesses launched by the city excellent sources of talent attraction: 18% of of Barcelona together with local universities, workers in companies located at Almogàvers research centres, professional associations business factory come from outside Spain. and venture capital funds that are committed to innovation and entrepreneurship. Almogàvers business factory becomes the third municipal incubation environment in New businesses continue to join this public- the city of Barcelona. Over 110 companies private partnership and are given incubation are located in Barcelona Activa’s incubation space within the centre. This amenity will spaces generating an annual turnover of support companies with high innovative more than €50 million, creating 650 jobs potential and foster the creation of new jobs, and raising about €44 million in funding. both central to economic recovery. One in three new projects installed in the Glòries business incubator does business The new incubator, which is located at the internationally, while this figure rises to heart of 22@, Barcelona’s innovation district, 50% for tech companies established at the was launched on 1 June with 12 companies Barcelona North Technology Park. employing a total of 33 people. The average turnover of these companies stands at €1.3 million and is set to reach €5.1 million. Marc Sans, institutional cooperation officer, Barcelona Activa: marc.sans@barcelonactiva.cat Barcelona Activa: www.barcelonactiva.catFlash 109 September 2011 11
  • 12. events Public sector reform London 29 September 2011 Opening up services www.publicserviceevents.co.uk OPEN DAYS 2011 Brussels & Europe-wide 10-13 October 2011 Regions & cities for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth www.opendays.europa.eu Future cities: Stockholm 18-19 October 2011 creating tomorrow’s urban world Economist conference http://cemea.economistconferences.com The urban dimension of regional policy Brussels 19 October 2011 post-2013 Implementing the EU 2020 strategy with European cities info@hanse-office.de Smart cities 2011 global conference Amsterdam 29-30 November 2011 Intelligent infrastructures for the information age www.smartcitiesglobal.com More events at: www.eurocities.eu EUROCITIES Flash is published Publisher EUROCITIES by EUROCITIES Brussels office. Paul Bevan, Secretary General 1 Square de Meeûs © EUROCITIES 2011 Editor 1000 Brussels Rose Montgomery Tel: +32 2 552 0888 Fax: +32 2 552 0889 Please send any contributions and Layout e-mail: info@eurocities.eu comments to: flash@eurocities.eu Rob Harris Productions www.eurocities.euFlash 109 September 2011 12