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  • 1. EUROCITIES Flash An information service for EUROCITIES members N° 103 February 2011editorial highlightsCelebrating cities! Delivering the EU’s ‘ambitious urban agenda’ E ver since the Mayor of Rotterdam invited The European Commission’s promise of an ‘ambitious urban other European city agenda’ has the potential to radically reinvent EU cohesion policy, leaders to discuss but only if it taps into the full capacities of cities and metropolitan innovative research areas. This was the main message delivered by EUROCITIES to over on the contribution 800 participants at the Fifth Cohesion Forum 2011, which kicked of cities to economic recovery, off on 31 January in Brussels.the strategic importance of cities in aprosperous and cohesive Europe hasbeen increasingly acknowledged. see p. 2 In that 1986 Rotterdam conferencelie the origins of EUROCITIES.By the time Barcelona hosted asecond conference in 1989, the coregroup also included Birmingham, CASCADE: new project on local energy leadershipFrankfurt, Lyon and Milan. Drivenby a shared political commitment to EUROCITIES has been awarded funding to coordinate a newinternationalisation, these cities used project consortium under the European Commission Intelligenttheir collective resources to engage Energy Europe Programme. Starting in spring 2011, the three-the European Commission. year CASCADE - Cities Exchanging on Local Energy Leadership The 1990s saw the creation of the project - will aim to boost the implementation and deliveryEUROCITIES secretariat in Brussels. of local sustainable energy policies by means of transnationalThe Commission introduced urban capacity-building activities and the transfer of good practicespilot projects, then RECITE (Regions between local authorities.and Cities for Europe), and later see p. 11URBAN. Cities were now firmly in thegame. As the main platform influencingEU policy on behalf of cities, weengage right across the policy Hungary and EUROCITIES put Roma high up the agendaspectrum, from culture to climate,from innovation to inclusion. January 2011 saw the presidency of the European Union passAnd as the network has grown,the opportunities for exchange to Hungary. In the social affairs field, the Hungarian presidencyand peer learning have increased plans to prioritise combating child poverty and the social andexponentially; indeed the challenge economic integration of the Roma people, a priority whichhas often been in organising and has also come more to the fore in EUROCITIES with the recentchannelling these in the most establishment of our taskforce on Roma inclusion.effective way. We need, though, constantly see p. 9to maintain our visibility andpolitical pressure. For example the‘mainstreaming’ of urban fundingfrom 2006 has disappointed: cities areexcluded from the programming andsometimes also from the benefits ofEU structural funds. thematic sections other sections Now, 25 years on, we have a newchance. As the debate begins onthe next EU budget and cohesion Culture p. 4 Key Developments p. 2policy after 2013, we are oncemore vigorously pressing our case. Economic Development p. 5 Projects p. 11And the commission is listening,promising an ‘ambitious urban Environment p. 6 Events p. 12agenda’. Our challenge is to ensurethat commitment remains fully intact Knowledge Society p. 7while competing interests lobby andnational governments negotiate the Mobility p. 8final outcome. www.eurocities.eu Social Affairs p. 9 Paul Bevan Secretary General, EUROCITIES Participation & Cooperation p. 10
  • 2. Key developments Delivering the EU’s ‘ambitious urban agenda’ T he European Commission’s promise of an ‘ambitious urban agenda’ has the potential to radically reinvent EU cohesion policy, but only if it taps into the full capacities of cities and metropolitan areas. This was the main message delivered by EUROCITIES to over 800 participants at the Fifth Cohesion Forum 2011, which kicked off on 31 January in Brussels. In her remarks, Hanna Gronkiewicz- Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw and vice-president of EUROCITIES (pictured left), said: “The EU’s 2020 vision for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth will be impossible without smart, sustainable and inclusive cities. If Europe wants to be competitive, it must invest in its cities so that they can perform economically, socially and environmentally. Cohesion policy is central to making that happen.” Today, cities account for 75% of the EU’s population, 80% of energy use and 85% of Europe’s GDP. Yet currently, only 10% of 1. Compulsory urban earmarking in mainstream EU regional funding is dedicated to urban issues. Commenting programmes on this imbalance, EUROCITIES secretary general Paul Bevan 2. A development and investment policy for the whole EU (pictured right) said: 3. Involving cities at every stage of the process “In today’s economic climate, we need to do more with less. By channelling our efforts towards cities - the EU’s centres of human 4. Thematic priorities managed through functional area capital, skills, creativity, enterprise and innovation - we stand a partnerships better chance of making our money go further.” 5. Improved financial instruments for cities, not only EUROCITIES’ view on what is needed to deliver an ‘ambitious managing authorities urban agenda’ is: As outlined in our response to the commission’s fifth cohesion report, EUROCITIES’ main message is, and remains, “more urban, more impact” EUROCITIES response to the fifth cohesion report: http://tinyurl.com/eurocities5thcohesionreport Núria Tello Clusella, EUROCITIES policy officer – cohesion policy and EU budget: nuriatello.clusella@eurocities.eu Frank talk on cohesion policy On 28 January, EUROCITIES president Frank Jensen, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen (left), met with EU commissioner responsible for regional policy, Johannes Hahn (right), in Copenhagen for an exchange of ideas on the future cohesion policy. There was a clear focus on the key role that cities should play in the design and implementation of future cohesion policy. On behalf of EUROCITIES, Lord Mayor Jensen emphasised the importance of ensuring that the commitment of an ‘ambitious urban agenda’ as outlined by the commission remains intact when member states decide on the final outcome. The mayor also took the opportunity to inform commissioner Hahn of the new EUROCITIES task force on the EU Budget, which is chaired by Copenhagen. Partnerships between cities, private companies and knowledge institutions towards the achievement of the Europe 2020 goals, were also discussed. Finally, commissioner Hahn welcomed the will showed by Copenhagen and EUROCITIES to work closely together during the Danish Presidency of the EU expected for January 2012. Vanda Knowles, EUROCITIES policy director: vanda.knowles@eurocities.euFlash 103 February 2011 2
  • 3. Key developments Events EUROCITIES work programme 2011 C ohesion policy and the EU budget will straddle many of our activities throughout 2011 and reflecting the Europe 2020 vision of ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’, we will to work across our strategic priorities of climate, recovery and • Innovation and smarter government inclusion: • Metropolitan planning and regeneration 1. Climate: Under this strand, EUROCITIES’ 2011 priorities include: • Services and procurement • Climate adaptation Actions will focus particularly on services of general interest as well as the Europe 2020 flagship initiatives - innovation union, • Green growth the agenda for new skills and jobs, the digital agenda for Europe, • Renewable energies and energy efficiency and smart cities. • Transport and mobility 3. Inclusion: For 2011, EUROCITIES’ priorities under this strand include: Actions will be built around the Covenant of Mayors, financing mechanisms and potential revenues for city climate action, the • Culture and youth EU strategy on adaptation and the EU energy strategy, the • eInclusion EUROCITIES Green Digital Charter and the 6th Environmental Action Programme, as well as the commission’s urban mobility • Immigration, asylum and integration action plan and white paper on transport. • Poverty and social inclusion 2. Recovery: For 2011, EUROCITIES’ priorities under this Actions will be built around the new Platform against Poverty strand include: Europe 2020 flagship, the Youth on the Move flagship, the • Access to financial investment tools EUROCITIES Network of Local Authority Observatories on Active Inclusion (NLAO), as well as our Integrating Cities initiative and • Creative industries Inclusive Cities partnership • Entrepreneurship and employment Vanda Knowles, EUROCITIES policy director: vanda.knowles@eurocities.eu Event discount: The future of cities 2011 Consultation and guides: services and London | 28 February – 1 March 2011 procurement Our partnership with this upcoming event entitles EUROCITIES The European Commission has just published two guides: members to attend at a discounted rate of £474 (about €565) • Buying social: a guide to taking account of social instead of £550 (about €656), including VAT. When booking considerations in public procurement online, please reference the booking code EUR3C28. • New guide to help public authorities to provide The event will look at how the world’s fast-growing urban areas high quality and efficient services of general interest are geared up to tackle today’s major and multiple challenges – economic, climate, resources, infrastructure, and demographics. Both are available at: http://tinyurl.com/67pxv9q Questions of leadership, citizen participation, and where powers should lie will be discussed by leaders from major cities, Secondly, a public consultation has been launched on governments and businesses. The main themes are: modernising public procurement, with a deadline of 18 April. EUROCITIES working group on services of general • How can cities innovative energy be harnessed to drive interest will lead work on our response to this important better urban policies? consultation, which contains 114 questions. There will also be input from some of the network’s other relevant • Do national government policies - on the economy, working groups e.g. social services of general interest, energy, transport and migration - align well with cities needs? If green procurement and entrepreneurship. not, should decision- making be redistributed? Consultation on the modernisation of EU public • Which issues are best dealt with at city level? procurement policy: http://tinyurl.com/48ozsly • What fiscal and financial powers should cities have? The future of cities: www.chathamhouse.org.uk/cities2011 Nicola Vatthauer, EUROCITIES communications director: Vanda Knowles, EUROCITIES policy director: nicola.vatthauer@eurocities.eu vanda.knowles@eurocities.euFlash 103 February 2011 3
  • 4. Culture “Every city in Europe has to be truly loved as a cultural city” Interview with EUROCITIES Culture Forum’s lead, Mary-Ann Schreurs from Eindhoven E indhoven was elected as the new chair of EUROCITIES Offering an opportunity for colleagues from different cities Culture Forum in October 2010. Now settling into the post, across Europe to share ideas and experiences, it acts as is the ideal Mary-Ann Schreurs (pictured), shares her musings on the bridge between our daily jobs to the ‘Invisible Cities’ of the future future of culture in Europe’s cities. that Calvino wrote about so well. EUROCITIES: EUROCITIES: So, Italo Calvino shall be attending our next What do you culture forum meeting? believe are the M-AS: Well, not quite! But considering his imaginary trip to main challenges non-existing cities, I’m referring to what was his essentially his for the cultural ultimate statement of love for cities. A statement he made in sector in our 1972 at a time when cities were becoming increasingly difficult to cities? live in. Maybe because of the financial crisis today, I feel that we Mary-Ann are going through a similar kind of period. Schreurs: I like We have the huge task of delivering at the local level but we to see this in a can draw from our cultural entrepreneurs who have the freedom positive way. and scope needed to anticipate new trends during these tough We are facing a times. Our culture forum is the ‘bank of cultural stories’ that lot of new possibilities. I strongly believe that technological and captures concrete examples of societal trends are rapidly generating new energy for the cultural city practice. Complemented sector in our cities. Cultural activities are widening and some are by policy and research even migrating from the stage floor, or a wall in the museum, recommendations that to a new interface. Both social media and new communities are highlight the quality of life in getting involved and mixed up with our local cultural sector. I feel our European cities, both tools that linking them can be profitable. will help us with the most There is so much happening that needs to be seen, explored, important goal that every discussed, and to be involved with in a way that’s different to city in Europe has: to be truly sponsorship. Our EUROCITIES Culture Forum is undoubtedly loved as a cultural city! the best exchange and knowledge platform in Europe for this. Give Europe’s cultural policy a boost, says EUROCITIES Forum focus: well-being EUROCITIES has recently responded to two important EU consultations: one on the future and culture budgets culture programme for the period 2014-2020 and another on the European Capital of EUROCITIES Culture Forum | Culture (ECoC) scheme which will be introduced as of 2019. Turku | 16-19 March 2011 On the first of these, EUROCITIES has called for a strong culture programme that As one of this year’s European adequately reaches cities. Our main message is that with the right resourcing, cities are Capitals of Culture, Turku will able to maximise the benefits of culture and creativity towards the delivery of the EU2020 host the next EUROCITIES Culture strategy, which calls for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Forum on 16-19 March. Among the list of key objectives proposed in the consultation, EUROCITIES has stressed the The meeting will be divided into importance of: two main parts. The first, dealing • the promotion of urban and regional development through culture; with how participation in the arts and access to art can improve the • a better equipped framework for creative industries, culture and the arts; health and well-being of people. • intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity; and A second session will review how cities are managing imposed • access to culture. budget cuts on their cultural On the ECoC, EUROCITIES has recommended that the future scheme contributes to activities. ‘sustainable integrated urban development’ where culture is connected to other policy Working group meetings, an areas. In addition, we have asked for greater emphasis on intercultural dialogue, citizens’ informal meeting on the European participation and culture as part of integrated urban development. capitals of culture, and social Continuing our advocacy efforts on these fronts, EUROCITIES will take part in the events are also on the agenda. European Commission’s public hearings on the culture programme, taking place on 16 February and on the future ECoC scheme, taking place on 2 March. Julie Hervé, EUROCITIES policy officer – Julie Hervé, EUROCITIES policy officer – culture: julie.herve@eurocities.eu culture: julie.herve@eurocities.euFlash 103 February 2011 4
  • 5. Economic Development New report: European cities facing the economic crisis O ver 80% of European cities have been severely affected The survey also shows that cities who had learnt from similar by the latest global financial crisis, according to a new past experiences, fared better. In fact, those that faced previous URBACT report. hardship and high unemployment rates in the 70’s were more prepared to respond to the current crisis. Based on a survey of nearly 200 cities from 24 EU member states and Switzerland, the research highlights how European Interestingly demographics also played a part in determining local authorities have been affected by the various different the extent of impact. Labour markets with high concentrations of stages of the crisis since 2009, as well as the repercussions of young people, migrants and women for example, were hardest national austerity measures on local budgets. hit. Among the main findings, some cities are shown to be more The URBACT survey shows that cities have been playing a major resilient than others, in particular those characterised by a local role in exploring and dabbling with creative solutions that are economy based on small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), tailored to their local economies operating locally and independently from bank credits. An economy based on the service sector, with fewer connections to URBACT report: http://tinyurl.com/citiescrisisreport international markets and greater internal demand, were also cited as conditions seen to lower the impact of the crisis. Soraya Zanardo, assistant to EUROCITIES policy director: soraya.zanardo@eurocities.eu Life-long learning strategies Take our survey! Cities, entrepreneurship and SMEs Munich | 6-8 April 2011 Life-long learning is key EUROCITIES’ working group on entrepreneurship to cities’ competitiveness has launched a survey to collect information on cities’ in today’s knowledge- strategies and instruments aimed at supporting based economy. It’s against entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises this backdrop that the (SMEs). EUROCITIES Economic Responses will be analysed and featured in a Development Forum (EDF) EUROCITIES publication and made available to member will hold its spring meeting cities with the aim of promoting the exchange of in Munich on 6-8 April. information and experience. The feedback will also be Life-long learning is used to elaborate recommendations on the support essential for the continued economic development of cities and that cities need from European policies and funding to metropolitan regions, particularly in the context of today’s aging continue strengthening their entrepreneurship strategies. workforce and increasing immigration of skilled labour whose skills Results will be presented during the next meeting on need to be adapted. 8 April in Munich alongside the EUROCITIES Economic What can metropolitan regions do to boost life-long learning? Development Forum. This and more will be addressed at the EDF spring meeting’s main Deadline for responses: 18 February 2011 conference. Survey: Raymond Saller and Sylvia Pintarits, city of Munich: europa@muenchen.de www.surveymonkey.com/s/eurocitiesentrepreneurship Soraya Zanardo, assistant to EUROCITIES policy director: Julie Hervé, EUROCITIES policy officer – culture: soraya.zanardo@eurocities.eu julie.herve@eurocities.eu Metropolitan areas This new EUROCITIES working group Participants also discussed the results of powerful role of metropolitan areas have met in Brussels on 2 February to share some European projects on metropolitan to play and to link this to our work on the experiences with other networks already areas involving EUROCITIES members, Lille future of cohesion policy. working in the field of metropolitan Metropole, Budapest, Brno and Brussels The EUROCITIES Economic Development areas. Capital Region. PLUREL, METROGOV Forum meeting taking place in Munich and Nodus, were among some of those Roger Read, secretary general of on 8 April will feature an update and projects presented. The exchange aimed METREX, the Network of European discussion on the activities of the to identify areas not yet studied by other Metropolitan Regions and Areas, and metropolitan areas working group, with stakeholders, which could be taken up by Hilary Lowson, secretary general of a particular focus on the subject of urban EUROCITIES. PURPLE, the Peri-Urban Regions Platform sprawl. Europe, both presented their network’s In the coming year, the working group experiences. will develop arguments that illustrate the Núria Tello Clusella, EUROCITIES policy officer – cohesion policy and EU budget: nuriatello.clusella@eurocities.euFlash 103 February 2011 5
  • 6. Environment Europe 2020 sustainable growth flagship launched L aunched as one of seven initiatives under the Europe 2020 As a next step, the commission will make concrete proposals strategy, the European Commission’s new sustainable for strategies to improve resource efficiency in the various growth flagship will provide the framework for coordinating policy areas such as the low-carbon economy roadmap 2050, different legislative and non-legislative initiatives that contribute the 2020 energy efficiency plan, the white paper on the future to the sustainable use of natural resources and a shift towards of transport, the energy roadmap 2050, and the roadmap for a a resource-efficient, low-carbon growth in Europe. To achieve resource efficient Europe, among others this, the commission understands there is a need to make technological improvements across the EU, to make a significant transition in energy, industrial, agricultural and transport systems, Michael Klinkenberg, EUROCITIES policy officer – environment: and to change producer and consumer behaviour within the EU. michael.klinkenberg@eurocities.eu Consultation: financial instrument for Save the date! the environment EUROCITIES Environment Forum | Genoa | 27-29 April 2011 Two EU consultations on the future LIFE+ instrument, the Financial Instrument for the Environment, are still open. Continuing with Covenant of Mayors consortium The first, more general consultation is organised Following a successful bid, EUROCITIES by the European Commission to gather views on the will continue to be part of the consortium next financial instrument for the environment for the contracted by the European Commission to period 2014-2020, especially its objectives, activities manage the Covenant of Mayors initiative and support modalities. for the next three years. Deadline for contributions: 15 February 2011 Over 90 EUROCITIES members are participating in the Covenant of Mayors, http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/life. which commits them to implementing htm#_en.htm renewable and energy efficient measures The second consultation is organised by the with the aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 20% by Committee of the Regions. Its results will inform a the year 2020. As a consequence of our involvement in the initiative, commission impact assessment of the social, economic EUROCITIES will be in a better position to have a say on the shaping of and environmental impacts of the current LIFE European financing for cities in the field energy efficiency. programme. As part of the new agreement, EUROCITIES will lead the Covenant of Deadline for contributions: 11 March 2011 Mayor’s media work, organise events, link the covenant to our Green Digital Charter, manage cooperation with associate partners, and ensure Consultation: http://tinyurl.com/6jtzqdp that the ‘green’ achievements of cities are profiled in the media. In addition, EUROCITIES will continue its role as a supporting structure of the initiative, monitoring the progress of our members’ work and Prague becomes 90th signatory of facilitating exchanges of information. EUROCITIES climate change declaration The city of Prague has Dion Wierts, EUROCITIES project officer – climate & energy: become the 90th signatory of dion.wierts@eurocities.eu the EUROCITIES Declaration on Climate Change. Consultation: EU energy policy towards 2050 A recent example of Prague’s action on climate The European Commission is due to present its energy roadmap change is its long-term 2050 in the second part of 2011. It will follow the already published conceptual strategic plan communication on the energy 2020 strategy, and the forthcoming of the capital city. Through this, the city will deliver roadmap for a low-carbon economy by 2050, which will focus on energy savings, more use of renewable and secondary reductions of 80-95% in greenhouse gas emissions across the EU energy sources, pollutant emission reductions and economy by 2050. lower energy costs. In particular, Prague will prioritise The energy roadmap 2050 will present different pathways for the support of energy management in buildings reaching the EU’s long-term energy policy objectives, such as owned by the city council. sustainability, energy security and competitiveness. EUROCITIES will take part in the commission’s consultation on the energy roadmap 2050 and encourages members to do the same. EUROCITIES Declaration on Climate Change: www.eurocities.eu/include/lib/sql_document_card.php?id=8322 Consultation: http://tinyurl.com/5up4fwh Štěpán Kyjovský, city of Prague: Stepan.Kyjovsky@cityofprague.czFlash 103 February 2011 6
  • 7. Knowledge Society Not to be missed! EU digital agenda goes local Brussels | 5 April 2011 E UROCITIES is currently involved in The digital agenda is one of EU2020’s European digital assembly set for the organisation of a European flagship initiatives that was presented June 2011 and towards the effective Commission conference on localising by the commission in May 2010. The implementation of the digital agenda on the EU’s digital agenda, set to take place plan will shape and dominate regulation the local level. in Brussels on 5 April. and funding in the area of ICT and the The event marks a first step in a information society for the coming five European Commissioner Neelie Kroes process of connecting stakeholders years. and other top-level commission officials involved in local change processes and will be present for discussions with people This upcoming event will aim to: economic/social crisis management, who are driving local agendas. We’d those with a real awareness of problems • Investigate how EU programmes therefore encourage all our member and understanding of the impact and like the digital agenda can provide cities’ politicians and managers who are transformative power of ICT, and who are support to cities in meeting today’s active in local change and the decision- in a position to take action societal and economic challenges making processes in this field to take part in the event. • Facilitate partnerships between cities and European partners for a EU digital agenda: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital-agenda/index_en.htm Jan Franke, EUROCITIES policy officer - knowledge society: jan.franke@eurocities.eu Find new partners at open innovation Working groups get busy and smart cities event The following five working groups will operate under the EUROCITIES Brussels | 2 March 2011 Knowledge Forum in 2011. If you would like to join them or know more about their work, please get in touch with the working group leads or Please join for our ‘matchmaking’ event, which has Jan Franke at the EUROCITIES Brussels office. been designed to make it easy for cities to find new project partners and develop projects in the field of Smart Cities: under the chairmanship of Barcelona and Manchester, innovation and smart cities. this new working group will discuss the conceptualisation of smart city strategies and policies in Europe and outside European borders, Organised with the European Network of Living building on work done by the ICT for energy efficiency working group. Labs (ENoLL) under the European Commission’s ICT Policy Support Programme 5th call for proposals 2011 Julia Lopez Ventura, city of Barcelona: jlopezve@bcn.cat on open innovation and smart cities, this event will EU services directive: this group will deal with the implementation give you a chance to: of the EU services directive and compare the different administrative • Meet with representatives of the ENoLL and procedures and technical processes e.g. backoffice reorganisation, EUROCITIES network digital service delivery, one-stop-shops, that cities deal with under this legislation. • Network with project partners from all over Europe to develop joint projects Michael Breidung, city of Dresden: MBreidung@dresden.de • Seek advice from EU funding programme Open Data: recently set up to allow members to exchange experiences officials and other experts on fine-tuning your project and compare project examples on city initiatives in the field of open ideas data across the EU. It will build business cases, collect evidence on the economic and social advantages of municipal open data and stimulate • Present your profile or project idea(s) for citizen participation and data re-use. proactive matchmaking Wolfgang Both, city of Berlin: Wolfgang.both@senwtf.berlin.de The event will take place on 2 March, in conjunction with the European information day in Brussels on eInclusion: building on a project of the city of Ghent, the group 28 February, and the 1 March European Commission will set up local indicators and a methodology for eInclusion policy workshop on open innovation for internet-enabled formulation. services in smart cities. Martine Delannoy, city of Ghent: Martine.Delannoy@digipolis.be Broadband: this group will coordinate work on the role of cities in promoting, facilitating and financing the roll out of Next Generation Present your project ideas by 28 February: info@enoll.org Broadband Networks. Register for EUROCITIES matchmaking event: Dirk van der Woude, Amsterdam: D.vander.Woude@dro.amsterdam.nl www.eventbrite.com/event/1238936693 Jan Franke, EUROCITIES policy officer - knowledge society: jan.franke@eurocities.eu Jan Franke, EUROCITIES policy officer - knowledge society: jan.franke@eurocities.euFlash 103 February 2011 7
  • 8. Mobility Transport priorities of the Hungarian presidency T he Hungarian Minister for pays principle into transport policy. The feed into the European Commission’s infrastructure, Pál Völner, outlined Hungarian presidency is ambitiously proposal to revise the TEN-T Guidelines, the priorities of the Hungarian pushing towards a well-balanced to be published in June. Hungary wants presidency of the EU (January to July compromise. Whether it will be possible to involve member states in the review 2011) during the last Transport Committee to close the dossier within the proposed and requests that the new network plan meeting of the European Parliament, on timeframe is however still unclear. While reflects a geographical balance. 25 January 2011. satisfied with the Council agreement, In addition, Hungary will push forward members of the European Parliament The first semester of 2011 will be the single railway package to strengthen have also expressed their concerns about mostly dominated by debates on the the competition and efficiency in exemptions of certain vehicle types and Eurovignette directive and trans-European transport through environment-friendly demanded mandatory allocation of the transport networks (TEN-T). railways. Finally, the newly introduced revenues to sustainable transport. ’Danube strategy‘ will put the emphasis The presidency will aim to finalise The review of TEN-T will also play an on inland waterways and the presidency the revision of the directive on charges important role during the Hungarian plans to host several conferences on this for heavy goods trucks using the road presidency. A preliminary debate on this theme network (Eurovignette directive), will take place at the informal transport which would introduce the polluter- council in February. The results will Vanessa Holve, EUROCITIES policy officer - mobility: vanessa.holve@eurocities.eu EU mobility and transport: challenges for 2011 Mobility forum meeting The 2011 work programme of the European Commission’s transport Budapest | 31 March - 1 April 2011 section, DG mobility and transport, includes several initiatives of Urban transport safety and security will be the main importance for European cities. theme of this meeting, which is organised within the One of the most interesting points relates to the upcoming revised framework of the Hungarian presidency of the EU. white paper on transport to be published in March, which will lay down Fears for personal safety and security significantly the framework of EU transport policy for the next ten years. EUROCITIES diminish mobility in cities and deter the use of non- has contributed to EU consultations aiming at shaping the revised white motorised transport. The use of public transport at paper and will discuss it at the next mobility forum meeting on 31 night, theft or vandalism (public rental bikes, etc.) March-1 April in Budapest. are just a few examples of security and safety issues Discussions on financial resources within the multi-annual financial in urban transport. This burden of physical harm can framework 2014-2020 will start in June. EUROCITIES is currently working substantially be reduced by improved infrastructure on a cities’ strategy for the future EU budget revision within a specific design, traffic management, engineering, education, task force, where the mobility forum is represented. The mobility forum policy improvement and enforcement, etc. has also been discussing an internal paper on how to finance urban The mobility forum meeting will feature a plenary mobility in the future. session on the above-mentioned theme, addressing The 2011 work programme also mentions more specific areas for challenges faced by cities and suggesting solutions via action, such as the development of a single transport area. The European best-practice exchange. Efficient policies and projects Commission wants to ensure market opening and fair competition helping to incorporate safety and security issues in between different transport modes. The commission will also welcome urban transportation planning will be presented by the principle of internalisation of external costs anchored in EU law and cities and other relevant stakeholders. continue its work on passenger rights, safety and security. A politicians’ panel discussion will also be part of the Regarding transport infrastructure in 2011, the commission plans to plenary session. Politicians will have the opportunity increase the European added-value of the trans-European Transport to highlight their successes in this sector and exchange networks (TEN-T). The focus will be on core networks to which cities with a high level representative from the European belong as well as improved connections with neighbouring countries. Commission (DG MOVE). For the past two years mobility forum members have contributed to EU More information will be available on the consultations on the TEN-T policy review. The forum is also tackling the EUROCITIES website and sent to mobility forum impact of cities in TEN-T corridors within one of its working groups. members soon. In addition, a strategy on transport research and innovation is on We look forward to seeing you there! the commission’s agenda. It will include an e-mobility package and the possibility of an innovation partnership pilot on ’smart mobility‘. Vanessa Holve, EUROCITIES policy officer - mobility: vanessa.holve@eurocities.eu Vanessa Holve, EUROCITIES policy officer - mobility: vanessa.holve@eurocities.euFlash 103 February 2011 8
  • 9. Social Affairs Hungary and EUROCITIES put Roma high up the agenda J anuary 2011 saw the presidency of the European Union pass to Hungary. It is the final member of a presidency trio together with Spain and Belgium, who agreed on a joint 18-month programme to ensure continuity between the presidencies. In the social affairs field, the Hungarian presidency plans to prioritise combating child poverty and working towards the social and economic integration of the Roma people, a priority which has come more to the fore in EUROCITIES with the recent establishment of our task-force on Roma inclusion. Other priorities for the Hungarians are family policy and outlining responses to demographic changes which impact on employment and economic growth. The presidency sees boosting employment, enhancing competitiveness and social inclusion as three interrelated and mutually supporting objectives. Education for employability and job creation are seen as the central tools tangible, EU measures for Roma integration. Moreover, the for fighting child poverty and promoting Roma integration. In presidency wishes to formulate and adopt conclusions from the line with the EU 2020 strategy, the presidency wishes to work council of the EU on the European platform against poverty, one towards growth and employment, in order to preserve the of the flagship initiatives of the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy. It also European social model. intends to contribute to setting EU priorities in the fight against poverty for the coming years and will also organise the 10th Concrete plans include the adoption of the EU framework on meeting of people experiencing poverty national Roma integration strategies, together with developing Dirk Gebhardt, EUROCITIES programme officer - social affairs: dirk.gebhardt@eurocities.eu Cities knowledge of active inclusion policies New report: future housing policy in the EU The latest EUROCITIES-NLAO study on cities and active As part of the European Housing Forum 2010 lecture inclusion is now available. series, EUROCITIES hosted the talk on ‘gentrification vs working class neighbourhoods: which urban future for The publication analyses the Europe,’ where expert speakers discussed the design of EU findings of a 2010 survey on cities’ knowledge regarding active policies and their implications for national housing policies. inclusion policies in the EU. It also includes the views from a focus group comprised of representatives from the ten Local Authority The main points developed from the lecture series are as Observatories (LAOs). follows: The main findings from the study are as follows: 1. The EU should encourage the collection of data on housing and support mutual learning; • Cities are aware, and have some knowledge, of the European active inclusion strategy but are not very familiar with 2. Under the EU2020 strategy framework to reduce the details; poverty, housing needs particular examination; • The European active inclusion strategy is in line with cities’ 3. To improve the energy efficiency of Europe’s priorities on social inclusion; housing stock, financial incentives for homeowners, tenants and landlords need to be considered; • The European active inclusion strategy has the potential to add value to local level strategies for social inclusion; 4. Population ageing and its consequences for housing should be addressed; and • Implementing active inclusion strategies at local level is of fundamental importance for social and territorial cohesion; and 5. Employment policies should be used to reduce social segregation through the structural funds. • Cities have an important role to play in developing and implementing active inclusion strategies, which the EUROCITIES- Download the full report from the Inclusive Cities NLAO is committed to. website. EUROCITIES-NLAO study: www.eurocities-nlao.eu Inclusive Cities: www.inclusivecities.eu Mirte Kortbeek, EUROCITIES social policy researcher – NLAO: Caroline Greene, EUROCITIES communications officer – social affairs: mirte.kortbeek@eurocities.eu caroline.greene@eurocities.euFlash 103 February 2011 9
  • 10. Cooperation Events Fostering cross-border cooperation D iscussions held among city representatives from At this latest meeting, representatives from Lille-Kortrijk- EUROCITIES, the European Commission and the Committee Tournai and the Eurodistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau EGTC presented of the Regions in January 2011 have revealed a range of their respectives EGTCs, focusing on issues such as the EGTC issues related to the current regulation of the European Grouping staff status, the revision of the EGTC statutes, as well as the of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC). participation and cooperation of all competent authorities. The EGTC is an innovative tool designed to facilitate integrated Participants agreed that the actions and involvement of local territorial cooperation. It shows how proactive local authorities authorities must be fostered and encouraged by the commission’s can work together to improve the daily life of citizens within and forthcoming revision of the EGTC regulation across their administrations. Soraya Zanardo, assistant to EUROCITIES policy director: soraya.zanardo@eurocities.eu New budget task force gets down to business One of EUROCITIES newest groupings, our EU budget task force had its first meeting of the year in Brussels on 27 January to discuss the network’s position on the EU budget review. Chaired by the city of Copenhagen, currently EUROCITIES president, the task force comprises members of all our forums and executive committee, allowing for a cross-sectoral overview. EUROCITIES’ position on the EU budget review will focus on the principles, as opposed to sectoral policies, that should guide the future budget. That’s to say, the taskforce will deal with the strategic shape of the EU budget that should allow local authorities to meet Europe 2020 targets as well as other challenges. Núria Tello Clusella, EUROCITIES policy officer – cohesion policy and EU budget: nuriatello.clusella@eurocities.eu National identity: Save the date! a building block for branding? EUROCITIES cooperation platform 2011 Gothenburg | 16-17 February 2011 Bordeaux | 19-20 May 2011 EUROCITIES This year’s EUROCITIES from other cities across working group cooperation platform will Europe. on branding take place in Bordeaux on As usual, this year’s edition management and 19-20 May. will provide you updates city attractiveness Now in its seventh edition, on EUROCITIES forums and will meet in this annual meeting convenes projects, but also information Gothenburg on all EUROCITIES contact about the new EUROCITIES 16-17 February for officers and provides an website under construction, discussions on city opportunity for them to as well as an assembly branding in relation meet, exchange, discuss and to discuss the future EU to regional and learn from one another. cohesion policy. national branding strategies. The The annual event acts as a Registration will open two meeting will look at ’one-stop shop’ for members months before the event. how cities can draw upon regional and/or national identities to to get fully tuned into boost a city brand. developments concerning the network, as well as to meet On the business side of things, the working group will discuss with staff and colleagues and assimilate its members’ expectations for 2011. Sinéad Mullins, EUROCITIES communications executive: Anton Cesar, city of Gothenburg: anton.cesar@stadshuset.goteborg.se sinead.mullins@eurocities.euFlash 103 February 2011 10
  • 11. Projects CASCADE: EUROCITIES’ new project on local energy leadership F ollowing a successful bid, EUROCITIES activities and the transfer of good has been awarded funding to practices between local authorities. coordinate a new project consortium CASCADE project partners include the under the European Commission Wuppertal Institute in Germany, Koucky Intelligent Energy Europe Programme. & Partners in Sweden and 19 EUROCITIES Starting in spring 20011, the three-year members: Malmo, Nantes, Sunderland, CASCADE - Cities Exchanging on Local Genoa, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Energy Leadership project - will aim to Tampere, Venice, Stockholm, Gateshead, boost the implementation and delivery Mannheim, Gijon, Milan, Edinburgh, of local sustainable energy policies by Amaroussion, Warsaw, Eindhoven, means of transnational capacity-building Terrassa and Burgas Jorgina Cuixart, EUROCITIES project officer – environment & energy: jorgina.cuixart@eurocities.eu EUROCITIES members Murcia Mark your calendars! EPOMM-PLUS events outlook and Riga shortlisted for Over 2011, the EPOMM-PLUS mobility award project, which is part of the European As the Platform on Mobility Management, coordinator of will organise a number of events that the European are open to everyone: Mobility Week • Trainings on mobility (EMW) campaign, management, in cooperation with the EUROCITIES is ELTIS-PLUS project, in particular on the also responsible for managing the EMW theme of sustainable urban mobility award scheme. This rewards cities that plans and mobility management; and have developed an ambitious programme of activities and implemented effective • National workshops in each of the network initiators country, which are measures to make their transport system the 13 countries partners of the EPOMM-PLUS project that will build up a national more sustainable. network on mobility management. The next workshops planned are scheduled for: On 18 January 2011, the EMW award jury met in Brussels to decide on the - 18 February 2011 in Budapest, Hungary, on bike sharing schemes ten best applications for the EMW 2010 - 25 March 2011 in Turin, Italy award, including three finalists. The meeting was co-chaired by European - Spring 2011 in Slovenia and Bulgaria Commission representatives Magda Kopzcynska and Robert Konrad, joined by Updates on these meetings and trainings will be listed on the EPOMM website. other jury members, Heather Allen from the International Association of Public EPOMM: www.epomm.eu Transport (UITP), Pamela Weir, Vincent Melanie Leroy, EUROCITIES project officer - mobility management: melanie.leroy@eurocities.eu Leiner and Dudley Curtis from the European Commission and Sebastian Bamberg from the University of Bielefeld. Upcoming CIVITAS trainings for mobility practitioners In addition to the city of Almada, The CIVITAS initiative is organising the following three trainings for EUROCITIES EUROCITIES members Murcia and Riga members and other interested cities: achieved the highest scores, while the cities of Budapest, Eindhoven, Gavle, Leon, • Social marketing in mobility management: Toulouse | 17-18 May 2011 Östersund, Reutte, and Zagreb were ranked • Holistic thinking for better cities: integrating transport and land use in the top 10. planning: Bucharest | 26-27 May 2011 The winning city will be announced • Clean Vehicles and Fuels: San Sebastian | 16-17 June 2011 at an award ceremony in Brussels on 14 March 2011 as part of two-days training EUROCITIES collaborates with the CIVITAS initiative and the organisation of on effective campaigning, fundraising and these trainings through the support action CIVITAS VANGUARD. sponsorship organized for national and local EMW coordinators. Official announcements and agendas will be available at: www.civitas.eu Peter Staelens, EUROCITIES project officer – Jorgina Cuixart, EUROCITIES project officer – environment & energy: mobility: peter.staelens@eurocities.eu jorgina.cuixart@eurocities.euFlash 103 February 2011 11
  • 12. Events Date / Place Name of Event More information 23-24 February 2011 Enabling smart city frameworks www.smartcitiesevent.com Liege, Belgium European best practice, pilots and results 23-25 March 2011 Velocity 2011 www.velo-city2011.com Seville, Spain The cycle of life 15-17 March 2011 Global City 2011 www.globalcityforum.com Abu Dhabi, United Arab Values and identity Emirates 28 March – 3 April 2011 ECOWEEK 2011 urban communities and green www.ecoweek.netfirms.com/ecoweek. architecture gr/ecoweek2011/index.html Thessaloniki, Greece International conference for architecture and design 5 April 2011 EU digital agenda goes local http://tinyurl.com/digitalagenda2011 Brussels, Belgium Organised by the European Commission 11-15 April 2011 EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) www.eusew.eu Brussels/Europe-wide Largest sustainable energy initiative in Europe 13-15 April 2011 Housing in hard times www.york.ac.uk/inst/chp/hsa/ conference.htm York, United Kingdom Class, poverty and social exclusion 6-7 May 2011 Governance and Change on the Urban Fringe www.iss.uio.no/aktuelt/arrangementer/ gov Oslo, Norway The European Urban Research Association workshop 12-13 May 2011 Regional Governance of Sustainable Integrated http://urbact.eu/en Development of Deprived Urban Areas Duisburg, Germany RegGov final conference 18-20 May 2011 REAL CORP 2011 www.corp.at Duisburg, Germany Change for stability: lifecycles of cities and regions 19-20 May 2011 EUROCITIES Cooperation Platform www.eurocities.eu Bordeaux, France Annual event for EUROCITIES contact officers EUROCITIES Flash is published Publisher EUROCITIES by EUROCITIES Brussels Office. Paul Bevan, Secretary General 1 Square de Meeûs © EUROCITIES 2011 Editor B-1000 Brussels Róisín Hughes Tel: +32 2 552 0888 Please send any contributions Fax: +32 2 552 0889 or comments concerning the Layout e-mail: info@eurocities.eu contents of the Flash to: Rob Harris Productions flash@eurocities.eu www.eurocities.euFlash 103 February 2011 12
  • 13. Cooperation Platform 2011 SAVE THE DATE !! BORDEAUX – May 19-20Frenchs 6th largest urban area with 715.000 inhabitants / 80.000 students International airport with direct links to many European cities A successful urban regeneration based on an integrated approach We hope to welcome you in May 2011 ! www.bordeaux.fr

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