N° 111                                EUROCITIES FLASH                                                                    ...
highlightsEUROCITIES winners: projectsC      ooperation ‘The Mill Island: revitalisation with cooperation of     Participa...
highlightsEUROCITIES 2011 GenoaE    UROCITIES 2011 Genoa, our annual conference, took place     on 2-5 November 2011 in Ge...
cooperationCities of tomorrow - challenges, visions, ways forwardA          new report published by the         European C...
cultureHighlights from the latest culture forumT        he latest culture forum meeting in         Antwerp on 26 – 29 Octo...
economic developmentInvestment in metropolitan Europe will drive recoveryS     peaking on our behalf at a Polish          ...
environmentConnecting Europe: better access to renewable energy?O        n 19 October 2011, the European Commission adopte...
knowledge societyCities have key role to play in innovation and researchA           round 100 EUROCITIES members and partn...
mobilityTowards a new transport infrastructureO        n 19 October 2011, the Commission adopted a proposal for        the...
social affairsInnovative employment policies in RotterdamD       iscussions at the social affairs forum in       which une...
city newsHousing exchange scheme in KrakowO      ur latest good practice case study looks at Krakow’s housing         give...
events Covenant of Mayors annual ceremony 1200 participants 100 journalists 40 countries 29 November 2011 Hemicycle, Europ...
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  1. 1. N° 111 EUROCITIES FLASH Nov 2011 an information service for EUROCITIES membersConnecting through the EUROCITIES winners!Covenant EUROCITIES members Bydgoszcz, Rotterdam and Zaragoza T he Covenant were honoured during our annual conference, EUROCITIES of Mayors has 2011 Genoa, for their pioneering urban regeneration been a stunning projects. The awards recognise outstanding achievements success. by city administrations in carrying out local actions which Launched improve the quality of life for citizens. by the European Commission in 2008, More than 50 entries were submitted in three categories: the Covenant has cooperation, innovation and participation, and judged by anengaged local leaders in the delivery of independent jury in the context of the conference theme,Europe-wide climate targets. So far, over ‘planning for people’.3,000 mayors have signed commitments toreduce CO2 emissions in their territories by A shortlist of nine cities was drawn up in August, andat least 20% by 2020. the following winners were announced at a ceremony at the Acquario di Genova on 2 November 2011: And this is not ‘gesture politics’: eachmunicipality has to prepare a sustainable „ Cooperation: ‘The Mill Island’, Bydgoszczenergy action plan for evaluation and „ Innovation: ‘Do-it-yourself houses’, Rotterdammonitoring. Through the ELENA facility,the European Investment Bank is providing „ Participation: ‘Este no es un solar – this is not a plot’, Zaragoza€30m in support, so far leveraging some€1.6 billion of investment for energy Presenting the awards, Paolo Pissarello, Vice-Mayor of Genoa and chair of the jury,efficiency. remarked: The Covenant has captured the “This year’s winners demonstrate the capacity of local authoritiesimagination of municipalities of all sizes,from the smallest communes to the likes to design and implement urban regeneration initiatives respondingof London, Paris and Madrid. These are directly to the needs of citizens. By planning for people we areamong 104 EUROCITIES signatories, 75of whom have already submitted action creating more liveable cities.”plans. Our Brussels office forms part ofthe secretariat for the Covenant. Besides See page two for summaries of the winning projects. For more information on theliaising with our own members, we awards, please visit our conference website.have a key role in delivering Covenantcommunications. EUROCITIES 2011 Genoa: www.eurocities2011.eu Connecting local and European levelsof government more directly is of coursea constant theme of EUROCITIES’ workacross the EU policy agenda. Too oftenthe mediation of national governments Also in this issueand regions creates a confusing distancebetween citizens and Europe. It’s no EUROCITIES 2011 Genoa 3wonder that, in spite of the EU’s strategicsignificance and the impact of EU Cities of tomorrow 4legislation, many people don’t regardEurope as relevant to their everyday lives. Highlights from the latest culture forum 5 The Covenant of Mayors offersa powerful model for making that Investment in metropolitan Europe will drive recovery 6connection. It is not the only way ofcourse. It suits the climate agenda wherewe are all striving to meet measurable Better access to renewable energy? 7goals, but the challenges of economicrecovery or social cohesion are less readily Cities have key role to play in innovation & research 8defined. Nevertheless, the Covenant provesto European institutions that proactively Towards a new transport infrastructure 9engaging with the local level paysdividends. Innovative employment policies in Rotterdam 10 Paul Bevan Dwelling exchanges in Krakow 11 Secretary general, EUROCITIES Covenant of Mayors annual ceremony 12
  2. 2. highlightsEUROCITIES winners: projectsC ooperation ‘The Mill Island: revitalisation with cooperation of Participation ‘Esto no es un solar – this is various stakeholders’, Bydgoszcz: a regeneration project focused not a plot’, Zaragoza: originally launched as on a run-down industrial area, which has been transformed an employment plan, recruiting long-term into a centre of culture, leisure, entrepreneurship and tourism. unemployed citizens to clean up derelict land,The project was carried out with support from EU funding and in close the plots have now been given new urbancooperation with partners, including a museum and industrial cluster. uses. The city soon realised that by working with local organisations, such as schools andHalina Piechocka-Lipka: wk@um.bydgoszcz.pl cultural centres, residents could help shape the planning process. Three years on, the cityInnovation ‘Do-it-yourself houses’, Rotterdam: over a seven year is home to 29 new dynamic spaces and theperiod the city bought houses in run-down areas off landlords project has transformed 42,000m2 of land.who were not maintaining them. Realising that it is difficult to sellrenovated houses in disadvantaged areas, the city sold them off at Patrizia Di Monte, pdimonte@bargain prices to people who would refurbish them in their own style. zaragozavivienda.esMechanisms are in place to ensure houses are developed to a highstandard and the city has partnered with two banks willing to providemortgages. EUROCITIES 2011 Genoa: www.eurocities2011.euAn Huitzing, ami.huitzing@rotterdam.nl Nicola Vatthauer, communications director: nicola.vatthauer@eurocities.eu EUROCITIES business The German city of Karlsruhe becomes the latest member to join Birmingham, represented in Genoa by Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader EUROCITIES, after being formally approved during the network’s of the Council, was confirmed as the latest member of the ExCom, annual conference in Genoa. The city, which has a population of replacing Lyon. Incumbent members Copenhagen, Budapest and The nearly 300,000, will be represented by Heinz Fenrich, Lord Mayor of Hague were also confirmed for another term. All EUROCITIES forum Karlsruhe. chairs were also re-confirmed.25 years of EUROCITIES Commissioner Hahn handed EUROCITIES reports We were delighted by European regional policy Commissionerthe positive reception of Johannes Hahn (pictured centre) receivedour photo and history two EUROCITIES studies at a Polishbooks, launched at the presidency conference on ‘effectiverecent annual conference instruments for territorial development’, inin Genoa. ‘My city – my Warsaw on 24 October 2011.view’ features more than70 photos taken by young photographers Tomasz Kayser (left), Deputy Mayor offrom across the network, offering a unique Poznan, presented ‘Cities cooperatingperspective on how young people view their beyond their boundaries’ and Henk Koolcities. A history book chronicles 25 years (right), Deputy Mayor of The Hague,of EUROCITIES, from its inception in 1986, presented ‘A practitioner’s view on neighbourhood regeneration’. Both and the EU on how best to regeneratea group of six founding members, and its studies give weight to EUROCITIES’ claim deprived areas.evolution to present day, a thriving networkof more than 140 large European cities. that cities play a central role in economic Secretary general, Paul Bevan, said: recovery. Each city and each young photographer willreceive a copy of the books. Further copies are ‘Cities cooperating beyond their “These reports bring together theavailable at a cost of €25 for the set, including boundaries: evidence through experience in European cities’, drafted knowledge and experience ofshipping. A selection of photos featured inthe book were exhibited at the conference by the EUROCITIES working group on European cities on how best toin Genoa. If you would be interested in metropolitan areas, offers practical examples of the increasing prominence fulfil their potential.”more copies of the books or in hostingthe exhibition in your city, contact Nicola of Europe’s metropolitan areas. ‘A You can view the reports using theVatthauer at the EUROCITIES Brussels office. practitioner’s view on neighbourhood links below, or, to order a paper copy ofWe hope you enjoy the photos and stories as regeneration: issues, approaches and ‘A practitioner’s view on neighbourhoodmuch as we have! experiences in European cities’, produced regeneration’, send your name and address by the EUROCITIES working group on by email to the EMI network, details urban regeneration and published by below. the Nicis Institute in The Hague, offers recommendations to local governmentDeveloping Europes Urban Model: Dorthe Nielsen, policy advisor: dorthe.nielsen@eurocities.eutinyurl.com/7qfgm55 Cities cooperating beyond their boundaries: tinyurl.com/3ntpmreMy city - my view: A practitioner’s view on neighbourhood regeneration: tinyurl.com/6j3jh4rtinyurl.com/6vt7ogf EMI network (to order a paper copy): info@emi-network.eu 2 Flash 111 November 2011
  3. 3. highlightsEUROCITIES 2011 GenoaE UROCITIES 2011 Genoa, our annual conference, took place on 2-5 November 2011 in Genoa, Italy. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘planning for people’ and renowned Genoese architect-planner, Renzo Piano, gave a keynote speechdrawing on his own experiences of regenerating the city. Pianoestablished ‘Urban Lab’ in 2007, which has become instrumental in the As well as speednetworking sessions, the EUROCITIES awards ceremony and a gala dinner, participants took part in a series of workshops around the ‘planning for people’ theme.regeneration of this port city. Workshops included a tour of the Maddalena district, once home to bustling port activities and now The mayors of Antwerp, Barcelona, Genoa, Rotterdam, Stockholm one of the city’s most run-down neighbourhoods.and Warsaw contributed to a lively panel debate, giving examples Genoa introduced a ‘pact for Maddalena’, basedof how they are implementing the ‘planning for people’ concept in on cooperation with stakeholders including the citytheir cities and challenges they have faced along the way. Examples administration, an anti-mafia organisation, the police included the regeneration of a derelict train and local residents, who work together towards the station in Antwerp and a project ensuring physical, economic and social revitalisation of the area. closer cooperation between the police and residents in neighbourhoods of Rotterdam. Other participants took part in pesto-making demonstrations, or toured a state of the art research centre for robotics, smart materials The debate was followed by an awards and nano-technologies. As a port city, much of the focus in Genoa was ceremony for the winners of our young on reviving abandoned industrial premises. A workshop looked at the photographers’ competition. Awards were Cornigliano area in the west of the city, previously a heavily industrial presented by Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor area, now transformed into a creative hub home to graphic and film of Rotterdam, to Jelena Bajić and Jelena studios. Initially, the local residents found it difficult to connect with Pažin from Banja Luka, Antigoni Metaxaki the area, but a sense of community is now being created within the from Heraklion and Srdjan Srdjanov from neighbourhood. Novi Sad. This was followed by a photo exhibition, which will also be shown in Florence and Copenhagen. Some 350 participants, including 100 mayors andMimmo Giordano senior politicians, met in Genoa for this successful conference, and many more were able to follow via aEUROCITIES 2011 Genoa: www.eurocities2011.eu live webstream and Twitter updatesNicola Vatthauer, communications director: nicola.vatthauer@eurocities.eu Meeting in Brussels? EUROCITIES 2011 Genoa: mayors’ debate Politicians met for a private mayors’ debate on the Friday morning, where EUROCITIES offers meeting rooms in an they discussed the challenges of managing migration flows in cities. This theme ideal location, a stone’s throw from the is particularly appropriate for Genoa, which sits on the frontline of southern European institutions, with special prices Mediterranean migration, but is a problem faced by all European cities to varying for EUROCITES members. extents. Mayors were joined by Khaled Ali Bel Haj, Mayor of Sousse, Tunisia, and drew „ capacity up to 75 people three main conclusions: „ catering services „ European cities are the birthplace of democracy. Cities have a responsibility to ensure the integration of migrants into the democratic process. „ interpretation booths „ Cities should explore further how to assist developing democracies in building „ projection facilities stable political environments. „ complimentary WiFi „ Challenges vary from place to place, and from year to year, so it is impossible to „ special conditions on request generalise. Nevertheless, robust local frameworks should be developed that can adapt to tackle changing issues. „ half day rentals accepted Ghent and Gijon to host upcoming EUROCITIES events! During the conference in Genoa, it was confirmed that the cities of Ghent and Gijon will host two of our networking events in 2012 and 2013. Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent, will welcome delegates to his city for the 2013 EUROCITIES annual conference. Carmen Moriyón Entrialgo, Mayor of Gijon, will welcome participants at next years cooperation platform. This is an informal event providing networking opportunities primarily aimed at new contact officers. Contact and reservation - Olivier Baeselen, Hosting annual EUROCITIES events allows members to showcase their cities and local finance, HR and office manager: projects to the rest of the network. +32 (0) 2 552 08 82 meetingrooms@eurocities.eu Nicola Vatthauer, communications director: nicola.vatthauer@eurocities.euFlash 111 November 2011 3
  4. 4. cooperationCities of tomorrow - challenges, visions, ways forwardA new report published by the European Commission explores the future of European cities. The report argues that cities arecentral to the sustainable development ofthe EU and play a crucial role as engines ofeconomic recovery, as places of connectivity,creativity and innovation, and as centres ofservices for their surrounding areas. However, the European model ofsustainable urban development is underthreat due to demographic change, growingincome disparities, social polarisation,spatial segregation and urban sprawl. Thosechallenges can be turned into opportunitiesto create a resilient and inclusive economy,maximising the potential of socio-economic,cultural, generational and ethnic diversity circumstances, be cross-cutting, be based onand promoting a holistic approach to the participation of relevant stakeholders.environment and energy. The report, together with five more in- The report concludes that new forms depth thematic studies and ten case studiesof governance are essential to respond to of ‘good policies and practices of cities Cities of tomorrow: tinyurl.com/7dksjvathe future urban challenges. Governance tackling challenges’, is available at the link Dorthe Nielsen, policy advisor: below dorthe.nielsen@eurocities.eusystems need to be adapted to evolvingBuilding a database of best practices in architectural Let your city shine!and urban planning The European EFAP, the European Commission’s annualForum for Architectural ‘RegioStars’ awardsPolicies, is in the process recognise good practicesof building a web in regional developmentobservatory for sharing and highlight innovativeinnovative architectural projects which serve as anand urban practices example to other regions.throughout Europe. The 2013 awards will The aim of the project feature a new category,is to develop a database ‘CityStar’, focusing onthat everyone will be integrated approachesable to access and learn to sustainable development in cities. This is an idealfrom. opportunity to showcase a development project in your city. Cities are encouraged to submit proposals Objectives behind the which demonstrate the merits of an integratedplatform include: approach.„ reflecting on the changes in urban design and on living and working Successful cities will be asked to present their conditions; projects to an independent jury during the 2012„ providing a meeting place for people committed to improving urban Open Days, and an awards ceremony will take place landscape; and in February 2013. The deadline for 2013 entries is 20 April 2012, and details of the criteria can be found at„ disseminating information and experiences related to architectural and the link below. urban practices. EUROCITIES member Amsterdam was honoured at The website is still in the development phase and the EFAP is looking for this year’s ceremony for its ‘Smart City’ project; don’tcontributions to its database. If you think you have a suitable project, visit the miss the chance for your city to shine!website below.More information: www.underconstructions.eu RegioStars: tinyurl.com/3nt4ws8Soraya Zanardo, policy assistant – coordination & governance:soraya.zanardo@eurocities.eu 4 Flash 111 November 2011
  5. 5. cultureHighlights from the latest culture forumT he latest culture forum meeting in Antwerp on 26 – 29 October focused on ‘heritage, urban culture and democracy in Europe’. Discussionsrevolved around issues such as how cities dealwith their cultural heritage and urban cultureas a form of cultural identity. Cities sharedexperiences on how local heritage and urbancultural policies can contribute further to localdemocracy. A special focus was put on youngpeople and urban culture. Conclusions from the discussions will beused to prepare recommendations to citiesand to the European institutions. Claire Lyse Chambron, of the European through the arts for children and youngCommission’s DG education and culture, and will be available on our websitepresented the wide range of European shortly.funding programmes available to preserve „ The second event was a politicians’and strengthen urban heritage. discussion on relations between cities and museums. A Europe-wide study on Neutelings Riedijk architecten Two side events also took place alongside the topic was presented by the headthe forum: of research and studies of the Louvre museum in Paris. A discussion followed on„ The first event focused on education and the relationship between MAS (Museum culture. A strategic paper ‘start them aan de Stroom, the new Antwerp city young!’, was presented and well-received museum) and the city of Antwerp by members. Prepared by the education and culture group, the paper focuses on Julie Hervé, policy officer – culture: both education in the arts and education julie.herve@eurocities.eu What’s on the culture forum agenda for 2012? Reminder: Creative In 2012, the culture forum activities will to the European Year 2012 of Active Industries WG meeting focus around three key topics: Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity. in Rotterdam „ Access to culture „ WG mobility of artists and culture professionals will focus on responsible Rotterdam | 24-25 November „ Creative partnerships and sustainable cultural and artistic mobility, contribute to existing Coming up soon, the creative „ European funding programmes for the European information systems on industries working group will focus on post-2014 period. These encompass the mobility and strengthen cooperation cross-sectoral innovation led by creative future Creative Europe programme with professional networks of artists. industries. Rotterdam-based companies as well as the future cohesion policy regulations. will present their own experiences and „ WG resources for culture will closely stakeholders from Rotterdam, including follow the preparation of the future Below is a summary of working group knowledge institutes and creative European funding programmes activities in 2012: companies, will attend. affecting culture. It will also broaden „ WG young people and culture will the concept of resources for culture The meeting will take place at the continue to work on education and and look at non-financial resources; i.e. Creative Factory, a former silo stretching culture and, as a follow-up of the human resources and new skills needed. along one of the city’s canals, which was Antwerp forum, also intends to focus „ WG creative industries will also closely turned into a hub for creative businesses on young people and heritage as an monitor new developments in European in 2008. instrument for democracy, identity and policies and programmes supporting mutual understanding. the creative industries. The work plan of An agenda and practical information the WG will be discussed at the end of will be available shortly in the „ WG access to culture will carry on EUROCITIES members’ area. exchanging practical policies and November in Rotterdam. initiatives being implemented in cities The culture forum will meet twice in 2012: to encourage access to culture for all in Utrecht on 18-21 April and in Munich demographics. The WG will also link up at the end of October (exact dates to be announced soon). Julie Hervé, policy officer – culture: julie.herve@eurocities.euFlash 111 November 2011 5
  6. 6. economic developmentInvestment in metropolitan Europe will drive recoveryS peaking on our behalf at a Polish supports investment in transport and waste presidency conference on ‘effective management, for instance. instruments supporting territorial development’, in Warsaw on 24 October Commenting on the partnership contracts 2011, Tomasz Kayser, Deputy Mayor and operational programmes, Tomasz Kayserof Poznan welcomed the Commission draft stressed that elected governments, and inregulations on future cohesion policy. particular the leaders of major cities, must be around the table. The direct involvement Mr Kayser called the regulations a of local government is necessary to achieve“strong starting point” towards achieving coherent strategies, efficient spending andthe ambitious urban agenda, promised by better value for money. We are also interestedCommissioner Hahn, and said: “there are in the expanded EU dialogue promised by theclearly many innovations with the potential Commission’s proposal for an ‘urban platform’. and recently published two reports linked toto strengthen the role of cities delivering this variable geography (see page four)integrated development on the ground. On the minimum of 5% allocation forInvestment in metropolitan Europe will drive integrated urban development, Mr Kaysersmart, sustainable and inclusive growth for added: “if we agree that the integratedthe benefit of all – not only for those living in approach is the most effective, then we shouldcities.” be committed to resourcing it ambitiously. Nevertheless, the direct delegation of these He also highlighted “how EU funds directly funds to cities is a good start”.benefits the quality of life of Poznan’scitizens”: in Poznan, the cohesion fund We welcome the recognition that a focus on Marie Ranty, policy officer – economic functional areas will assist territorial cohesion, development: marie.ranty@eurocities.euA leap forward for cities in efficient cluster support Parliament and EUROCITIES aligned on public procurement Participants from all overEurope met for the CLUSNET On 25 October 2011, the European Parliamentproject’s final conference on voted in favour of MEP Heide Ruhle’s report on the13-14 October 2011 in Lyon, to Commission green paper on the modernisation ofdiscuss the results of the three- public procurement in the EU, published on 27 Januaryyear cooperation on city based 2011.cluster support policies. The Parliament’s position matches ours on several Chaired by renowned urbanist Greg Clark, the event proved an excellent points, for instance calling for clearer, simpler but alsoopportunity for cities to share views and experiences. Örjan Sölvell and Göran more flexible rules and ensuring a better involvementLindquist, professors from the Stockholm School of Economics, presented the of SMEs.project’s final report, ‘Organising clusters for innovation: lessons from city The report aims to replace the current evaluationregions in Europe’. The study highlights innovation gaps, the main challenges criteria, based solely on price, with the concept offor cluster management, and recommendations for overcoming these. Their “most advantageous offer”. This takes into accountresearch identified the two main ways of organising and managing clusters, the entire lifecycle costs of a good or service andand other aspects related to clusters and innovation. its sustainability. This is in line with our position of Nikos Pantalos, on behalf of the European Commission, gave a summary taking environmental, social and fairtrade criteria intoof EU initiatives on cluster support. He also shared his views on smart account.specialisation and the potential benefits of the internationalisation of clusters, The report also voices the need for more negotiatedfor example through the European Enterprise Network. CLUSNET cities also procedures, to provide cities with much-neededpresented their own experiences and lessons learnt from the project. flexibility in concluding an agreement. The evening reception, held in Lyon’s city hall, was hosted by Jean-Michel The Parliament also aims to better involve SMEs inDaclin, Vice President of Greater Lyon. public procurement with simplified rules including On the second day, participants took a tour of the Rhone-Alpes cinema only requesting original documents from shortlistedstudios, an important part of the Lyon media cluster, where they learnt about companies and the proposal of an ‘electronic‘imaginove’, one of the most important local clusters on media. procurement passport’. Financed by INTERREG IVC, the project brings together the cities of Lyon, The Commission’s new proposals for directives onBarcelona, Budapest, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leipzig, public procurement are expected in December.Manchester and Munich with EUROCITIES and the Stockholm School ofEconomics (SSE). The objective was to improve the effectiveness of clustersupport policies in larger European city-regions, exchanging best practicesbetween the participants and further developing international cooperationbetween clusters, cluster managers and cities. Marie Ranty, policy officer – economic development: marie.ranty@eurocities.euSusana Forjan, project officer: susana.forjan@eurocities.euCLUSNET website: www.clusnet.eu 6 Flash 111 November 2011
  7. 7. environmentConnecting Europe: better access to renewable energy?O n 19 October 2011, the European Commission adopted a To be eligible for funding, new energy transmission projects would plan for a €50 billion investment facility to support Europe’s need to prove that they would not be commercially viable without transport, energy and digital networks. The Connecting Europe EU funding. Other criteria state that new connections must facilitate Facility is to be a part of the EU’s 2014 – 2020 multiannual transmission of renewable energy, or that they support competition financial framework. between energy suppliers. Out of the €50 billion, the Commission would like to see €9.1 billioninvested in connecting energy grids. This should help link more EUcountries and make it easier to transfer energy over longer distances.An example would be transporting wind energy from offshore windparks to large inland cities. The Commission also expects the new Connecting Europe Facility: tinyurl.com/67m7f8eenergy networks to make energy supply more secure and energy Michael Klinkenberg, policy officer – environment:prices more reasonable. michael.klinkenberg@eurocities.euEnergy efficiency directive: final negotiations in CASCADE peer training on localParliament energy leadership The European Parliament’s energy committee (ITRE) continues itsdiscussions on the Commission proposal for an energy efficiency directive. Brussels | 14-15 November 2011Green MEP Claude Turmes is calling for an overall more ambitious proposalin his draft report, and we are maintaining contact with MEPs to influence The CASCADE project (Citiesthe Parliament negotiations. We continue to argue that the proposed target exchanging on local energyof renovating 3% of public buildings every year should be designed to leadership), launched in June 2011,be both effective and flexible. It should also be underpinned by sufficient is getting ready for the first seriesfunding. of networking and mutual learning activities. Parliamentarians have until 7 November 2011 to table amendments inthe energy committee. The Environment Council is expected to discuss the CASCADE partners will meet indirective on 24 November 2011. Brussels on 14-15 November 2011 for a training session on peer learning methodologies, organised by EUROCITIES. The training will equip city experts with the skills and tools to carry outEnergy efficiency directive: tinyurl.com/5stmg6n in-depth assessments of sustainable energy projectsEUROCITIES statement: tinyurl.com/6amhtncMichael Klinkenberg, policy officer – environment: michael.klinkenberg@eurocities.eu in a transnational context. Local stakeholders who collaborate with the cities in the implementation of local energy policies will also participate.Covenant of Mayors: Club Germany CASCADE partners will then arrange learning visits for the first half of 2012, including: On 25 October 2011, German signatories of the Covenant of Mayorsgathered in Heidelberg to inaugurate a national club. Of the 50 local • Birmingham and Tampere, on energy efficient authorities at the event, several were EUROCITIES members, including buildings and districts;Munich, Mannheim, Nuremberg and Frankfurt. • Nantes and Sunderland, on energy in urban By signing the Covenant, cities commit to reducing their CO2 emissions transport; andby at least 20%, through energy efficiency programmes. Platforms such asClub Germany are intended to help cities achieve the target by discussing • Genoa and Amsterdam, on renewable energy common issues and strengthening networking opportunities at national sources and distributed energy generation.level. It is also an opportunity to build awareness of the Covenant amongstcitizens. CASCADE partners include EUROCITIES as coordinator, expert partners Wuppertal Institute and Koucky The German signatories plan to meet twice a year and will exchange & Partners, and the following cities: Amaroussion,views in the meantime via an online discussion forum. It follows the lead of Amsterdam, Birmingham, Burgas, Edinburgh,similar clubs already in place in France and Croatia, and will eventually be Eindhoven, Gateshead, Genoa, Gijon, Malmo,replicated by nine other countries. Mannheim, Milan, Nantes, Stockholm, Sunderland, Tampere, Terrassa, Venice and Warsaw. As an official supporting structure of the Covenant of Mayors, and one ofthe five organisations managing the Covenant of Mayors Office, EUROCITIES The project is co-financed by the Europeanwas present at the launch of the German club. Commission’s Intelligent Energy Europe programme. Reminder! Covenant of Mayors annual ceremony to be held on 29 November at the European Parliament in Brussels. Jorgina Cuixart, project officer – environment:Covenant of Mayors: www.eumayors.eu jorgina.cuixart@eurocities.euDion Wierts, project officer – climate & energy: dion.wierts@eurocities.euFlash 111 November 2011 7
  8. 8. knowledge societyCities have key role to play in innovation and researchA round 100 EUROCITIES members and partners met on 20 - 21 Pia Laurila, from the European October 2011 in Eindhoven to discuss the role of cities in Commission’s DG research and open innovation systems and the new European framework innovation, gave an outlook programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020. on the upcoming Horizon 2020 framework programme.Participants took part in ‘open innovation cruises’, showcasing The scheme will integrate thecreative startups and research facilities in the Eindhoven region. current framework programme for research (FP7), theProfessor Sjoerd Romme of the Eindhoven University of Technology competitiveness and innovationgave a detailed overview of Eindhoven’s open innovation ecosystem, programme (CIP), and fundingled by Brainport Eindhoven. Key features which have ensured for the European InstituteBrainport Eindhoven’s success include: of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and will start with the new multiannual financial framework in 2014, until 2020.„ a cooperative venture of industry, education/research institutes and local government, allowing partners to pool resources and More information is available in the knowledge society section of the develop shared projects through a bottom-up approach; EUROCITIES members’ area„ the creation of, and proximity to, several campuses providing access to technical facilities and services, and creating a vibrant research community; and Sjoerd Romme’s presentation: tinyurl.com/63hc4f6„ the development of the advanced practice of precompetitive R&D Horizon2020: tinyurl.com/6kky79x collaboration, facilitated by the Brainport foundation. Jan Franke, policy officer - knowledge society: jan.franke@eurocities.euGreen Digital Charter portal launched! NiCE working lunch On 31 October 2011, the NiCE project launched the Green DigitalCharter web portal, an online information and resource exchange. Brussels | 29 November 2011 Green Digital Charter The website, run by the NiCE consortium, features information signatories will showcase theiron the Green Digital Charter (GDC) and the NiCE project, including commitments to reducingdetails on how to get involved in the project activities or become a CO2 emissions through ICTGDC signatory. during the Covenant of Mayors The website will demonstrate how cities are ceremony on 29 November 2011. The Networking building upon their commitment to use ICT as the intelligent Cities for Energy main driver to improve energy efficiency. Efficiency (NiCE) project is organising a working lunch in the European Parliament from 11.30 to 13.45. A set of reporting and action tools developed under the projectto assess cities’ statuses and compare their GDC achievements will be This event will profile the NiCE project, which supports theavailable on the website. In addition, the GDC web portal will include implementation of the Green Digital Charter, to mayors, cityan online library of policy developments and funding opportunities officers, experts and representatives of the EU institutions. Bristolfor ICT and energy efficiency, at both EU and national level. and Murcia will present their experiences so far, and three more cities will sign the Green Digital Charter.Green Digital Charter portal: www.greendigitalcharter.eu Registration: nice-lunch.eventbrite.comGiulia Campodonico, project officer – knowledge society: Giulia Campodonico, project officer – knowledge society:giulia.campodonico@eurocities.eu giulia.campodonico@eurocities.euOpen data guidebook Our open data working group is launching a guidebook for cities in summer 2012. It will include:„ open data in the context of open government initiatives„ how to work with local communities and citizens„ how to deal with cultural, financial, organisational and legal challenges„ technical guidance If you are interested in contributing, please contact working group chair, Wolfgang Both, or Jan Franke in the EUROCITIES Brussels office. Wolfgang Both, city of Berlin: wolfgang.both@senwtf.berlin.de Jan Franke, policy officer - knowledge society: jan.franke@eurocities.eu 8 Flash 111 November 2011
  9. 9. mobilityTowards a new transport infrastructureO n 19 October 2011, the Commission adopted a proposal for the revision of the TEN-T guidelines and another for a new fund, the Connecting Europe Facility. The objective of the TEN-T guidelines is to build a fullyintegrated trans-European transport network, concentrating on cross-border sections. The result will be a ‘dual-layer’ network, proposedby the Commission: a core network that addresses key bottlenecksand multimodal nodes (urban areas), to be completed by 2030; anda comprehensive network at regional and national levels that feedsinto the core network.The Connecting Europe Facility will be the main financial toolsupporting TEN-T under the 2014-2020 multiannual financialframework. Under the plan, which still needs approval from EUmember states and the European Parliament, €31.7 billion would beinvested in upgrading Europes transport infrastructure, including €10billion from the cohesion fund for transport projects. By focusing onenvironmentally-friendly transport solutions, the facility would lead Europe Facility proposal will probably also be addressed within theto a more sustainable future for European transport. It would also General Affairs Council, in December.give consumers more choice about how to travel. EUROCITIES has been working closely with the Commission andAt a recent press conference, Siim Kallas, European Commissioner has responded to all consultations on the TEN-T policy review,for Transport, highlighted that the focus of the proposals is on highlighting the importance of the urban dimension in these policies.“real European added value”. He further stated: “what we are We will continue to closely monitor the next steps in the Europeandoing is upgrading existing transport infrastructure to build missing institutions to ensure that cities’ interests are representedconnections, reduce congestion, and improve journey times. In short,we are filling in the gaps and joining up the dots.”The President of the Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, explainedthat from 2014, a project bond initiative would be incorporated intoConnecting Europe project under the new financial framework. Thisinitiative has the double objective of reviving project bond marketsand helping the promoters of individual infrastructure projects toattract long-term private sector debt financing. The Commissionproposes launching a pilot phase (with a budget of €230 million)focusing on five to ten projects in the period 2012-2013, still withinthe current multiannual financial framework.It is now the Council and Parliament’s turn to look at the proposals. Commission revision of TEN-T guidelines: tinyurl.com/3jd6hodThe revision of the TEN-T guidelines will be discussed at the transport Commission proposal on the Connecting Europe Facility: tinyurl.com/3js8urcCouncil meeting on 12 December 2011 in Brussels. The Connecting Vanessa Holve, policy officer - mobility: vanessa.holve@eurocities.eu Utrecht and Ghent win CIVITAS awards The city of Utrecht, chair of the logistical chain who actively commit to CO2- EUROCITIES Mobility Forum, was honoured reduction.” for its commitment to clean urban transport solutions at the CIVITAS forum conference Ghent, another member of the EUROCITIES 2011 in Funchal (Madeira), on 17 - 19 Mobility Forum, was rewarded in the public October 2011. participation category. The Belgian city was recognised for the “sheer breadth Utrecht was named CIVITAS ‘city of the of its actions to engage stakeholders on year’, thanks to its efforts stretching from sustainable urban transport policy.” targeting behavioural change to investment in public transport. The active involvement Since 2002, the CIVITAS (City-Vitality- of Utrecht’s citizens in the city’s public Sustainability) EU initiative has actively transport projects was another factor singled facilitated the sharing of best practice out by the jury. among more than 200 European cities to support cleaner and better public transport. The second successful bid for Utrecht was in the ‘technical innovation’ category, recognising the city’s sustainable freight transport solution. Frits Lintmeijer, Deputy More information: tinyurl.com/5wr774d Mayor of Utrecht, considered “the award Awards press release: tinyurl.com/69quxtr not only as recognition for the efforts of the Utrecht wins ‘lean and green award’: tinyurl.com/6xty3h7 municipality, but also for all parties in the Peter Staelens, project officer – mobility: peter.staelens@eurocities.euFlash 111 November 2011 9
  10. 10. social affairsInnovative employment policies in RotterdamD iscussions at the social affairs forum in which unemployed people must engage in an (such as Rotterdam’s Rotterdam on 6-7 October 2011 revealed approved activity for at least 20 hours a week, youth counter for socially that personalising services, balancing as well as match-and-work meetings, bringing excluded young people), rights and responsibilities and equipping unemployed people together with potential will best succeed if people with the right skills are issues employers. services are personalisedhigh on city agendas. Around 70 participants and integrated. However,from 20 cities gathered to highlight cities’ Paul Tilsley, chair of the social affairs to bring people intodifferent approaches to promoting local forum, and Korrie Louwes, Deputy Mayor of employment, settingemployment. Rotterdam for employment, stressed that the ambitious benchmarks is success of the Europe 2020 strategy depends not enough. Cities also Devolved responsibilities for labour market on such local initiatives taking place in cities. need resources allowingpolicies in the Netherlands mean that the Koos Richelle, Director General of the European them to innovate,city of Rotterdam has become a ‘test bed’ for Commission’s DG for employment, social affairs whether in the framework of European fundsemployment policies, operating a ‘work first’ and inclusion, underlined the importance of or national programmesapproach. Europe 2020 and the benchmarks it sets for all EU policies, including funding priorities. Marco Florijn, Deputy Mayor of Rotterdamfor social affairs, explained the city’s initiatives Feedback from workshops confirmed thatto get people into employment. These include policies on employment (such as Stockholm’s Anna Drozd, programme officer - social inclusion:the ‘full engagement’ programme, through local labour market policies) and education anna.drozd@eurocities.eu Integrating Cities Roma inclusion: peer review on mediators in Berlin conference, Amsterdam, On 24 - 26 October 2011, the city of Berlin hosted a peer review for members of the EUROCITIES task force on Roma inclusion. Colleagues from 14 EUROCITIES members, the Belgian 8-9 March 2012 national government and a number of European foundations exchanged views on mediator schemes in the educational sector. Having experienced waves of Roma migrants arriving from former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, and more recently from Bulgaria and Romania, Berlin is currently moving from single measures to a more coordinated policy for this vulnerable population group. With support from EU, federal and local funding, an NGO, RAA, has been running training and employment schemes The next Integrating Cities Conference, for mediators working at schools with large numbers of Roma pupils for nearly ten years. co-organised by the city of Amsterdam and Mediators concentrate on Roma pupils and their parents without excluding other pupils. Often, EUROCITIES, will be held on 8-9 of March support extends further and mediators may also provide help for parents in dealing with 2012. institutions. This latest conference, held under the Impressed with Berlin’s engagement, peers recommended: developing MIXITIES project - funded by the European Integration Fund - is the fifth in a series. mainstream policy mechanisms to manage further population change The conference, ‘Making integration work in Berlin; setting up a dedicated communications strategy; and in Europe’s cities’, aims to intensify the strengthening the evaluation of the mentors’ work. policy dialogue between EU institutions and local level actors on migrant The Berlin meeting was a step forward for using peer reviews as a mainstream tool for integration in Europe and help develop an mutual learning in our working groups. As proven by several projects, peer reviews conducted evidence-based EU policy on integration. according to a benchmark of jointly defined success factors can support mutual learning and policy evaluation. The Berlin peer review received organisational support from the For more details about the conference, European Foundation Centres forum on Roma inclusion and co-funding from the Freudenberg please visit the link below. Foundation. A report on the outcomes of the peer review and a workshop held during the Berlin meeting, on city contact points for mobile EU workers and Roma, will be available shortly on our website. More information: www.integratingcities.eu Ana Feder, project officer – migration & integration: Dirk Gebhardt, programme officer – social affairs: dirk.gebhardt@eurocities.eu ana.feder@eurocities.euCity for Children awards: apply now! Cities are invited to apply for the 4th with non-governmental organisations and EUROCITIES members Malmo, Zurich, European ‘City for Children’ awards by 15 institutions, and any city with more than Gothenburg, Liverpool, Munich, Antwerp and December 2011. 100,000 inhabitants can apply. Birmingham have picked up the award in the past. To enter your city, please visit the link The awards are an initiative of the European Entries will be judged by an international below. network, Cities for Children, and celebrate jury and the winners will be honoured at projects carried out in cities that demonstrate an awards ceremony at the Mercedes-Benz child-friendly neighbourhood planning. This museum in Stuttgart on 14 May 2012. can include projects carried out in cooperation Cities for Children: tinyurl.com/4x5kp9x 10 Flash 111 November 2011
  11. 11. city newsHousing exchange scheme in KrakowO ur latest good practice case study looks at Krakow’s housing give up their accommodation. In these cases, the municipality only exchange programme, which facilitates the transition of becomes involved if the deal involves public housing stock. residents into appropriate housing. Many factors can impact of the housing needs of families, such as disability, retirement As one of the biggest expenditures for city residents, it is essential and job loss. So, while some residents look for larger, more that the cost and quality of accommodation matches personal andexpensive accommodation, others are on the search for smaller, financial circumstances. It acts as a ‘safety mechanism’ for publiccheaper houses. housing stock, and helps to prevent eviction, social exclusion and mounting household debt. The housing exchange scheme provides a series of tools which allowcitizens to easily meet their changing housing needs. Interested parties One Krakow resident who benefited from the scheme remarked: “Participating in the dwelling exchange programme in return for payment of debts allowed me to avoid eviction and protect my family from bailiff proceedings. I was able to start all over again.” The scheme was widely publicised throughout the city, and has so far allowed 122 families to find accommodation of a higher standard. Meanwhile, 42 families have avoided eviction and the debt repayment scheme has collected nearly €300,000. The programme, whose total cost was nearly €4 million, has proven so successful that the city plans to continue it indefinitely. The full case study is available on the EUROCITIES websitecan share information and submit proposals to a ‘bank of exchanges’,while a ‘programme of exchanges’ offers tenants of public housing toupgrade their accommodation providing they can prove they have thefinancial means to maintain it. Residents may also exchange houses inreturn for the payment of household debt, and ‘voluntary exchanges’ Rose Montgomery, communications assistant:allow an exchange between two parties that have the legal right to rose.montgomery@eurocities.euMalaga, smart city EUROCITIES member Malaga has been ranked at thetop of a smart cities index produced by research firmIDC. The research looked at 44 Spanish cities with over150,000 inhabitants and found that Malaga’s eco-efficient city project demonstrated the most advancedlevel of technological implementation. The project, which integrates renewable energy sources into the grid, has already achieved a 20% energy saving in its target area. Malaga was joined in the top five by EUROCITIESmembers Barcelona, Madrid and San Sebastian as wellas Santander. Malaga won the EUROCITIES Innovationaward in 2009 for its pioneering interactive atlas ofsolar irradiation project. The research demonstrates theprogress being made in Spanish cities towards achievingsustainable and intelligent urban areas.More information: tinyurl.com/6etmwynSmart City Malaga: www.smartcitymalaga.esFlash 111 November 2011 11
  12. 12. events Covenant of Mayors annual ceremony 1200 participants 100 journalists 40 countries 29 November 2011 Hemicycle, European Parliament, Brussels www.eumayors.eu ceremony@eumayors.eu Cities for Active Inclusion annual Brussels 29 November 2011 conference Research findings from Cities for Active Inclusion www.eurocities-nlao.eu Future Cities 2011 15-16 December 2011 Sustainable development in cities www.rantrad.co.uk/rantrad-future-cities Smart Cities in 2011 Amsterdam 29-30 November 2011 Intelligent infrastructures for the information age www.smartcitiesglobal.com Forum on EU research and innovation Brussels 13 December 2011 What role for regions and cities after 2013? tinyurl.com/6cextgz Forum on European Year of Volunteering Brussels 26 January 2011 Regional and local authorities in action tinyurl.com/3qgyefk 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 111 November 2011 12