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N° 123                                EUROCITIES FLASH                                                                    ...
highlightsUpdate on procurement and concessionsO        n 18 December 2012, the European         Parliament’s internal mar...
highlightsNew forum chair officers meet in BrusselsT      he new chair officers of our six forums met in Brussels on 24   ...
cooperationSecond seminar on urban-rural partnershipsWarsaw | 24-25 April 2013U       rban-rural partnerships are high on ...
cultureCulture and innovation meet in FlorenceFlorence | 13-16 March 2013T      he next culture forum will meet in       F...
economic developmentEntrepreneurship 2020 action planE     uropean Commission vice president Antonio Tajani unveiled      ...
environmentEuropean Parliament vote on vehicle noiseT      he European Parliament report on the vehicle noise regulation, ...
knowledge societyGreen Digital Toolkit: new platform for citiesN        iCE (Networking intelligent Cities for Energy Effi...
mobilityIrish EU presidency: transport prioritiesI    reland took over the six-month rotating presidency of the           ...
social affairsOur report on city responses to homelessnessN        ine of our members contributed to our new report on wha...
city newsCities in action: eCopper, OuluO     ulu’s eCopper project was the winner of our innovation award      at EUROCIT...
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  1. 1. N° 123 EUROCITIES FLASH Feb 2013 an information service for EUROCITIES membersA citizens’ recovery New appeal not to cut EU budget T his is the European Year of Citizens. It needs to be. For there is little doubt that the European project for cities Our president and mayor of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, has made a fresh plea to the EU Council not to cut the part of the EU’s long-term budget that can be used no longer attracts the by Europe’s cities.popular support it once did. Europe issuffering an intense crisis of legitimacy. The multiannual financial framework,Its distance from citizens is a particular which determines the size of the annualweakness. EU budget from 2014 to 2020, is set to be discussed at a crucial summit on 7-8 FebruaryYet we can see from the United States that 2013 when EU Council president Herman Vansustaining an effective democracy of multi- Rompuy is confident a deal will be struck.level governance across a whole continent The mayors appeal is for member states topresents real challenges. In spite of the ensure a fairer share of funding for urbanprofile of the presidential office there, and priorities and cities from the EU budget,the massive electoral engagement it entails, because this investment can bring importantthe US federal government is widely seen as advantages for Europes competitiveness inremote and dysfunctional. the longer term.This mattered less in times of steady The mayor adds that 85% of the EU’s GDPgrowth. But when economies falter, these is generated in cities and therefore they Furthermore, at a time when publicmost strategic institutions of government should be receiving a fairer share of the spending is being squeezed throughout(on both sides of the Atlantic) seem funds available from the EU. Instead, many of Europe and the EU budget might be cut,incapable of finding effective solutions. Europe’s less populated and predominantly Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz maintains that agricultural regions are receiving up to five the EU should direct spending where itMeanwhile city mayors, closest to the times as much funding per capita through makes the greatest and most visible impact.citizen, are faced with the daily challenges the Common Agricultural Policy compared It is therefore cities, with 75% of the EU’sof delivery. Their accountability is direct to that which urban areas receive through population, where this ‘better spending’and immediate. So the more strongly we structural funds. should be concentrated. The opinion piececan connect the local and the strategic, and was featured in a number of key EU media.the more we can bring Europe to serve ourcitizens’ priorities, the clearer they will seethe salience of the European project. More information: bit.ly/VqM5QR Of course there is no greater priority now Dorthe Nielsen, senior policy advisor: dorthe.nielsen@eurocities.euthan jobs. Europe must show how it cansupport economic recovery at the locallevel. Our cities have massive potential:human capital, infrastructure, producers Also in this issueand consumers, the buzz and capacity forinnovation. This is the ‘smart sustainable Update on procurement and concessions 2and inclusive’ growth envisaged by Europe2020. Second seminar on urban-rural partnerships 4With the new EU budget under intensediscussion, here is the chance to Culture and innovation meet in Florence 5demonstrate Europe’s relevance to theeveryday lives of citizens. For 2013 to Entrepreneurship 2020 action plan 6be a year for citizens, Europe should besupporting city mayors across the continentwith serious resources for growth and jobs. Parliament plenary to vote on vehicle noise 7 Green Digital Toolkit: new platform for cities 8 Irish EU presidency: transport priorities 9 Our report on city responses to homelessness 10Paul Bevan Cities in action: eCopper, Oulu 11Secretary general, EUROCITIES EUROCITIES annual report and work programme 12
  2. 2. highlightsUpdate on procurement and concessionsO n 18 December 2012, the European Parliament’s internal market committee (IMCO) voted on MEP Marc Tarabella’s report on the draft publicprocurement directive. We had discussedthe report with the rapporteur and shadow directive on concessions. MEPS backed the European Commission position that this directive is necessary. Our position was that the proposed directive was over-prescriptive and we argued for a lighter approach, with the sole obligation to publish concessionrapporteur, and believe the final report notices and concession award notices. Unlikeis quite balanced. Our members welcome public procurement, where there is alreadythe fact that instead of simply accepting a common approach, services concessionsthe lowest bid, public authorities will have legislation is very diverse across EU membermore scope to include environmental states according to different historic andconsiderations as well as social objectives, such cultural models. Fortunately the text adoptedas buying from firms with a particular social is far less prescriptive than the text proposedprofile. They also appreciate the fact that by the European Commission. MEPs expanded the concept of ‘innovationpartnerships’ to encourage innovation: under On both dossiers, the political groupthis procedure the public authority states the coordinators are discussing whether to openminimum requirements but leaves it up to the negotiations with the Council for an earlytenderer how best to achieve these goals. first-reading agreement or to submit the IMCO reports to a Parliament plenary vote On 24 January 2013, IMCO adopted MEPPhilippe Juvin’s report on the proposed Marie Ranty, policy advisor: marie.ranty@eurocities.euMIPIM Mayors’ Think Tank EUROCITIES in 2012 and 2013 Our annual report 2012 and work programme 2013 isCannes | 13 March 2013 now available. Paper copies have been sent to cities and an The fifth edition of the Mayors’ Think Tank will take place on 13 March online version is available at the link below.2013 in Cannes, France within the context of MIPIM, the world’s propertymarket. This closed-door event for mayors and top political leaders willfocus this year on ‘Local authorities’ perspectives and opportunitiesfor the next decade’ and ‘What are the measures of attractiveness andcompetitiveness?’. Secretary general Paul Bevan will moderate one of theroundtables. Following the Mayors Think Tank, an invitation-only lunch will gathera selection of corporate end-users and political leaders, providing anotherunique opportunity to network, explore valuable ventures and initiate newbusiness. For more information, contact MIPIM conferences manager MaudChevalier or visit the MIPIM website, below. Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, EUROCITIES president & Frank Jensen, EUROCITIES president 2010-2012; courtesy of Christiane Blanchard, Nantes MetropoleMaud Chevalier, MIPIM conferences manager: maud.chevalier@reedmidem.com MIPIM: www.mipim.com Annual report 2012 and work programme 2013: bit.ly/Yx0lIx Staff news Name: Yannick Bousse Name: Ioanna Tsalakanidou Function: project coordinator Function: project coordinator Working languages: EN, NL Working languages: GR, EN Yannick Bousse, who previously completed a Ioanna joined our projects team on work experience placement in our environment 4 February 2013 and is responsible for forum and worked as project support officer – mobility, will coordinating CASCADE and developing new projects in the area remain with us until 30 September 2013 to work on our mobility of environment and energy. She joins us from the Regional Energy projects EPOMM, CIVITAS VANGUARD and TIDE. Amongst Agency of Central Macedonia/Development Agency of Eastern other responsibilities, Yannick will be lobbying for increased Thessaloniki’s local authorities in Greece. She holds a degree in mobility management at EU level for EPOMM, ensuring the environmental engineering and an MSc in built environment. She is quality and standard of publications for CIVITAS VANGUARD and Greek and speaks fluent English. communication and dissemination activities for TIDE. Yannick Bousse, project coordinator: Ioanna Tsalakanidou, project coordinator: ioanna.tsalakanidou@eurocities.eu yannick.bousse@eurocities.eu 2 Flash 123 February 2013
  3. 3. highlightsNew forum chair officers meet in BrusselsT he new chair officers of our six forums met in Brussels on 24 Other challenges around forum work and meetings were also January 2013 to learn more about each others’ forums, to discussed, such as how to increase the participation of politicians, how discuss common challenges and share ideas for the year ahead. to ensure a good geographical representation in all forums, as well as issues arising from working groups meeting alongside forums or They identified a set of priority issues that cuts across the separately.work of a number of the forums, including financing opportunitiesfor cities, green growth, cultural heritage, (e)inclusion, innovation, The set of recommendations put forward by the previous forumservices of general interest and urban-rural linkages. They discussed chairs in a ‘legacy document’ were considered, and the grouppossibilities for addressing the issues together through joint forums or discussed how best to use our communication tools and project workworking group meetings and using virtual networking tools. related to the forumsVanda Knowles, policy director: vanda.knowles@eurocities.euUpdate from the executive committee Integrating Cities VI Our executive committee (ExCom) met meeting. Ghent gave an overview of the Tampere | 9-10 September 2013alongside the newly-elected forum chairs in programme for the annual conference onBrussels on 25 January 2013. Two new cities 27-29 November 2013 on smart citizens. Our Integrating Cities VI conference willwere welcomed into the ExCom: Barcelona take place in Tampere on 9-10 Septemberand Turin. The next ExCom meeting will be held at 2013 alongside the international Metropolis politicians’ level together with forum chairs Conference at Tampere Hall. More information Members were updated on budget issues, (see box below) on 1 March 2013 in Brussels to follow shortly on the website below.forum strategy papers for 2013, policy andproject developments. Preparations for thecooperation platform in Espoo on 16-17 Tara Schneider Appriou, executive assistant: Thomas Jézéquel, project coordinator: May 2013 were also presented during the tara.schneiderappriou@eurocities.eu thomas.jezequel@eurocities.eu Integrating Cities: www.integratingcities.euRelaunching working group waste Interview with Håkon Jentoft from Oslo city level with the relevant EU institutions All this sounds very(pictured): highlighting, for example, the need for promising. Is it possible for effective waste prevention policies at EU and other EUROCITIES members Oslo will run for working group chair member state level. to join the group?at the next meeting on 13 March 2013 inNuremberg. What will be the group’s main Absolutely, we alwayspriorities in 2013? welcome new members! What will be the focus of your other If your city is interested in We are looking to revive the group and activities this year? sharing best practices andonce again get city experts involved to share influencing EU waste legislation, you canbest practice and influence EU legislation. Our work has always involved the nominate a waste expert for the group byThe Commission is planning to work on an exchange of best practices for sustainable sending an email to Michael Klinkenberg atoverall waste legislation review this year waste management, including issues such as the EUROCITIES secretariat (details below).which could have a big impact on cities. waste-to-energy, municipal waste or the useWe’d also like to contribute to future EU of economic instruments to encourage waste More information: bit.ly/Xa0H6V work on food waste. We’re therefore aiming prevention. We will resume these activities Michael Klinkenberg, policy advisor: to share our views and experiences from the in 2013! michael.klinkenberg@eurocities.eu New forum chairs in pictures Culture: Matteo Economic Environment: Knowledge society: Mobility: Christian Social affairs: Henk Lepore, development: Nick James McKay, Daniël Termont, Specht, Kool, deputy mayor, Small, councillor, councillor, mayor, Ghent first deputy mayor, deputy mayor, The Bologna Liverpool Birmingham Mannheim HagueFlash 123 February 2013 3
  4. 4. cooperationSecond seminar on urban-rural partnershipsWarsaw | 24-25 April 2013U rban-rural partnerships are high on the EU policy agenda. Both the European Parliament and Council would like would like these urban-rural linkagesto be reinforced in the ongoing negotiations This is an important opportunity for policy makers and stakeholders at European, national, regionalon the future cohesion policy. The reasons areclear: improved territorial cohesion through and local level to better understandbetter accessibility to services; stimulation the practical aspects of urban-of economic development and job creationthrough stronger integration of functional rural partnerships and influenceareas; increased resource efficiency; and their implementation in futurebetter use of land through more developedterritorial governance. EU cohesion policy and rural a comprehensive OECD study also includes a In collaboration with the Polish Mazovia development. desk study on existing evidenceregion and the OECD, the European This follows a first seminar in Metz inCommission is organising a seminar in Warsaw Programme: bit.ly/10v0xas November 2012 and is part of a preparatoryon sustainable urban-rural partnership on 24- Video examples of urban-rural partnerships: action carried out for the European25 April 2013. It will focus on implementation: bit.ly/WmBbKf Parliament, which in addition to Soraya Zanardo, policy assistant – coordinationhow to put sustainable urban-rural & governance: soraya.zanardo@eurocities.eupartnerships into practice. Cooperation working groups in 2013 2013: launch of the Irish presidency of the EU This year sees a few changes in the working groups under ‘For stability, jobs and our cooperation strand of work. Four will remain directly growth’ is the title of the monitored by the executive committee: Irish EU presidency’s six- month term, which began „„ orking group governance: led by Strasbourg (chair) and w on 1 January 2013. Ireland Gothenburg (vice chair). It will continue to monitor our has branded itself as a relations with the main EU institutions. It is also likely country driving recovery in to work on initiatives relating to the European Year of Europe and its presidency Citizens and the multilevel governance system being programme will revolve around three main themes: discussed and sketched out through various projects in the EU. 1. People-centred recovery, designed to last: Ireland wants to ensure lasting stability in the EU, starting with a renewal of economic „„ working group European Neighbourhood Policy and governance. Focus will be on the Banking Union and financial services enlargement: Vienna, Tbilisi and Beyoglu-Istanbul share reform, coupled with improved economic coordination through the the lead this year. They will continue to work on cultural European Semester process. In tandem with this, the Irish presidency programmes of cooperation between EU and non-EU will focus on youth unemployment. Ireland intends to ensure cities. momentum behind the Youth Employment and Social Investment „„ askforce on the EU budget: the multiannual financial t packages and secure agreement on decisions in the areas of health, framework (MFF), which is the EU budget for 2014 – mobility and education. 2020, should be agreed by member states during the first 2. Investment in job-friendly growth and in Europe’s resources: quarter of 2013. Negotiations will then begin between Ireland will push ahead with legislation to promote Europe’s digital the European Council and Parliament. If successful, these economy and will pursue a number of measures aimed at SMEs, should lead to a final agreement by the summer. Our recognised as the highest-potential growth and employment source taskforce will monitor negotiations and continue to make in Europe. Measures will include improved access to credit, public the case for a budget that promotes urban priorities and procurement opportunities and research funding. Ireland will play ensures investments in cities. a vital part in securing agreement on the EU’s budget 2014-2020, „„ orking group public services: chaired by Vienna, it will w which will lead to sector-specific work on areas such as the reform of continue the ongoing influencing work based on our common agricultural policy (CAP), cohesion policyand the Horizon 2020 position on concessions contracts and state aid. It will research framework programme. Ireland will place particular focus on also begin work with WG housing (social affairs forum) the potential of Europe’s natural resources on land as well as at sea, on social housing issues, and with our mobility forum on putting the green economy agenda back on track as an engine for transport services. It will also continue to cooperate with smart, sustainable growth. our city experts group on public procurement. 3. Europe and the world: a win-win engagement with EU and global partners. Ireland will prioritise trade, and work towards opening new markets, creating new opportunities for enterprise, leading to more jobs and growth. Soraya Zanardo, policy assistant – coordination & governance: soraya.zanardo@eurocities.eu Irish presidency: www.eu2013.ie Dorthe Nielsen, senior policy advisor: dorthe.nielsen@eurocities.eu 4 Flash 123 February 2013
  5. 5. cultureCulture and innovation meet in FlorenceFlorence | 13-16 March 2013T he next culture forum will meet in Florence on 13-16 March 2013 to discuss Living culture - European cities towards the future. We will focus in particular A second plenary session will include a keynote speech from MEP Silvia Costa, rapporteur on the Creative Europe programme. She will reflect on culture in the next generation of European funding programmes (2014-2020) and on the role of on how cities use innovative culture in local development. solutions in their cultural The five culture forum working groups will policies and activities. also meet in Florence at various cultural locations, to include technical tours. Last butThis can be technological or non- not least, we invite you to join us for guidedtechnological innovation including, for walks to discover the cultural treasures ofexample, social innovation and new forms of Florence.funding or governance. We would like to hear Call for contributions: from your city, so please answer our call for Please register for the meeting by 15 February www.surveymonkey.com/s/2RQWD77 contributions by 15 February 2013. 2013 Julie Hervé, policy advisor: julie.herve@eurocities.euParliament votes on Creative Europe The European Parliament’s culture committee adopted a report to keep them separate. If kept separate, increased coordination andon the proposed Creative Europe programme for 2014-2020 on 18 cooperation between them would be expected.December 2012. The report was passed with numerous amendmentsand has now been tabled for a vote in the next plenary session. Many of the amendments passed reflect our position on the programme, referring to the intrinsic value of culture, innovation The committee voted for Creative Europe to operate as a framework and risk taking, inclusion, mobility of artists and the use of bothprogramme with separate culture and media programmes operating quantitative and qualitative performance indicators.under the same umbrella, but with separate objectives. They alsovoted to give member states the right to choose whether to mergethe current national Culture Contact Points and MEDIA Desks or to opt Julie Hervé, policy advisor: julie.herve@eurocities.eu Marseille-Provence and Kosice take over Irish presidency presents culture priorities as European Capitals of Culture On Wednesday 23 January 2013, Jimmy Deenihan, Irish minister The opening ceremonies of for arts, heritage and Gaeltacht, presented the Irish presidency’s the two new European Capitals culture priorities to the European Parliament’s culture and of Culture 2013 took place education committee. in January. The festivities in Marseille-Provence marked the The initial focus will be on reaching agreements on the Creative start of a year of events, which Europe and Europe for Citizens programmes. Regarding the will be spread across the whole Creative Europe programme, the minister acknowledged that region, encouraging visitors and there were certain areas where the positions of the Parliament residents to explore what the and the Council needed to be reconciled, but was confident that area has to offer. The ‘Euro- these differences could be overcome. Mediterranean workshops’ project will focus on cultural He stressed the importance of securing adequate funding for cooperation and exchange the programme, including the planned financial guarantee facility between countries in the for the cultural and creative sector, and also of reaching an early Mediterranean region. clarification on the question of funding, so as not to put the start of the programme in jeopardy. The ‘Interface’ project in Kosice seeks to use the city’s Two further priorities were also presented. Firstly, the need border location as a platform to progress the proposal for the continuation of the European for communication, innovative Capitals of Culture programme beyond 2019. Secondly, the ideas and cultural exchanges. importance of recognising and developing the role of culture as Events throughout 2013 will a soft power in external relations. The Council is considering a showcase the city as a crossroads policy debate on this topic and was also keen to stress the success between east and west and as a of the recent programme of cultural cooperation with China, place which supports culture and which is to be continued. creativity. Julie Hervé, policy advisor: julie.herve@eurocities.eu Julie Hervé, policy advisor: julie.herve@eurocities.euFlash 123 February 2013 5
  6. 6. economic developmentEntrepreneurship 2020 action planE uropean Commission vice president Antonio Tajani unveiled a long-awaited Entrepeneurship 2020 action plan on 9 January 2013. It is designed to support entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial culture in Europe. In the current economic crisis, new and young „„ econd chances for s honest entrepreneurs after bankruptcy „„ administrative simplification businesses represent a key ingredient for job-rich The Commission also recovery in Europe. intends to promote entrepreneurship in specific segments of theAlmost 40% of Europeans would choose to be their own boss given population: women,the chance. If this potential could be exploited, millions of new senior citizens, migrantbusinesses would be created. populations, and the unemployed.The plan covers six key areas where action is needed to create an We emphasised many of these points in our response to theenvironment in which entrepreneurs can flourish: Commission consultation on the action plan from September 2012. The Commission and member state governments will implement the„„ access to finance proposed actions between 2013 and 2017„„ upport during the crucial phases of the business lifecycle s„„ nleashing new business opportunities of the digital age u More information: bit.ly/Trhjdo „„ asier transfers of business ownership e Julie Hervé, policy advisor: julie.herve@eurocities.euUpdate from Commissioner Hahn on structural funds EDF in 2013 As the trialogue on the structural funds Nick Small,regulations between the European Council, Liverpool cityParliament and Commission continues, councillor and chairCommissioner Hahn met with the Brussels-based of our economicregional offices on 22 January 2013 to give an development forumupdate on recent developments. (EDF), and Carolien Gehrels, deputy The commissioner hopes there will not be further cuts to cohesion policy mayor of Amsterdamin the negotiations on the multiannual financial framework. If the allocation and vice chair of thefor cohesion policy is reduced, the Commission would have to consider EDF (both pictured),reviewing the proposed structure of the policy, which currently includes met on 11 Januarythree categories of regions: more developed, transition and less developed. 2013 to finalise their 2013 strategy. Negotiations on the structural funds regulations are expected to concludebefore the summer and are currently further advanced than negotiations on The EDF will meet three 2013. The first meeting willCAP and the maritime and fisheries fund. be in Turin on 10-12 April, and will focus on how cities can attract investment through initiatives ranging The Commission is concerned about negotiations on thematic from urban planning through to enterprise policy. Theconcentration i.e. the focus of the majority of spending on a few key second forum will be held in Tampere on 17-19 Juneobjectives. Member states and the Parliament are aiming to include more on open innovation. The third takes place in Glasgowinvestment objectives and reduce the proposed level of concentration. The in the autumn, where members will discuss youthCommission worries this will undermine the effectiveness of the policy, which entrepreneurship.would have little impact if spread too thinly. The seven EDF working groups this year are: cohesion Parliament and Council have reached agreement on strategic policy; entrepreneurship and SMEs; innovation;programming, which should allow member states and managing authorities integrated urban development; metropolitan areas;to start developing their operational programmes. The Commission will city branding and attractiveness (previously under theissue a template for the partnership agreements shortly and is encouraging executive committee); and a new working group onmember states to have a first draft of their partnership agreements ready for international economic relations.June 2013. Nick Small and Carolien Gehrels also agreed to The delegation of funding to sub-regional authorities, including cities, is further involve businesses, universities and researchstill being discussed. Commissioner Hahn said the Council and Parliament centres in EDF conferences.are looking at voluntary measures, mainly due to significant resistancein member states but also because of a variable capacity to manage and They also agreed to organise a meeting for EDFimplement programmes in cities and other local authorities, irrespective politicians in September 2013, where they will agree onof their size. Citing the example of Rotterdam managing an urban the EDF political messages for the year ahead.operational programme on behalf of Utrecht, The Hague and Amsterdam,the commissioner said they still hope to persuade member states to delegatefunding. More information: marie.ranty@eurocities.eu Dorthe Nielsen, senior policy advisor: dorthe.nielsen@eurocities.eu 6 Flash 123 February 2013
  7. 7. environmentEuropean Parliament vote on vehicle noiseT he European Parliament report on the vehicle noise regulation, adopted on 6 February 2013, does not aim to reduce noise levels as much as we had asked for but is more positive from a city point of view than the initial draft report. After long and controversial discussions over recent months, the vote on the key amendment on noise limits wasparticularly tight, with 307 in favour and 292 against. In addition to new noise limit values, the Parliament report also foresees a noise labelling scheme for new cars, a measure we had called for.MEPs also demand mandatory acoustic vehicle alerting systems for electric and hybrid cars, inparticular to protect visually-impaired pedestrians in urban areas. The new report will be thebasis for negotiations with the CouncilMichael Klinkenberg, policy advisor: michael.klinkenberg@eurocities.eu Improving air quality through the Covenant of Mayors 2013 Ceremony Year of Air 2013 Brussels | 24 June 2013 In preparation for its proposal Monday 24 June 2013 has been on the review of EU air quality confirmed for the next Covenant of policy during the ‘Year of Air Mayors Signature Ceremony which 2013’, the European Commission takes place in Brussels in parallel has launched a stakeholder with EU Sustainable Energy Week consultation on relevant policy (EUSEW). options. We are currently working on a response, which follows our submission to the High-profile speakers are again Commission’s September 2011 questionnaire (see link below). expected to attend this fourth edition of the Covenant ceremony, including Meanwhile, new research underlines the need for a presidents of European institutions, European commissioners, MEPs, city comprehensive policy and effective source policies to tackle air mayors and other high-ranking officials from the EU, national, regional pollution. A study by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre and local administrations. (JRC) indicates that diesel cars are likely to continue to emit more harmful gases in real driving conditions than during As the initiative enters its fifth year, the ceremony represents an the test procedure. The new Euro 6 emission standard, to be opportunity to take stock of previous achievements and anticipate future introduced in 2014, would therefore not reduce emissions as developments in the context of the economic crisis and the quest for much as foreseen in the legislation. A new test procedure that growth and jobs. aims at more realistic results is under development. The venue is still to be confirmed. More information will be communicated shortly by the Covenant of Mayors Office. Air quality review: ec.europa.eu/environment/air/review_air_policy.htm EUROCITIES response to 2011 Commission questionnaire: bit.ly/WuwNvW EUSEW: www.eusew.eu Commission JRC study: bit.ly/VkzUmU Covenant of Mayors: www.eumayors.eu Michael Klinkenberg, policy advisor: michael.klinkenberg@eurocities.eu Sandra Ramos, project coordinator: sandra.ramos@eurocities.euFinancing and policy for smart Energy Performance Member states endorse EUand sustainable cities Contracting webinar water strategy European environment ministersNuremberg | 13-15 March 2013 Webinar | 14 February 2013 endorsed the European Commission’s Our environment forum meets jointly with Through our involvement with the ‘Blueprint to safeguard Europe’s waterour knowledge society forum in Nuremberg Covenant of Mayors Office, we will be resources’ at their final European Councilon 13-15 March 2013, in conjunction with a organising a webinar with Berlin and meeting of 2012. They underlined thatNiCE (Networking intelligent Cities for Energy the Berlin Energy Agency as part of significant efforts and actions are stillEfficiency) roadshow. See page 8 for more the Energy Performance Contracting needed to preserve and improve thedetails. (EPC) campaign. The webinar will be quality of water in Europe, including in German and targets German cities better implementation of the EU Water wishing to find out more about this Framework Directive. The Commission will alternative financing scheme. More work on proposals to achieve these goals. information on the EPC and the webinar These are likely to affect local authorities’ can be found using the links below. water management. EPC campaign: bit.ly/QLGvKr More information: bit.ly/XHx2Qp Webinar: bit.ly/14qWaSE Michael Klinkenberg, policy advisor: More information (members’ area): bit.ly/11pHfGX Sandra Ramos, project coordinator: michael.klinkenberg@eurocities.eu sandra.ramos@eurocities.euFlash 123 February 2013 7
  8. 8. knowledge societyGreen Digital Toolkit: new platform for citiesN iCE (Networking intelligent Cities for Energy Efficiency) launched its Green Digital Charter (GDC) Toolkit to cities at its second training session on 28 January 2013.It is an online platform designed to support cities in realising theirGDC commitments. It enables them to browse other cities’ activities,information and tools, and to share their own; exchange ideas;monitor the status of their GDC implementation; and compare withthe Covenant of Mayors (CoM) reporting procedures.While it was originally developed only for GDC signatories, the GreenDigital Toolkit is now accessible to everyone: potential signatorycities, stakeholders and individuals. It is separated into public areas,accessible to everyone, and private areas, dedicated to signatories.Anyone can browse the list of shared tools and activities and accessthe reporting and action tools, but signatory cities benefit fromadditional features, such as:„„ haring their own green and digital tools and activities s„„ ating, commenting on and collecting the tools uploaded by r other cities The Green Digital Toolkit is available through the GDC and NiCE„„ eviewing and monitoring their activities in relation to the GDC r project portal, below and the CoM Toolkit: www.greendigitalcharter.eu/toolkit „„ osting questions and requests and exchanging with other p Giulia Campodonico, project coordinator: giulia.campodonico@eurocities.eu signatories Commission sets out digital priorities Joint KSF and EEF with NiCE 2013-2014 roadshow The European Commission set out its new digital priorities for 2013-2014 in and directive; update EU Nuremberg | 13-15 March 2013 an 18 December 2012 communication. copyright On 13-15 March 2013, the joint knowledge society This is its new strategy for increasing framework; forum (KSF) and environment forum (EEF) takes place broadband investment and maximising accelerate along with the second NiCE roadshow in Nuremberg. the digital sector’s contribution to cloud Europe’s recovery. computing The agenda will include a political discussion on policy through public sector buying power; for smart cities with city examples. Participants will The strategy outlines a number of launch new electronics industrial also learn about innovative financing schemes being actions designed to deliver a net gain strategy. implemented by cities. of 3.8 million new European jobs in the long-term and an annual boost of €1,500 These new priorities could have an Study visits will take place around Nuremberg linked per person to EU GDP (around 5%) over impact on city and local authorities, to the implementation of the Green Digital Charter as the next eight years. ranging from the regulatory part of the NiCE roadshow. environment for broadband (relating to Seven priorities make up the broadband infrastructure), cybersecurity The event will also be an opportunity for cities to new Digital Agenda: create a new (KSF now has a cybersecurity working sign up to the Green Digital Charter in front of EU and stable broadband regulatory group), cloud computing and public representatives and other colleagues. environment; new public digital digital services through the Connecting service infrastructures through the Europe Facility. This facility has a The full agenda and invitation will follow shortly. Connecting Europe Facility; launch a proposed budget of €9.2 billion for high Grand Coalition on Digital Skills and speed broadband investment. Jobs; propose EU cybersecurity strategy Green Digital Charter – interested in signing?: bit.ly/WWjFMd George Niland, policy advisor: george.niland@eurocities.eu George Niland, policy advisor: george.niland@eurocities.eu Giulia Campodonico, project coordinator: giulia.campodonico@eurocities.eu New chair Ghent hosts first forum meeting The knowledge society forum hosted its first 2013 meeting on 29 January in Brussels: this was also the first meeting under the chairmanship ofDaniël Termont, mayor of Ghent. It was split into two sessions: the morning session looked at the future strategy for the KSF, particularly for 2013. Participants then heard from:the European Commission’s Peter Fatelnig about the Commission’s work on future internet public-private partnerships; EUROCITIES projectmanager Nathalie Guri on current funding calls; and MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho, rapporteur for one of the EP Horizon 2020 reports, on thestate of play and the EP perspective on Horizon 2020.George Niland, policy advisor: george.niland@eurocities.eu 8 Flash 123 February 2013
  9. 9. mobilityIrish EU presidency: transport prioritiesI reland took over the six-month rotating presidency of the MEPs stressed that the EU on 1 Janaury 2013. Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s minister for European Commission’s transport, tourism and sport, presented the following transport proposals on TEN-T priorities to MEPs at the European Parliament’s transport and CEF should not becommittee meeting on 21 Janaury 2013: subjected to changes that would affect, for example,„„ onnecting Europe Facility (CEF) regulation C the funding available.„„ evised Trans-European Networks for Transport (TEN-T) guidelines r Reporting on the„„ ourth rail package f achievements of the preceding Cypriot„„ airports package presidency, Efthemios Varadkar used the opportunity to point out that while in the Flourentzou, Cypriot minister for communications and works, focusedcurrent economic context many member states are not ideally placed on outcomes such as the new tachograph regulation and high-levelto invest in the transport sector, investments nevertheless must be conferences, for example on ICT and road safety.made. Over recent months we have contributed to shaping the TEN-T and They will therefore need to make the best use of CEF dossiers and will continue to follow developments closely during Connecting Europe Facility funding opportunities. the Irish presidency Given the clear need to promote, develop and implement new More information: bit.ly/W0gBlD multimodal and sustainable transport strategies within the EU, Vanessa Holve, policy advisor: vanessa.holve@eurocities.eu 20 years of the single market, SEGMENT seminar at next mobility 20 achievements in transport forum The European Commission recently „„ reaking down barriers and making b published a report presenting 20 Europe’s roads safer Gothenburg | 16 April 2013 successes that Europe has achieved for The publication emphasises the transport after 20 years of the single EU’s efforts to reduce pollution in market. The list includes: cities, for example through the fuel „„ aising awareness about passenger r quality directive and projects such as rights and making jobs in transport CIVITAS, which use an integrated and participatory approach to change the SEGMENT hosts its final seminar on 16 April 2013 safer way we travel around cities. from 15.30-17.30 as part of the next mobility forum in „„ educing both pollutants in cities r Gothenburg. and the impact of transport on the environment Two partner cities will explain how they have More information: bit.ly/10MuSpX developed and implemented a segmented approach „„ aking it cheaper and more m Vanessa Holve, policy advisor: to marketing sustainable transport. Group discussions convenient to travel across Europe vanessa.holve@eurocities.eu will allow members to discuss segmentation as a means of promoting behavioural change.EPOMM awards: apply for the best practice transfer! Over the past three years, SEGMENT has worked As part of the European Platform on Mobility Management’s (EPOMM) policy on campaigns targeted at people going through ‘lifeexchange activities, EPOMM is launching an annual award for the most effective change moments’, such as moving house. Workingpolicy or best practice transfer in the field of mobility management. with specific groups of consumers allows cities to have a greater impact than a more general campaign Many European projects develop their own ways of transferring best practice would.policies and practices between partners using: best practice databases; toolkits;training sessions; working groups; and exchange mechanisms. EPOMM has decided More information: www.segmentproject.eu to assess the different approaches and reward the most innovative and successful Melanie Leroy, project coordinator: ones. This is an opportunity for winners to disseminate transferred policy, to give melanie.leroy@eurocities.euvisibility to their projects and to promote the methodology used. Likely candidates will come from ongoing or completed projects under Interreg Reminder: TIDE call for championIVC and Intelligent Energy Europe or others which have achieved a shift in policyas a result of the approaches they have used. cities Two representatives from each winning organisation will be invited to collect The TIDE call for champion cities will remain opentheir award at the European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM) in until 28 February 2013. Ten cities will join the projectGavle, Sweden on 29-31 May 2013. Travel, accommodation and ECOMM delegate and receive a subcontract for €21,000 to develop anfee will be paid for up to a maximum of €1,000 per person. implementation scenario for an innovative transport measure. The deadline to apply is 25 February 2013. Use the link below to enter.EPOMM: bit.ly/XBM8HY Melanie Leroy, project coordinator: melanie.leroy@eurocities.eu More information and to apply: bit.ly/R4EVSHFlash 123 February 2013 9
  10. 10. social affairsOur report on city responses to homelessnessN ine of our members contributed to our new report on what cities are doing to prevent and alleviate homelessness. Our report concludes that the most successful tool inpreventing homelessness is a well-developed system of „„ professional social support to prevent and end homelessness, which is crucial to help people back into independent living integrated services. „„ identifying the powersThese services should work together to intervene at an early stage to and resources availableprevent homelessness or to help homeless people find somewhere to to the city to supportlive as soon as possible. While the causes of homelessness are manifold changeand local conditions will always have to be considered, there are City strategies includecommon aspects of homelessness that are best tackled by a strategic both the integrated chain and the housing first approaches. Thecoordinated approach which includes: integrated chain approach supports homeless people in the transition to independent housing. Housing first focuses on providing stable housing„„ professional support and advice for people who are at risk of to homeless people before treating their underlying problems. becoming homeless„„ temporary accommodation for homeless people that is geared A challenge for each of the participating cities is the situation of towards supporting them into independent living and their (re-) homeless people from other EU countries. Cities are confronted with integration into the mainstream housing market the fact that many EU citizens become homeless but are not entitled to social services or support. This is an issue that hopefully will be„„ transitory accommodation with support that helps prepare people addressed at a higher level in Europe for independence„„ specialised long-term accommodation for people who cannot live independently Caroline Greene, communications executive: caroline.greene@eurocities.eu New publication reveals latest European seminar explores links between housing and employment and social trends health Europe is facing high children, unemployed The European Parliament’s unemployment rates, women, single mothers urban intergroup, together with declining household and migrants. CECODHAS (the federation of incomes and growing risks public, cooperative and social of poverty and exclusion. According to the housing) and the European The latest edition of report, people are more Public Health Alliance, hosted a the ‘Employment and likely to find a job in conference on ‘Tackling health Social Developments in a country where the inequalities through investing in Europe Review’, published labour market has been housing’. by DG employment in reformed to make it more January 2013, confirms flexible. It also highlights The event, held at the European these and other alarming the positive impact Parliament on 22 January 2013, tendencies. Last year, of tailoring inclusion presented state-of-the-art research the average EU national policies to specific country on the link between housing and health. The debate centred on what the EU unemployment rate situations and population could do to better address the interconnection between these fields. climbed to nearly 11%, a groups most at risk. The peak not seen in almost report supports the case WHO-Europe presented the findings from research carried out on 20 years. for appropriate minimum environmental health inequalities in Europe. The report reviewed inequalities wages. related to housing, injuries, and the environment, with some recommendations to The analysis reveals a address these. The OECD’s ‘Better Life’ initiative indicated how housing can be an growing divide within It also proposes important determinant of health inequality and thus must be considered as part the eurozone, particularly solutions for reducing of a holistic approach to health. between northern and skills mismatches, such southern member states. as investing efficiently in Examples from the local level highlighted the health benefits of investing The latter are worse education and training; in housing and the need for an integrated approach to address issues such as off in terms of their better spending on active fuel poverty, homelessness and child safety. Representatives from the European employment and social labour market policies; Commission pointed to a move towards closer EU cross-sector collaboration in situation. Among the most and creating high-skilled policy and financing in these areas. However, as MEP Karima Delli pointed out, at vulnerable population jobs in growth sectors. the European level we don’t make the link between health and housing. groups are young people, Recommendations on how to break these pre-conceptions were put forward. These included: gathering reliable and desegregated data, initiating a coordinated approach between levels of government and across administrations, making the case for public and private expenditure in quality housing, and targeting those most in need through dedicated funding and programmes. Report: bit.ly/W0emzF Mirte Kortbeek, social policy researcher: mirte.kortbeek@eurocities.eu Ana Feder, policy advisor: ana.feder@eurocities.eu 10 Flash 123 February 2013
  11. 11. city newsCities in action: eCopper, OuluO ulu’s eCopper project was the winner of our innovation award at EUROCITIES 2012 Nantes last November. The project aims to build bridges between young people and the police force using an online chat service hosted by a web platform that is popularwith young people. the prospect of chatting informally with the police. It has helped to ease the sometimes strained relationships between young people and the police, to clarify misunderstandings and to build trust between to the two parties. It allows young people to anonymously converse with the policeover issues of common concern, such as moped laws, traffic rules,personal safety and drug and alcohol use. The conversations aremonitored by a social worker who is in constant contact with the on-duty police officer using a private microphone. Chat sessions take place once a week over a two-hour period andform part of a police and social workers normal workload, thus costsare kept to a minimum. The majority of participants are between 12 One participant explains:and 18 and some 2,000 visits are recorded every month. For securityreasons, the workers use verified profiles to ensure that the youngpeople know they are speaking to the right person. While the service “It is important to have the opportunity to chatis designed for young people living in Oulu, the nature of the internet with police. Online it is much easier to ask questionsmeans that many participants are based further afield. and air our concerns compared to face-to-face The project, which was partially funded by the European Social communication or by phone.”Fund, has proved successful and the city is making the most ofparticipants’ enthusiasm by organising real-life meetings, such as at Full case study: bit.ly/Yx4PyI youth centres or summer camps. When consultations took place ahead Rose Montgomery, communications executive: of the project’s launch in 2009, some 70% of young people welcomed rose.montgomery@eurocities.eu Urban accessibility initiatives win Berlin European award EUROCITIES member Berlin has been out in a sustainable manner and the winning recognised for its initiatives aimed at city acts as a role model for other cities improving accessibility within the urban seeking good practice examples. environment for disabled citizens. A total of 99 cities from 20 EU member The city was awarded the Access City states applied for the 2013 award. Berlin was Award 2013, a European Commission selected as the winner by a jury comprised of initiative which rewards cities with more experts from the European Commission and than 50,000 inhabitants that are taking the European Disability Forum. Two runners exemplary efforts to improve accessibility. up, Nantes and Stockholm, both EUROCITIES The award was presented in front of members, were also named by the jury. Viviane Reding, European Commission vice This means making urban living president, and Erzsebet Földesion, vice more comfortable for less able citizens, The jury also picked out four ‘special president of the European Disability Forum, addressing areas such as the built mentions’ addressing specific areas of urban on 3 December 2012 during the European environment and public spaces; transport accessibility. This list includes EUROCITIES Day of Persons with Disabilities conference. and related infrastructure; information and member Bilbao for its efforts relating to communication; and public facilities and information and communication and new conveniences. Initiatives should be carried technologies. More information: bit.ly/TwF2ZJCity to City Barcelona FAD award 2013 The City to City Barcelona FAD (Fostering art and design) award 2013 is open for applications until 28 February 2013. The awardrecognises urban transformation processes that have brought about the transformation of a particular city for the benefit of its citizens.Visit the website below for more information and to apply.More information: www.citytocity.fad.cat If you have some news about your city you’d like to share, contact Rose Montgomery (rose.montgomery@eurocities.eu) Meeting in Brussels? EUROCITIES offers prices for EUROCITIES „„ interpretation booths „„ special conditions on meeting rooms in an members. request „„ projection facilities ideal location, a stone’s „„ half day rentals throw from the European „„ capacity for 75 people „„ complimentary WiFi accepted institutions, with special „„ catering services Contact and reservation - Olivier Baeselen, finance, HR and office manager: +32 (0) 2 552 08 8 2 meetingrooms@eurocities.eu www.meetingroomsinbrussels.euFlash 123 February 2013 11
  12. 12. events MIPIM Mayor’s Think Tank Cannes, France 13 March 2013 Addressing 21st century city challenges www.mipim.com Smart cities, smart grids forum 2013 Nice, France 20-22 March 2013 Smart cities in 2013 and beyond energy.flemingeurope.com/smart-grids- smart-cities Sustainable urban transport Gothenburg, Sweden 10-12 April 2013 From demonstration to everyday practice lindholmen.se/en/node/28149 Nextbuilding Milan, Italy 8-10 May 2013 Energy efficiency & sustainable architecture nextbuilding.innovationcloud-expo.com Cities for Children Stuttgart, Germany 13-14 May 2013 Healthy nutrition & physical activity www.citiesforchildren.eu 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 2013 Editor 1000 Brussels Rose Montgomery Tel: +32 2 552 0888 Fax: +32 2 552 0889 Please send any contributions Layout e-mail: info@eurocities.eu and comments to: Rob Harris Productions newsletters@eurocities.eu www.eurocities.euFlash 123 February 2013 12

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