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  1. 1. EUROCITIES Flash An information service for EUROCITIES members N° 108 July 2011editorial highlightsBeyond boundaries T here is always a risk that in pressing the “Pull together to pull through”, says EUROCITIES interests of big cities in EU policy The road to Europe’s economy recovery will be long enough, but we provoke those even longer without the political involvement of Europe’s cities representing rural and metropolitan centres. This was the main message relayed by areas and small EUROCITIES’ president, Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen,towns. Indeed regional authorities to European Commission President Barroso at their meeting inoften seem to champion those causes Brussels on 16 redress the perceived dominance oftheir hub cities. see p. 2 But the conclusions reached byour working group on metropolitanareas, led by Lille and Oslo, and NiCE new project for EUROCITIESconveyed in our latest position, remindus that these divisions are artificial.There is invariably a strong symbiosis Following a successful bid to the European Commission,between big cities and surrounding EUROCITIES is taking the lead on a new project that will promoteregions. In fact, this interdependency and support signatory cities of the Green Digital Charter. Theis increasingly recognised through project known as ‘NiCE’ (Networking intelligent Cities forcooperative governance arrangements Energy Efficiency), aims to help EUROCITIES members fulfil theirthat span the functional area; the commitments, made under the charter, to using ICT for greater‘communauté urbaine’ in France is a energy efficiency.good example. see p. 2 Many city mayors nowadays findit not just expedient, but extremelybeneficial to work with theirsurrounding municipalities in fields suchas planning, transport and economic Brest and Derry join our culture club!development. In fact, since it is oftencommuter patterns that define the The cities of Brest in France and Derry, Northern Ireland - UK,functional area most accurately, it have joined the EUROCITIES Culture Forum as associatedmakes sense to plan on the basis of partners. Among Brest’s cultural priorities are supporting artisticreal economic geography rather than creation and using culture as a tool to broaden education. Derryarbitrary administrative boundaries, be has made history as the first ever UK City of Culture and will playthey local or regional. host to a year-long celebration of culture in 2013. All this has profound implications see p. 4for future EU cohesion policy, for it isthe metropolitan area, not the widerregion, that should be the focus fordevelopment strategies, coordinatingurban, suburban and rural actions.This new functional geography alsohighlights the key role of hub cities thematic sections other sectionsthemselves as the key drivers of, andbrands for, the regional economy. Culture p. 4 Key Developments p. 2 Strengthening these hubs does notcome at the expense of everywhere Economic Development p. 5 Projects p. 11else. On the contrary. Harnessing theirpositive force benefits not only the Environment p. 6 Events p. 12whole metropolitan area itself, butalso boosts the competitiveness of the Knowledge Society p. 7region, the nation and Europe as awhole. Mobility p. 8 Social Affairs p. 9 Paul Bevan Secretary General, EUROCITIES Cooperation p. 10
  2. 2. Key developments Events “Pull together to pull through”, says EUROCITIES T he road to Europe’s economy recovery will be long enough, but even longer without the political involvement of Europe’s cities and metropolitan centres. This was EUROCITIES’ main message to European Commission President Barroso (left) at a meeting in Brussels on 16 June. EUROCITIES has been repeating this appeal both to the commission and EU heads of state since the Lisbon Treaty came into force in 2009. The treaty signalled a clear ‘upgrade’ of multi-level governance in the EU, raising expectations of greater involvement of cities and regions in shaping and delivering strategic priorities, such as Europe 2020, cohesion policy and the future EU budget. Two years on however and little has changed. EUROCITIES president, Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen (right), called for a response to cities’ demands which are long overdue: “If we want Europe to compete globally, to deliver a high quality of life for all of our 500 million Europeans wherever “We want a practical partnership with Europe, not a paper they live, we must invest more in our cities. All of us need one. We are demanding full recognition of our right of place. Europe’s cities to really perform - economically, socially and The sooner we pull all levels of government together to take environmentally, driving the development of their regions and concerted action for economic recovery, the sooner Europe’s countries.” economy will pull through. We believe our citizens deserve that chance.” On EU regional policy, Jensen urged president Barroso to stand by the commission’s own ambitions to support Europe’s cities Soraya Zanardo, EUROCITIES policy assistant – coordination & governance: more strongly in future: Open days, open doors NiCE new project for EUROCITIES Brussels | 12 October 2011 Following a successful bid to the supporting city actions in the context European Commission, EUROCITIES of the Green Digital Charter. We’ll Following a successful first run last year, is taking the lead on a new project - also organise a series of exchanges EUROCITIES will this year again organise NiCE (Networking intelligent Cities for and learning activities for cities, an ‘open house’ for all our members and Energy Efficiency), which will kick off including expert training sessions and partners on the afternoon of Wednesday 12 in September 2011. study visits to guide cities in executing October. their intelligent energy initiatives. Working with our project If you are in Brussels for the Open Days partners, Clicks and Links, the city Networking and public relations 2011, feel free to drop by our office for of Manchester and the Leibniz events will also be central to the a coffee and a chat with the EUROCITIES Institute of Ecological and Regional project’s roll-out as we not only want team of staff. If you want to meet someone Development, we will use NiCE to build on our number of signatories specifically, please contact that person in to promote and support the but also showcase opportunities advance to arrange a time. implementation of commitments for cooperation with relevant Now in its ninth year, the Open Days made by the Green Digital Charter stakeholders. We will also be linking have become a highlight in the Brussels signatory cities. Over 20 EUROCITIES up with a group of Chinese cities that calendar, attracting colleagues from cities members have signed up to the are developing similar initiatives. and regions across Europe. Under the overall charter with a view to using ICT If your city is interested in getting organisation of the European Commission to significantly reduce energy involved, in signing the charter or and the Committee of the Regions, this consumption and CO2 emissions. learning more about it, please get year’s ‘European Week of Regions and Cities’ The NiCE project will run for in touch with Nathalie Guri or Jan offers a full agenda of events, conferences, two and half years. During that Franke at the Brussels office. exhibitions and workshops from 10 to 13 time, we will develop a common October. implementation framework, reporting So if you’re in Brussels then, be sure to tools and information resources for come by! classifying, measuring, reporting and Nathalie Guri, EUROCITIES projects manager: Nicola Vatthauer, EUROCITIES communications director: Jan Franke, EUROCITIES policy officer – knowledge society: jan.franke@eurocities.euFlash 108 July 2011 2
  3. 3. Key developments Events A winning trio for EUROCITIES 25 - Banja Luka, Heraklion and Novi Sad E UROCITIES has named the winning entries for its photo one which shows the role of cities in making the link between the competition launched earlier this year to commemorate 25 grassroots and the EU. years of business. The winning photos are from member All photos submitted will be published in our special 25 years cities Banja Luka (middle), Heraklion (left) and Novi Sad (right). photo book, ‘my city – my view’, which we’ll present at our The trio was selected from over 70 photos reviewed by an annual conference in Genoa this year independent jury in mid-June. We were absolutely delighted with the interest shown by members in our competition. Many of you launched competitions and used social media to reach out to young people in your city: Rose Montgomery, EUROCITIES communications assistant: a truly remarkable effort to engage local people in Europe and Green cities for Europe’s growth Europe’s cities stand ready to deliver “While the international negotiations ‘green growth’ by fostering jobs and are moving forward at depressingly wealth creation while reducing carbon slow speed, it is extremely encouraging footprints. That was the message relayed to observe how much is going on at by EUROCITIES executive committee other levels. Cities have huge potential mayors to EU climate commissioner to involve their citizens and businesses Connie Hedegaard (left) at their meeting in green growth, to innovate, test new in Copenhagen on 22 June. solutions and bring them to the market.” Recognised around the world for Across Europe, cities are demonstrating pioneering climate action, mayors of the financial and social gains of Europe believe it both possible and sustainable approaches by creating profitable for the EU to meet economic programmes in partnership with needs while advancing environmental universities, technologists and the private priorities. By concentrating population sector. Copenhagen’s goal to become and providing the critical mass for the world’s first carbon-neutral capital innovation in resource efficiency, cities how we live, work and travel. It’s essential by 2025, for example, is supported by offer the most sustainable form of that the EU and our national governments practical plans ranging across transport, development for the future. support us more strongly in these efforts.” health, energy, industry and the service sector. At the meeting, EUROCITIES president, As of June 2011, the EU’s internationally Frank Jensen, Mayor of Copenhagen renowned Covenant of Mayors had (right) said: attracted some 2,700 signatories, local “Europe will never meet targets for mayors all committed to cutting CO2 climate action and economic growth emissions by and beyond 20% by 2020. without smart solutions from cities, Referring to the initiative’s success, citizens and businesses. City mayors are Commissioner Hedegaard said: uniquely placed to lead this change in Michael Klinkenberg, EUROCITIES policy officer – environment: michael.klinkenberg@eurocities.euFlash 108 July 2011 3
  4. 4. Culture Using culture to re-think the city A arhus city’s arts and culture will be pivotal in the coming institutions and connects to wider questions on the independence years as the city council has applied to become European of arts institutions and the relationship between them and capital of culture 2017. As host to the latest EUROCITIES political structures. Participants reviewed ways in which cities re- Culture Forum, it was explained why ’rethink’ has been chosen as evaluate their priorities and methods for structuring, supporting the overall theme for the city’s bid. and controlling the cultural sector. ‘Rethink’ underlines the multiple global challenges which Finally, a session was held on volunteering in the arts and require cities to rethink, redesign, reconnect and rebuild on many culture sector ahead of the European Year of Volunteering 2011. levels - urban infrastructure, transport, energy and resources, The EUROCITIES Culture Forum will meet again in Antwerp on climate, cultural co-existence, democracy, diversity, sustainability, 26-28 October 2011 to discuss cultural heritage and democracy. social polarisation, economic and financial models. Putting this Particular attention will be paid to the role of young people with into practice, Aarhus is for example trying to inject new life into Antwerp being this year’s European Youth Capital its harbour district with a multimedia library that integrates new knowledge sharing and open source innovation environments with traditional books. As well as learning about Aarhus’s ventures, participants also discussed the use of cultural mapping and planning to rethink cultural models in cities and, more broadly, how to use culture to re-think the future of the city. The topic also linked up to a debate on cultural governance. Cultural governance is about the leadership of cultural Julie Hervé, EUROCITIES policy officer – culture: Wroclaw selected as European capital of culture 2016 Brest and Derry join our culture club! EUROCITIES member Wroclaw in Wroclaw, in south-western The cities of Poland has been selected to hold Poland, chose ‘spaces for beauty’ Brest in France and the European capital of culture title as its bid slogan, with the aim to Derry, Northern in 2016. It will be one of two cities create spaces for people to become Ireland - UK, holding the title along with one of closer to art and culture, to restore have joined the our associated partners, Donostia- sustainable and aesthetically EUROCITIES San Sebastian in Spain. pleasing environments and to Culture Forum encourage more fulfilling lifestyles. as associated partners. Located at the westernmost tip of France, Brest is at the heart of the Brittany marine cluster. Brest’s priorities are making culture accessible, supporting artistic creation, developing forms of solidarity and social diversity, and using culture as a tool to broaden education and citizenship. Derry is the second largest city in Northern Ireland. In 2010, Derry made history after successfully winning its bid to become the first ever UK City of Culture. It will play host to a year- Under the slogan ’peace and co- long celebration of culture in 2013. The cities were recommended for existence‘, Donostia-San Sebastian the title by an independent panel will explore ways in which culture Brest and Derry bring a wealth of expertise and made up of 13 culture experts. The and education can contribute to experience to our culture forum. EUROCITIES is competition attracted huge interest building a diverse, pluralistic and delighted to have both on board! in both countries with 11 applicant peaceful Europe. cities in Poland and 15 in Spain. Julie Hervé, EUROCITIES policy officer – culture: Julie Hervé, EUROCITIES policy officer – culture: julie.herve@eurocities.euFlash 108 July 2011 4
  5. 5. Economic Development Local public services back on the EU agenda – time for cities to be heard L ocal public services are the pillars of • whether the introduction of a Europe’s social model and the basis legal framework on SGIs would do more of a good quality of life in our cities. to protect local public services. But under current EU legislation and the Some members believe that the new Lisbon Treaty, are local authorities autonomy of local authorities can only fully equipped to adapt their services in be safeguarded through the adoption response to today’s demographic, social of a broad EU legal framework. Others and economic trends? This is the crucial recommend that it is more efficient issue which EUROCITIES’ working group to promote local autonomy by asking on services of general interest (SGIs) is for exemptions at the introduction of looking into. Members of the group each new piece of legislation, based on would welcome participation from other the principle of subsidiarity, which was member cities to work on this issue of reinforced in the Lisbon Treaty. commission will eventually propose local public services, which are at the heart of a booming local economy. further actions and/or new legislation. Concerning the European Commission’s recently proposed revision of state aid From our side, EUROCITIES will meet At its latest meeting in Munich, the rules for small-scale services, we are with Michel Barnier, the European group discussed specifically whether advocating simplified rules for local Commissioner in charge of internal current legislation: authorities and in particular, we want market and services and our working • sufficiently guarantees the the current obligation of notifying the group will continue to discuss these issues autonomy of local authorities in commission regarding subsidies for small- at their next meeting in September 2011. developing innovative local public services scale services, removed. If your city would like to be part of this that respond to the needs of citizens; work, please contact Marie Ranty at the By the end of 2011/beginning 2012, the Brussels office • provides watertight legal clarity commission will also publish a review on and understanding that internal market SGIs that should take stock of changes rules do not prevail over principles of in the different pieces of legislation Marie Ranty, EUROCITIES policy officer - public service; or concerning SGIs, as well as rulings from economic development: the European Court of Justice. The Creative industries for growing economies In 2009, Ernő Rubik, one of the ambassadors of the European year of creativity and innovation offered to European Commission President Barroso (pictured) the famous cube that he invented. This cube was conceived especially for the occasion. Since that year, much has been said on what creativity and new thinking can bring to Europe. But what do we mean by ’creativity’? And how exactly do creative industries contribute to the regeneration of big cities? These questions were at the heart of discussions held during the latest EUROCITIES Economic Development Forum meeting in Lille. Three different site visits showed theory working in practice in terms of what small-scale creative industries can bring to deprived neighbourhoods. The site visits featured: • a cluster of fashion designers at the centre of one of Lille’s deprived neighbourhood; A panel debate followed with the Vice-Mayor of Eindhoven, Mary-Ann Schreurs, Councillor Nick Small of Liverpool and Vice- • a 1930s hospital retrofitted by Japanese designer Mayor of Poznan Tomasz Kayser, where each highlighted how Katsuhito Nishikawa that has changed the life of its patients; and important it is for politicians to take into account the value of • the presentation of an up-and-coming cluster of digital- creative industries as part of integrated territorial development. oriented SMEs in an urban brown field. Focusing on effective instruments that support territorial The main meeting kicked off with an inspirational speech development, the forum’s next meeting in Warsaw on 24-26 by London-based consultant Tom Fleming, who elaborated on October 2011 will link up to a conference of the Polish EU the unmistakable link between creative industries and urban presidency. regeneration, and in particular the snowball effect that creative people can very often initiate in local economies. Soraya Zanardo, EUROCITIES policy assistant – coordination and governance: soraya.zanardo@eurocities.euFlash 108 July 2011 5
  6. 6. Environment Public sector as a beacon for EUs energy efficiency plans E UROCITIES is currently working on its advocacy plan and companies to undergo energy audits and establish national heat reaction to the European Commission’s proposed directive and cooling plans. Urban spatial plans should support these that’s been designed to reduce the EU’s energy consumption efforts by ensuring that as much waste heat as possible is used for by 20%. heating and cooling, for instance by connecting electricity plants to the local district heating or cooling network. As forecast in last month’s issue of Flash, the new directive will as of 2014, oblige local authorities to renovate at least 3% The proposal will now go both to the European Parliament of public building stock every year to progressively reduce the and Council, both of which will need to work out their respective energy consumed on their own premises. positions. Should they agree on a common position, the directive will be adopted and rolled out by member states The commission wishes to set a precedent with plans relating to the public sector. Its proposal, for example, features a legal clause that would require local authorities to purchase energy efficient buildings, products and services thus producing additional savings and encouraging broader market uptake. Energy efficiency directive: Other provisions include more accurate individual energy Michael Klinkenberg, EUROCITIES policy officer – environment: metering, incentives for SMEs and obligations for large A breath of fresh air Call for applications: European Green Capital 2014 The European Commission has started a Follow in the footsteps welcome review of existing of EUROCITIES members air quality legislation and Stockholm, Hamburg implementation in another and Nantes Metropole attempt towards cleaning by putting your city in up Europe. the running for the 2014 European Green Capital According to the title. commission, there are about half a million The initiative premature deaths rewards cities that are associated with high air at the forefront of pollution. And, as the environmentally friendly world’s population becomes more and more urban, air quality urban living and that can the largest city is eligible to becomes an increasingly large problem for cities, not least in act as role models for other apply. terms of traffic management and planning. cities. Entries are assessed on That’s why EUROCITIES is taking part in the commission’s expert From a public relations the basis of 12 indicators: group that is helping to prepare the EU’s new air quality policy, in perspective, the European local contribution to global addition to our de facto recommendation that will be submitted Green Capital award can do climate change, transport, on behalf of the network. a lot for reputation building green urban areas, noise, and city attractiveness. And waste production and Among our main points, we want to make sure that cities are in the political context, management, nature and given scope to do their best to improve air quality with proper the award shows a rather biodiversity, air, water support from EU legislation determining national emission ambitious commitment consumption, waste ceilings and reduced emissions from individual sources e.g. road towards environmental water treatment, eco- vehicles and industrial installations. improvement and innovation and sustainable Although the legislation in place has helped contain air sustainable development. employment, environmental pollution in recent decades, more efforts are needed to improve management of the local All cities across Europe air quality, not least in urban areas, where particulate matter and authority and energy with more than 200,000 nitrogen dioxide are still in some cases excessive. performance. inhabitants can apply for The commission’s proposals on the review of EU air quality the title. In countries where Deadline for applications: policy are expected to be completed by 2013. there is no city with more 14 October 2011 than 200,000 inhabitants, EU air quality: Michael Klinkenberg, EUROCITIES policy officer – environment: European Green Capital 2014: 108 July 2011 6
  7. 7. Knowledge Society Get involved in Local Digital Agenda eXCHANGE E UROCITIES has been invited to support a new initiative, Also, as part of the EUs research efforts, Robert Madelin, Local Digital Agenda (LDA) eXCHANGE, which was European Commission director-general for the EU’s digital presented at the recent Digital Agenda Assembly on 16-17 agenda and other key officials are planning Europe-wide visits June 2011. to meet with high-level city officials responsible for ICT and structural funds. Ideally these meetings should involve the LDA eXCHANGE is a mentoring programme that aims to relevant structural funds’ implementing authority. If you are generate integral sustainable development in regions and cities interested in inviting the commission to visit your city, please get by: in touch with John Doyle, below 1. Helping local authorities develop LDAs 2. Promoting the implementation of LDAs in as many local/ regional societies as possible 3. Encouraging the set-up of an EU-level ‘smart specialisation’ strategy based on local strengths enforced by every LDA eXCHANGE: Jan Franke, EUROCITIES policy officer – knowledge society: local authority that is implementing an LDA Members interested in playing an active part in this programme To organise a European Commission visit: John Doyle, European Commission: should contact Jan Franke at the Brussels office. Blue sky thinking: Working group updates knowledge management in cities The smart cities and open data presented - Munich (MogDy), working groups met in Dresden Berlin (Apps4berlin) and last month for the second time Sunderland (Social Southwick). since their launch. Members also learned about the European-wide LOD2 project, • Smart cities: Maria which aims to create a single Serrano from Terrassa point of access for all public metropolitan area presented the sector data relating to public ‘Smart City 2020’ strategy, which authorities in Europe. is being implemented in the city of San Cugat, Spain. This is the Elsewhere, the group first example from a best practice is piloting a collaboration series that will form part of the workspace through Quickr. If group’s work plan and will help you’d like to join this workspace, Knowledge management is necessary for any city contribute to creating guidelines please get in touch with Jan to achieve its core responsibility of delivering services on implementing smart city Franke at the Brussels office. to people. At last month’s EUROCITIES Knowledge strategies. Society Forum in Dresden, around 50 participants from Finally, the results from the 30 cities gathered to review ways in which the EU Dave Carter, from Manchester EUROCITIES Knowledge Society services directive could benefit the reorganisation and city council reported back on Forum open data survey, were knowledge management in cities. the Internet Future Week held discussed. If you haven’t already in Budapest on 17-19 May taken part in the survey, there’s UK business policy advisor Laura Danilaviciute 2011. It will be crucial to link still time to do so by visiting the and researcher Rami-Habib Eid-Sabbagh provided cities’ activities to the European website below. insights into the implementation of the directive while Commission’s work on future representatives of Dresden spoke of their experience in Working groups on eInclusion internet to ensure user-driven adapting front- and back- office processes. and the EU services directive also development of platforms and met in Dresden. All available applications, he advised. Participants were also updated on the European presentations and background SPOCS project on seamless cross-border electronic • Open data: three best material from the meetings are procedures with a presentation from the project’s practice case studies in creating available from the EUROCITIES coordinator Dinand Tinholt. open data contests were website. Forum presentations and material: (members area) Implementing the EU services directive: Open data survey: brochure.11/?searchterm=services%20directive Join open data collaboration space on Quickr: SPOCS: Meeting materials: (members area) Jan Franke, EUROCITIES policy officer – knowledge society: Jan Franke, EUROCITIES policy officer – knowledge society: jan.franke@eurocities.euFlash 108 July 2011 7
  8. 8. Mobility Intelligent transport for smarter cities T he EU’s new €80 million smart cities and communities Congestion, emissions, noise pollution, health effects, land use initiative launched on 21 June, will provide greater and economic impacts are just some of challenges that every city breeding ground for ICT-based solutions that respond to must contend with today, and as urban populations soar, these cities’ sustainability challenges, today and in the future. ICT based issues will only become more pressing. EUROCITIES supports the intelligent transport systems (ITSs) are central to sustainability commission’s latest initiative and is confident of its potential to as was shown by the range of transport projects presented to help bring about smarter city transport in Europe participants at the smart cities launch. For the most part, the technology needed to create a smart city already exists. What remains to be seen is the necessary communication and cooperation between industry, local authorities and citizens to ensure that ITSs are used efficiently and as much as possible. Jan Franke, EUROCITIES policy officer - knowledge society: Eurovignette nearing the end EU journey planner in the horizon of the road “I want to travel through Europe-wide travel information The green light has Europe, switching from air to rail and booking much easier. finally been given to the or sea, to urban or road transport Eurovignette by a clear The resulting service should with a single ticket planned and majority of Members provide details on journey times, bought online…The technology of the European fares and booking facilities from already exists, we just need to get Parliament who any point in Europe to another. things started so that millions of approved the directive It should also offer information Europeans are able to plan their on 9 June. regarding the different means of journey with just a few simple transport, such as air, waterways, clicks”. The new directive rail, road, and public transport, will allow EU member possibly including bike-sharing states - who are willing and parking information, and real- though not obliged - time information for passengers to tax hauliers for air during their journey. and noise pollution costs. Money raised is Both businesses and the general intended for roads and public are invited to submit ideas sustainable transport systems across the EU and while and the ultimate winners are to participation is voluntary it could become mandatory receive financial aid from the in four years. European Commission to promote their ideas. Why not call on your EUROCITIES members can be assured that communities to take up the This statement was made congestion charging in cities remains excluded from challenge? by EU transport commissioner, the directive, which doesn’t touch the principle of Siim Kallas, during his recent Deadline for ideas: subsidiarity. announcement of a new 9 September 2011 The revision includes an effort to decrease competition ambitiously aimed congestion through discouraging freight transport at finding the most user-friendly during peak times, by giving member states the Europe-wide journey planning possibility to charge higher rates (up to 175% of options. the average tariff) for a maximum of 5 hours a day. Currently, it’s not possible to Member states will also be able to put aside 15% of book a journey through Europe - the revenues to improve transport sustainability. switching from air to rail or sea, to As regards the next and final step, the EU Council urban or road transport - in one must approve the new directive before its adoption. single go and online. So with the launch of this competition, the commission’s end goal is to create a one-stop-shop to make access to Europe-wide journey planner challenge: Vanessa Holve, EUROCITIES policy officer- mobility: Vanessa Holve, EUROCITIES policy officer - mobility: vanessa.holve@eurocities.euFlash 108 July 2011 8
  9. 9. Social Affairs EUROCITIES joins first stakeholder meeting for poverty platform O n 22 June, EUROCITIES took part in a first meeting of the Launched in 2010, the European platform against poverty stakeholder group that’s been set up for the European is part of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and platform against poverty. The stakeholder group intends inclusive growth. It sets out actions to reach the EU target of to meet twice a year to share information, ideas and discuss social reducing poverty and social exclusion by at least 20 million by policy issues with the European Commission. 2020 During its first meeting, the group representatives, which come from local and regional authorities, NGOs, civil society and social partners, were presented with the Polish EU presidency’s concept of the platform’s main event - the annual convention on poverty and social exclusion. The presidency is encouraging national delegations to send a local or regional politician to the first Anna Drozd, EUROCITIES programme officer social inclusion – PROGRESS: convention taking place on 17-18 October in Krakow. New research: Raising awareness, raising abilities active inclusion of young people Participants of the third EUROCITIES awareness raising days help young people achieve gathered in Brussels on 23-24 June for a two-day training on their educational and European social affairs policy. career goals, and therefore Launched in 2009, this annual event is targeted at city staff contribute to broader local who are new to their position. In particular, it aims to: and regional economic development. The cities are also shown to prevent the social exclusion of young people by taking action New reports on the against early school challenges and experiences leaving, empowering young of cities implementing active people through mobility and inclusion policies are now entrepreneurship projects, available. and offering employment Produced under our possibilities to young people Cities for Active Inclusion with disabilities through (EUROCITIES-NLAO) strand partnerships with the third of work, these latest reports sector. illustrate why cities are Individual city reports are Bronze statues representing hope located outside the European Commission prioritising support for youth already available to download Charlemagne building employment and young from the project website people’s participation in and an overview of the nine • introduce and develop participants’ society in times of growing studies will be made available knowledge of EUROCITIES social affairs activities and our work youth unemployment rates. soon. in general; The reports document • explain how the EU works, its legislative procedures the experiences of the nine and main institutions; cities involved in our work on active inclusion - Birmingham, • outline the benefits of EU funding and how cities can Bologna, Brno, Copenhagen, apply for it; and Krakow, Lille Metropole- • give city contacts a chance to meet with each other as Roubaix, Rotterdam, well as with staff of EUROCITIES. Stockholm and Sofia. Each of the cities show that effective This year’s training featured a presentation from Istvan local policies and practice can Vanyolos from the European Commission’s department for employment, social affairs and inclusion as well as a visit to the European Parliament. Cities for Active Inclusion: Caroline Greene, EUROCITIES communication officer – social affairs: Mirte Kortbeek, EUROCITIES social policy researcher – NLAO: mirte.kortbeek@eurocities.euFlash 108 July 2011 9
  10. 10. Cooperation Events Good practice guide on integrated urban governance I n trying to address the many challenges faced today, cities all stakeholders have found that sectoral approaches are quite often expensive clarify and agree and inefficient. It is against this background that EUROCITIES on the definition of member Berlin, has developed a manual on integrated urban what will be one of governance. the most recurrent buzzwords for The manual stresses that cities shouldn’t simply adopt the next financial an integrated approach for the sake of it but that complex period of the challenges should be addressed by measures that are tailored to European Union local situations and involving local actors. While the manual does not pretend to be a blueprint on governance, it does illustrate which approaches are seen to work in big cities. Case studies are presented from large cities located both in Europe and internationally. And although for example the differences are vast between upgrading disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Medellin, Colombia, and regenerating Stockholm’s Järva neighbourhood, the integrated method remains a common thread throughout all. The new guide was presented at a conference in Brussels on 23 June, where MEP Jan Olbrycht highlighted that there are conflicting interpretations of what an integrated approach actually means. At European level, it refers to the combining of sectoral approaches managed by one single actor and where it Integrated urban governance manual: makes sense. In contrast, the local level advocates involving all relevant actors in the design and implementation of a strategy Soraya Zanardo, EUROCITIES policy assistant – for effective integrated governance. It would seem urgent that coordination and governance: The Polish EU presidency on ESPON hyperatlas: how does your region compare? local issues The ESPON hyperatlas is EUROCITIES’ working group on governance and now available, providing partnerships met in Brussels on 6 July to discuss what spatial analysis and the Polish EU presidency has in mind for profiling indicators for practitioners local level issues during its six month term. across Europe. The tool Given the decision-making process and timing allows users to compare around the design of the cohesion policy post-2013, and analyse their regions’ this topic and territorial development in general, will relative position at be high on the agenda for the remainder of 2011. European, national and local levels for criteria The working group also reviewed EUROCITIES’ such as GDP per capita, work on the national reform programmes (NRPs), unemployment, accessibility which involve cities in the design of the NRPs social and ageing. chapters. The hyperatlas is available as a web application and allows users Looking ahead, the group also looked at ways in to design maps based on data selected for comparisons. One of the which to structure its work to better connect cities downsides is that the latest data available is only from as recent as 2005. within EUROCITIES and how work more effecitlvey Nevertheless, the atlas successfully shows the importance of territory- with the EU institutions. based analysis for developing sectoral policies by helping users to draw comparisons and conclusions from the different economic and social situations across Europe. ESPON hyperatlas: Soraya Zanardo, EUROCITIES policy assistant - coordination & Soraya Zanardo, EUROCITIES policy assistant – coordination and governance: goverance: soraya.zanardo@eurocities.euFlash 108 July 2011 10
  11. 11. Projects Events MIXITIES goes to Ghent R epresentatives from cities across Europe were welcomed by Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent on 6-10 June for the first in a series of peer reviews to be held under the EUROCITIES MIXITIES project in the coming year. Peer review visits are a core element of the MIXITIES project and a valuable opportunity for exchange of practice and know-how on migrant integration. The Ghent review involved a series of interviews and workshops held with council staff, politicians and stakeholders. The city’s commitment to tackling discrimination was made clear both from their accounts but also from the views shared by some of the city’s migrants who volunteered to be interviewed. As part of the exercise, the city carried out a self-assessment of its own progress against an anti-discrimination best practice model, known as the MIXITIES benchmark. Throughout the process, it became apparent that Ghent, like many cities across Barcelona, Belfast, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Florence, Europe, is grappling with complex challenges and bottlenecks in Genoa, Ghent, Helsinki, Malmo, Munich, Nuremberg, Oslo, attempts to advance its anti-discrimination agenda. Stockholm and Tampere. The peer review team, led by MigrationWork CIC, a non- Next MIXITIES peer review: profit consultancy, presented a series of preliminary findings Stockholm | 26-30 September | Language and newcomer courses and recommendations which will be further developed in a final report to be presented to Ghent in the coming weeks. The MIXITIES project is co-financed by the European MIXITIES: Commission, DG Home Affairs through the European Integration Ana Feder, EUROCITIES project officer – migration and integration: Fund. Partners include the cities of Amsterdam, Athens, CASCADE – EUROCITIES’ new project on local Sustainable mobility in European regions energy leadership launched London | 4-5 October 2011 The CASCADE project - cities exchanging on local energy How can we influence the people that matter? What leadership – is now up and running after a successful launch on mobility management policies are being implemented in our 29-30 June in Brussels. cities? What are the success factors of mobility management Under our leadership, the CASCADE consortium will design measures? These are just some of the questions that delegates and deliver large-scale mutual learning actions among will discuss at the PIMMS-TRANSFER conference on 4-5 EUROCITIES member cities. Through a three-year programme October in London. packed with peer exchanges, study tours, mentoring and PIMMS-TRANSFER is a three-year project, which national seminars, the project will bring about improvements in promotes and enables the exchange of sustainable mobility local energy practice. management practices between 14 regions in Europe, and Already this summer, the project partners will develop a implements innovative projects in mobility management. benchmark for structuring mutual learning actions, focusing on: The October 2011 event will deal with three main themes, • energy in urban planning and refurbishment specifically: • renewable energy sources and distributed generation, • Innovation: both in terms of the project and including combined heat and power conference; be prepared to tweet in the Twitter lounge, take part in speed-networking and interactive workshop sessions • energy in urban transport • Inter-regional cooperation: speak to and learn from CASCADE involves 19 EUROCITIES members including like-minded colleagues from across Europe Amaroussion, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Burgas, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Gateshead, Genoa, Gijon, Malmo, Mannheim, Milan, • Ideas: find out about new policies and projects to Nantes, Stockholm, Sunderland, Tampere, Terrassa, Venice and implement in your region Warsaw. The project is co-financed by the European Commission, Executive Agency of Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) through the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme. PIMMS-TRANSFER: Jorgina Cuixart, EUROCITIES project officer – environment: Melanie Leroy, EUROCITIES project officer - mobility management: melanie.leroy@eurocities.euFlash 108 July 2011 11
  12. 12. Events Date / Place Name of Event More information 12-14 September 2011 Cities in Europe 2020 – Enhance sustainability now! Brussels, Belgium ICLEI European Convention 2011 12-16 September 2011 Urban education conference Berlin, Germany Organised by European Educational Research Association 28-30 September 2011 28th urban data management symposium Delft, The Netherlands UDMS at 40 years: making contributions to the future 29 September 2011 Public sector reform London, United Kingdom Opening up services growth 10-13 October 2011 OPEN DAYS 2011 conferences/od2011/index.cfm Regions & cities delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth 18-19 October 2011 Future cities: creating tomorrow’s urban world www.cemea.economistconferences. com/event/future-cities Stockholm, Sweden Organised by The Economist 27-28 October 2011 How to make sustainable transport easy to use by all? Lisbon, Portugal Organised in the framework of the START Project 2-5 November 2011 EUROCITIES 2011 Genoa Genoa, Italy Planning for people 8-10 November 2011 Intelligent Cities EXPO Hamburg, Germany Technologies and solutions for smarter cities 17 November 2011 BCN networking day 2011 Barcelona, Spain Focus on entrepreneurship 29-30 November 2011 Smart cities 2011 global conference Amsterdam, The Netherlands Intelligent infrastructures for the information age EUROCITIES Flash is published Publisher EUROCITIES by EUROCITIES Brussels Office. Paul Bevan, Secretary General 1 Square de Meeûs © EUROCITIES 2011 Editor B-1000 Brussels Róisín Hughes Tel: +32 2 552 0888 Please send any contributions Fax: +32 2 552 0889 or comments concerning the Layout e-mail: contents of the Flash to: Rob Harris Productions www.eurocities.euFlash 108 July 2011 12