December 2015


EUROCITIES president speaks at COP 21

Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes and EUROCITIES president, spoke at several events during COP 21 in Paris, and reiterated the essential role of cities in a global climate deal. To continue the momentum from the Paris summit, she announced that Nantes will host a summit in September next year for non-state actors. She also praised the Covenant of Mayors initiative on climate mitigation and adaptation, and opened our session on smart city solutions.


Cities discuss innovation and social clauses in public procurement

The first in a series of events to help EUROCITIES member cities make the most of public procurement opportunities took place in Brussels on 12-13 November. The event focused on innovation, pre-commercial procurement and social clauses in public procurement. We presented information about the 2014 EU procurement directives and examples from some of our member cities.


EUROCITIES on COP 21 – climate action for jobs & social inclusion

EUROCITIES hosted a session during COP 21 in Paris on 5 December, focusing on the social and economic opportunities of climate action. Politicians from Bonn, Gothenburg, Greater Manchester, Milan, Nantes, Seville and Stockholm discussed ways to create new jobs and improve social inclusion while making our cities greener. They looked at how climate action can create jobs for both low and highly skilled workers, and how to use the low carbon economy as an opportunity to address poverty and social exclusion.


EUROCITIES on COP 21: smart city solutions for energy efficiency & climate change

Politicians from Nantes, Bristol, Malmo and Warsaw discussed ways in which they reduce emissions using ICT during our session on the 'Green Digital Charter - smart city solutions for energy efficiency and climate change' during our session at COP 21 in Paris on 8 December. Panellists considered what being a smarter city means to them, and how this can contribute to their greenhouse gas emissions targets. They explored how initiatives such as the EUROCITIES Green Digital Charter, can support their efforts.


Open call to young professionals - views on the urban future

To mark the 30th anniversary of EUROCITIES, we are launching an open call to collect material to be published in an edited volume of selected views from young professionals. We are asking young professionals aged between 25 and 35 to share their visions for the urban future.


COP 21: EUROCITIES signs the Paris Pledge for Action

By signing up to the Paris Pledge for Action, cities, regions, businesses, investors and other non-state actors, endorse the Paris Agreement and pledge action to implement the terms of the agreement. The pledge has already been signed by over 400 businesses, 130 investors, and 150 cities and regions, representing 150 million people and $11 million (€10 million).


SEISMIC conference on new concepts of public space

The SEISMIC project hosted a conference on 'new concepts of public space' on 24-25 November, where participants discussed issues such as whether Europe needs common standards for public space and whether public ownership is the best guarantee of public access. The conference included four visits to various sites around Brussels, including the newly-pedestrianised Boulevard Anspach.


Other News

Anna Lisa Boni focuses on refugees with EU ministers

Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES secretary general, represented us at an informal meeting of EU ministers for urban policy in Luxembourg on 27 November.

Conference on separate waste collection

EUROCITIES, together with Municipal Waste Europe and the European Commission, will host a conference on separate waste collection in Brussels on 29 January.

European Conference on Mobility Management 2016 - call for presentations

The next European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM) takes place in Athens on 1-3 June, focusing on 'smart mobility solutions for cities and people'.

Ghent becomes first signatory of New Covenant of Mayors

EUROCITIES vice president Ghent became the first signatory of the new Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy ahead of COP 21, and is due to be followed by Manchester by the end of the year.

OPTICITIES tutorial session - the latest on urban ITS

The next OPTICITIES tutorial session takes place in Lyon on 10 March 2016, and will showcase some of the latest developments in urban intelligent transport systems (ITS).

Gothenburg signs our Green Digital Charter

In a ceremony held on 5 November during EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo, Anneli Hulthén, mayor and chairman of the Gothenburg City Executive, signed our Green Digital Charter (GDC) on behalf of her city.

Smart cities: our latest activities

We have been present at a number of events on smart cities in the past month, including the meeting of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities action clusters.

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