February 2015


'Culture for cities and regions' pilot project

We are leading a new initiative, 'Culture for cities and regions', which aims to examine existing examples of culture as a key element in local and regional development strategies. It will also enable the exchange and transfer of knowledge to better understand successful examples of cultural investment and go into detail on policy planning and implementation.


MEPs and cities call for strong air quality package

Our debate on cleaner air in our cities on 28 January at the European Parliament was a chance for MEPs and cities to push for a strong National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive to improve air quality. The event, hosted by Julie Girling MEP, rapporteur on the NEC Directive, came at a critical point for the future of Europe's air quality, and for the health and wellbeing of our citizens.


EUROCITIES strategic framework

Our strategic framework 2014-2020, 'towards an EU urban agenda', sets out five focus areas based on real challenges and opportunities in our cities. Our strategic framework is designed to maintain momentum in the development of an EU urban agenda, which we believe should enable and empower cities to work in close partnership with member states and the EU in delivering Europe's strategic goals.


New Europe-wide campaign on sustainable urban mobility

European Mobility Week and Do the Right Mix have joined forces to promote sustainable travel in European cities. European Mobility Week, taking place each year on 16-22 September, will remain the centrepiece of the campaign, but will be complemented by promotional actions throughout the year.


Cities in action: Los Limoneros, Malaga

The Los Limoneros social housing complex, in one of Malaga's most deprived neighbourhoods, has recently undergone a complete energy refurbishment programme. This was one of a series of attempts to improve the energy efficiency of the building, and its success was down to the city's efforts to properly engage residents in the process from the outset.


Toronto signs Integrating Cities Charter

Toronto became the first non-European city to sign our Integrating Cities Charter in December 2014. Here, we speak to Councillor James Pasternak of Toronto City Council about the city's motivations for signing and how it expects to benefit.


Other News

New CITYKEYS project to compare smart city solutions

We are participating in the new CITYKEYS project to monitor and compare smart city solutions across European cities.

EUROCITIES mayors: Our society is built on respect and tolerance

In the wake of the 7 January terrorist attacks in January, our mayors have spoken out for respect and tolerance.

Pilsen launches European Capital of Culture 2015

EUROCITIES member Pilsen, and Mons in Belgium, are European Capitals of Culture 2015.

Supporting cities' climate adaptation efforts

EUROCITIES has joined the Mayors Adapt initiative on climate adaptation.

Roubaix becomes 44th Green Digital Charter signatory

By signing, Roubaix confirms its commitment to improving energy efficiency through smart use of ICTs.

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