July 2015


EUROCITIES awards 2015 – the shortlist is out!

Which cities are in the running for a EUROCITIES award this year? Find out more about the cities and their projects, all of which are linked to the theme of EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo, 'Living cities - sustainable urban growth and quality of life'. The three winners will be revealed at a ceremony on 4 November during the conference.


Breaking down barriers - working together for a better Europe

Together with the cities of Lisbon and Berlin, we hosted a conference on accessible cities in Lisbon on 18-19 June. Participants explored the role of cities in making Europe an accessible place, including the impact of accessibility on employment, social inclusion and active ageing. The conference concluded with a political debate on how Europe can become more accessible.


World Summit for Climate and Territories: a 1.5bn tonne milestone towards COP 21

Meeting in Lyon for the World Summit on Climate and Territories, local government representatives and NGOs showcased commitments to reduce CO2 emissions by 2020 that together account for a 1.5bn tonne reduction in CO2. Local governments were praised for their ambitious climate targets ahead of a global deal to be reached at COP 21 in Paris this December.


Local implementation of the Youth Guarantee - OECD workshop

We presented the EUROCITIES Declaration on Work and our recent video on the Newcastle Futures initiative at an OECD workshop on local implementation of the youth guarantee. The workshop also heard from the Greater Manchester Talent Match project, an initiative designed to engage young people aged 18-24 and help them progress towards employment.


Shut out and abandoned by society: study visit on homeless people with multiple and complex needs

At a study visit to Nantes in June, members of our working group homelessness discussed how to engage with groups of homeless people that do not respond to typical interventions. Three site visits looked at some of Nantes' services for homeless people, including a baggage store facility.


Cities in action: Supporting older residents in Besiktas

Besiktas in Turkey has a population of older residents that is more than double the national average. It launched the 'wellbeing service' in 2013 in response to their specific needs. Now, older residents benefit from essential services in their homes, such as personal care, catering and cleaning. A social alarm device allows them to reach relatives and call for services at the touch of a button. Find out more in our latest case study.


Other News

Urban dialogues: migration & asylum in cities

Join us on 21 September for the next 'urban dialogues' on migration and asylum issues in cities.

Discover cultural initiatives in cities & regions

Browse 30 case studies demonstrating how culture can foster economic development, urban regeneration and social inclusion.

Green Digital Charter: cooperating with Chinese cities

A network of Chinese cities could act as a counterpart to European GDC signatories working on ICT for energy efficiency.


Is your city or town committed to sustainable urban mobility? Then take part in this year's EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK!

New project to reduce traffic congestion

The CREATE project will provide tailored advice and guidance to help local authorities deal with traffic congestion.

EUROCITIES joins asylum discussions with MEPs

Milan's vice mayor described cities' experiences of dealing with asylum and migration issues at a meeting of the European Parliament's LIBE committee.

Investing in job creation for young people

We explained how cities are creating job opportunities for young people at a conference in Brussels on 25 June.

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