June 2015


Politicians meet in Nantes: ‘no global climate deal without cities’

City leaders discussed the need to recognise the role of cities and urban solutions in a global climate deal at COP 21 during a debate in Nantes on 10 June. They adopted our statement on cities and COP 21, which stresses the important link between local climate action, social cohesion and employment. The event, hosted by our president and mayor of Nantes, Johanna Rolland, is part of a series of events we are participating in or organising in the run up to COP 21.


EUROCITIES at Commission's CiTIES Forum

"An EU urban agenda is about cities, national governments and the EU working together to solve Europe's problems," said Tom Balthazar, deputy mayor of Ghent, representing EUROCITIES at the CiTIES Forum on 2 June in Brussels.


Green jobs for social inclusion

Our new collection of good practices highlights how cities are promoting employment and social inclusion in the green sector for vulnerable groups, such as young people and the long term unemployed.


Cities should not be obliged to sign EU transparency register

New guidelines on the EU transparency register mean that cities are now treated in the same way as private businesses and commercial lobbyists. We believe that while efforts to improve transparency are commendable, cities should not be required to register in order for their democratically elected representatives to access the EU institutions.


Thomas Fabian on inclusive cities at CiTIES Forum

Thomas Fabian, vice mayor of Leipzig and chair of our social affairs forum, outlined a number of social affairs issues that could be addressed through an EU urban agenda during a workshop on inclusive and socially integrated cities at the European Commission's 2nd CiTIES Forum on 2 June.


Anna Lisa Boni: “there can be no smart cities without smart citizens”

We stressed the importance of involving citizens in the transition towards smarter cities at a series of events around Europe. The events include the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities General Assembly, and the Smart City Event in Amsterdam.


Cities in action: REECH, Liverpool

Our latest 'cities in action' case study looks at Liverpool's REECH project, a public-private pilot to test green retrofitting in Liverpool City Region's housing sector. The project involves retrofitting 14 green technologies, individually and in various combinations, into several thousand social housing units.


Informal Council meeting – ‘Towards an EU urban agenda’

Karine Daniel, deputy mayor of Nantes, represented us at an informal Council meeting in Riga on 10 June, where national ministers adopted a declaration on an EU urban agenda.


Other News

EUROCITIES and Polis call for ambitious air quality deal

Together with Polis, we published an open letter calling for an ambitious air quality deal.

Culture for cities and regions: call for study visit participation open until 9 July

We are inviting cities and regions to apply by 9 July to take part in study visits.

CITYkeys - assessing the needs of cities and citizens

The results of two surveys on performance indicators for smart city projects are now available.

GuiDance project - leading role for Green Digital Charter signatories

Signatories of our Green Digital Charter are preparing for the next phase of the initiative.

TIDE transport innovation project wins European award

TIDE won the EPOMM Best Policy Transfer Award.

Infographics on transition from education to employment

The infographics focus on a series of projects in Birmingham.

EU urban agenda? See our infographic

Our new infographic illustrates our visions for an EU urban agenda that promotes better involvement of cities in policy making.

Toronto’s Newcomer Day

Toronto, the first non-European signatory of our Integrating Cities Charter, hosted its first Newcomer Day at the end of May.

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