March 2015


Let’s act now, or risk losing a generation

We launched our declaration on work on 26 February in the presence of city politicians and Pierre Moscovici, European commissioner for economic and financial affairs. Our declaration stresses the important role cities can play in tackling Europe's employment crisis by developing integrated solutions that are effective at local level. With five of the 24 million people unemployed across Europe at the end of 2014 aged 25 or under, we need to act now or we risk losing a generation.


EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo to focus on 'Living cities'

EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo, our annual conference, takes place on 4-6 November. It will focus on the theme 'Living cities - sustainable urban growth and quality of life' and participants will explore new ways of promoting sustainable economic growth, creating jobs and improving quality of life for citizens. There will also be a private political session, where local politicians will discuss the role of cities in addressing climate change ahead of the COP21 negotiations in Paris.


Working with urban-friendly MEPs

Our politicians met members of the European Parliament's URBAN intergroup on 25 February for a series of focused discussions on urban challenges. The event was a chance to move the political discussion on an EU urban agenda a step further. Karine Daniel, vice mayor of Nantes, representing our president, joined the Parliament's regional development committee the following morning for a discussion on Kerstin Westphal MEP's draft report on the urban dimension of EU policies.


Energy Union can’t work without cities and citizens

European Commission vice president Maroš Šefčovič said "cities are key to the establishment of the Energy Union project" when meeting 15 EUROCITIES mayors for a high level discussion on the strategic role of smart cities on 25 February. The event coincided with the launch of the Energy Union strategy, designed to ensure secure, affordable and climate friendly energy for all EU citizens and businesses. Speaking at the event, George Ferguson, mayor of European Green Capital, Bristol, called for more EU support for community-led initiatives.


Cities in action: Edinburgh's energy efficient buses

Our latest 'cities in action' case study looks at Edinburgh's Auld but not Reekie initiative to reduce pollution from energy use on its public bus network. The initiative is part of an ongoing strategy to reduce pollution in Edinburgh and its surrounding districts, and the council's goals to cut carbon emissions by 42% by 2020. It includes a fleet of new hybrid buses, and technology to reduce exhaust emissions from older buses. The new buses feature on board WiFi and executive design to encourage car drivers to take public transport.


Bremen and Ostersund win sustainable urban mobility awards

Violeta Bulc, European commissioner for transport, presented EUROCITIES member Bremen with the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) Award on 23 March. At the ceremony in Brussels, Ostersund in Sweden won the European Mobility Week Award. Bremen's approach to monitoring and evaluating its SUMP impressed the judges, especially its interactive web platform which was used to gather feedback from residents, and its analysis of different scenarios showing the effect of various measures.


Other News

SEiSMiC project report sums up urban policy trends

The SEiSMiC project has published its first Policy Watch report, highlighting trends in urban social innovation at global, European and project levels.

City twinning on climate adaptation

Mayors Adapt, the European Commission's initiative on climate adaptation, is offering cities the opportunity to learn from each other on ways to become more resilient.

Burgas becomes 45th Green Digital Charter signatory

Burgas has become the 45th signatory of our Green Digital Charter and first Bulgarian city to join the initiative.

OPTICITIES: opening urban ITS data

The cities involved in OPTICITIES are pooling their mobility data and developing a standard for multimodal urban datasets.

'Closing the digital gap' study visit report

The study visit examined city initiatives designed to tackle digital exclusion in Bordeaux, Ghent, Rijeka, Sheffield and Utrecht.

Peer review on homelessness report

We summarise the findings of our June 2014 peer review on Newcastle's Active Inclusion Strategy for homeless people in a new report.

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