November 2015


A reflection on EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo

Our annual conference, EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo, took place on 4-6 November. Over 400 participants including 70 politicians discussed the theme of 'sustainable growth and quality of life', including through a series of thematic roundtable discussions. Philipp Rode, executive director of LSE cities, delivered the keynote speech, and politicians met for two closed sessions, on climate and on refugees.


Spotlight on the EUROCITIES awards winners - new case studies!

We look in more detail at the winners of the 2015 EUROCITIES awards, which were announced on 4 November at a ceremony in Malmo. The winning projects come from Edinburgh, Gothenburg and Milan, and address issues such as job creation and entrepreneurship, air quality and traffic congestion, and community participation in improving the natural environment.


Climate action - an opportunity for cities

Leaders of major European cities met on 6 November for discussions on climate action ahead of COP 21 in Paris, starting today. Speaking after the discussions, mayor of Nantes and EUROCITIES president said: "The challenge ahead of us is huge, but we are keen to highlight the opportunities of climate action for cities. This is a chance to improve social cohesion, support innovation and help households and businesses save money, all while cutting emissions."


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.


Supporting Roma inclusion in cities

Our statement on Roma inclusion emphasises the key role city authorities play in offering a decent life to all, by providing non-discriminatory access to services such as education, health, training, employment and housing. We highlight concrete initiatives that city authorities can use to address discrimination and ensure that Roma people have equal access to the programmes and services to which they are entitled.


Cities addressing youth unemployment

We stress the crucial role of city authorities in promoting an integrated approach to deal with youth unemployment, which is a problem in cities across the EU, even in regions and countries where the overall unemployment rate is relatively low. We recommend closer collaboration between cities, member states and the EU, as well as greater flexibility in designing youth employment policies so that they can be adapted to meet the needs on the ground.


Joint ceremony launching new integrated Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy

The European Commission announced a new integrated Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy at a ceremony in Brussels on 15 October. Representatives from towns and cities leading the way on climate adaptation met in the European Parliament for the ceremony, which saw the existing Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt initiatives merged into a single, more ambitious initiative whereby signatories commit to reducing carbon emissions by at least 40% by 2030.


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.


An Incredibol! study visit in Bologna

Bologna hosted a study visit as part of our Culture for Cities and Regions initiative on 28-29 October, focusing on supporting local creative entrepreneurs. One of the initiatives discussed was Incredibol!, a network of public and private sector partners designed to boost the local cultural and creative sector. It offers support to young entrepreneurs to help them establish and grow their businesses, and helps retain creative talent in the region.


Other News

'Do the Right Mix' campaign awarded COP 21 label

The 'Do the Right Mix' awareness raising campaign on sustainable urban mobility has been granted the official COP 21 label.

EUROCITIES members to participate in Mayors Adapt twinning programme

A total of 22 cities from 11 EU countries have been selected to take part in the Mayors Adapt city twinning programme.

From new urban governance to new public space - second SEISMIC report

We recently published our second SEISMIC project policy watch report, exploring the underpinnings of 'new urban governance' in European cities.

EUROCITIES partners Metropolis Policy Transfer Platform

We have become a partner of Metropolis, the world association of major metropolises, and will be contributing to their policy transfer platform.

Lessons from the social affairs forum in Brussels - 'inclusive labour markets'

We look at some of the lessons from our social affairs forum in Brussels on 20-21 October, which focused on inclusive labour markets.

Lessons from the Ljubljana culture forum

We share some of the lessons and insights from our culture forum in Ljubljana on 30 September to 2 October, which focused on new forms of cooperation and support.

Lessons from our economic development forum in Zagreb

Our economic development forum met in Zagreb on 19-21 October for discussions on innovative forms of local economic activities supporting job creation; we share some lessons from the meeting.

Lessons from our mobility forum in Tallinn - 'inclusive mobility'

We share some of the lessons from the EUROCITIES mobility forum on ‘inclusive urban mobility’, which took place in Tallinn on 19-21 October 2015.

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