September 2015


Cities of refuge: EUROCITIES members take leadership

Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes and EUROCITIES president, explains how cities are showing leadership in the refugee crisis. Cities are continuing to provide emergency assistance to refugees, from housing and healthcare to advice and social services. Cities have an essential part to play in ensuring the long term integration of refugees into society, and the EU needs to deliver political and financial recognition to allow cities to continue the support they are already offering.


Don't miss out - register now for EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo

Our annual conference takes place in Copenhagen and Malmo on 4-6 November. Register now to take part in discussions on sustainable growth and quality of life in cities, including thematic discussions on our key areas of work. We will also reveal the winners of the EUROCITIES awards 2015, and there will be plenty of opportunities for networking with colleagues around Europe.


Urban dialogues – migration and asylum in cities

We discussed the role of cities in the current refugee crisis at our second 'urban dialogues' event in partnership with The Centre. We heard how Vienna is dealing with the influx of refugees, working with partner organisations around the city. We also heard about the Vienna Charter, which promotes diversity in the city. The speakers discussed the need for reform of the Dublin system and the need for greater direct involvement of cities in addressing the refugee crisis.


Cities contributing to inclusive labour markets

We will launch our new publication on cities promoting inclusive labour markets at our next social affairs forum in Brussels on 20-21 October. The publication presents good practices demonstrating how cities engage with those furthest from the labour market, and participants at the forum will discuss the measures cities use to promote inclusive labour markets.


EUROCITIES secretary general cycles with European leaders

European policy makers spoke about the importance of promoting sustainable urban mobility at the launch of the 2015 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign on 16 September. Violeta Bulc, European transport commissioner, was among those who emphasised the importance of making cycling more popular in our cities. Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES secretary general, praised cities for their exemplary efforts in promoting greener transport, and joined in a bike ride with the other speakers.


Cities in action: Neighbourhood action, The Hague

Getting citizens on board is central to The Hague's efforts to become climate neutral by 2040. It is running a grant scheme for citizens with bright ideas for improving the environment or reducing emissions. It also offers support for developing ideas and connecting with businesses. So far, results include a garden on top of a supermarket roof and a system supplying homes with residual heat from local shops.


Other News

Covenant of Mayors & Mayors Adapt ceremony

A new Covenant of Mayors will be launched at a ceremony in Brussels on 15 October.

OPEN DAYS seminar on active travel in cities

As part of the 2015 OPEN DAYS, we are organising a seminar on local policies and measures to support active travel.

OPEN DAYS workshop on mobile EU citizens

Our workshop will present EU level actions on mobile EU citizens and provide an opportunity to share good practices.

European Parliament recognises role of local authorities in green employment

A resolution adopted by MEPs in July recognises the important role cities have to play in promoting employment within the green economy.

Culture for Cities and Regions - overview & update

We update you on the latest activities as part of our Culture for Cities and Regions initiative.

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