At a time when Europe is striving to retain its legitimacy and relevance in the face of growing disillusionment and Euroscepticism, cities can provide a critical link with citizens. Cities are crucial in shaping the future of Europe, as EUROCITIES already demonstrated in the successful ‘Mayors’ summit on the future of Europe’ in March 2017. By mobilising our network of over 140 Europe's largest cities, that between them govern 130 million citizens across 39 countries, we now want to take the next step and actively demonstrate what citizens and cities can do and are already doing at local level to co-create our future. Throughout May 2018, ‘Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens’ will showcase successful local initiatives that engage citizens, present ideas for new forms of democracy and map out a positive, common future. By looking at answers together with their citizens, cities will have the opportunity to show their commitment to co-creating societies where people come first, and where trust between citizens and public authorities is strengthened.
Our campaign will come alive through various activities in our member cities - from art exhibitions to youth assemblies, from (social) media campaigns to public debates. ‘Cities4Europe – Europe for Citizens’ will kick-off in early May 2018 with a series of actions in all participating cities. A dedicated website will feature interviews with leading European personalities, news linked to the campaign and showcase local and transnational activities. Cities4Europe – Europe for Citizens’ wants to inspire cities and other levels of government, including the EU institutions, to pursue mechanisms and tools that engage citizens in policy making, strengthening new forms of democracy across Europe. [+]
El BEI pone en marcha URBIS, un nuevo servicio de asesoramiento para ayudar a las ciudades a planificar las inversiones
El servicio URBIS (en inglés, «Urban Investment Support», ayuda a la inversión urbana) ayudará a las ciudades a planificar las inversiones para financiar sus propias estrategias de desarrollo urbano y acceder más fácilmente a la financiación. A la hora de acceder a la financiación, las ciudades se enfrentan a retos particulares. Los proyectos municipales individuales, por ejemplo en los ámbitos de la inclusión social, la regeneración urbana o la eficiencia energética, pueden resultar demasiado arriesgados o demasiado pequeños para el mercado. Al mismo tiempo, también puede resultar difícil obtener financiación para programas urbanos integrados, ya que estos agrupan varios proyectos pequeños en diferentes sectores. Por último, las ciudades también pueden encontrarse con límites cuando piden un préstamo.
URBIS pretende ayudar a las ciudades a hacer frente a estos problemas específicos. Lo hará tanto en el diseño como en la planificación y la ejecución de sus estrategias y proyectos de inversión, proporcionándoles asesoramiento técnico y financiero personalizado, también en relación con opciones de financiación innovadoras. El objetivo es asistir al despegue de proyectos sólidos a corto o medio plazo, por ejemplo en el ámbito de las acciones relacionadas con el clima urbano. (RAPID, IP/17/4941, 28.11.2017)
This Methodological manual of city statistics aims to provide data suppliers with the necessary information to achieve coherence and comparability of the data collected, and to support users in understanding and interpreting the meaning of the data for their own purposes.
The core part of the Methodological Manual of City Statistics is the 'Glossary' chapter, where the individual variables and indicators are defined and described together with concrete examples. In addition to the 'Glossary', complementary information on the data quality and methodology as well as explanations on the spatial dimensions and coding system are given in order to guarantee a harmonised and comparable dataset. [+]
A new dedicated interactive website for the Urban Agenda for the EU is launched! The website enables stakeholders to be informed on the Urban Agenda and it's Partnerships and to actively contribute and participate in discussions. You are invited to join this community so you can contribute and make your voice heard! Please register so you will be receiving a monthly newsletter and notifications related to your own interest. Follow us on @EUUrbanAgenda. [+]
Culture, cities and identity in Europe
Luxemburg, OPOCE, 2016
The study addresses political decision makers, professionals in urban administration and planning and cultural players alike, aiming to provide both a qualitative and quantitative analysis of findings highlighting culture, cities and identity in Europe. It also addresses those involved in the wider process of bringing democratic debate and governance to communities. Following the framework proposed by the EESC, it starts with a thorough overview of the facts and figures surrounding the economic contribution of culture in its broad definition. It is then split into four topic areas, which will be examined separately, all the while highlighting unavoidable overlaps and following connections, providing an overview of studies and European good-practice examples which address: - Culture as an instrument for reconverting cities, - Culture as a tool for integration and inclusiveness, and - Culture as a pillar of European identity within Europe and beyond. [+]
This report highlights how the unique characteristics of European cities can support the EU priorities of jobs & growth, migration and climate action. Cities boost innovation, embrace people from different backgrounds and reduce our impact on the planet. Cities that operate at the metropolitan scale and have sufficient autonomy and resources can better exploit these urban advantages.
As cities have important investment needs, EU Cohesion Policy will provide more than EUR 100 billion for projects on innovation in SMEs, social integration, low-carbon mobility and energy efficiency in the period 2014-2020. To help cities learn from each other, the report compares the performance of cities and provides examples of policies that have worked.
This report was prepared to support the Urban Agenda for the EU and the new global Urban Agenda adopted. It was jointly produced by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and UN-Habitat. [+]