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EUROCITIES principles on citizen engagement

We are today, more than ever, living in times of change. We are having to face new and unexpected challenges. ‘Politics as usual’ in our representative democracy is no longer delivering what people expect, leading to an increasing distance between political institutions and citizens.

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publication date: 09-07-2020

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Five principles for citizen engagement

How do we reconnect with one another as we venture into the new normal? This question is currently being posed by people across our continent, as well as by national and EU level governments.

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publication date: 09-07-2020

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Panorama: It is all happening in Europe’s cities

Ivo Banek, EUROCITIES Communications Director, shares some examples on the efforts made by city leaders to respond to COVID-19 and why cities need a new pact with the EU to build back better.

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publication date: 07-07-2020

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Glasgow signs a strong pledge on minimum income

Glasgow signed a strong pledge on minimum income in June 2020. This is the second pledge from Glasgow, reaffirming the city's commitment to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights, after the first pledge submitted in February 2019 on housing and assistance for the homeless (ESPR principle 19).

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publication date: 24-06-2020

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Take part in EUROCITIES survey: How are cities fighting child poverty?

The COVID-19 crisis has strongly affected children, especially children in precarious family situations, who were affected in terms of schooling, physical and mental health and well-being, and even nutrition (lacking the school lunches). Home-schooling has deepened the inequalities in education and training.

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publication date: 24-06-2020

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Mayors letter to Europe: More funding for science

In an open letter to leaders of the EU institutions, political groups and representatives of the member states, six mayors of major European cities call for more funding for science.

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publication date: 17-06-2020

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Riders on the storm

In these challenging times, I feel we are “riders on the storm”, like the Doors sang. The deconfinement measures seem to have brought life progressively back to normal and the numbers look better. However, I think “there’s a killer [still] on the road” and the storm is not over. Actually, I believe the pandemic has only exposed the many storms we were riding on already pre-COVID and made them both more visible and worse.

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publication date: 17-06-2020

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An EU recovery powered by cities

Cities have been the hardest hit by the crisis. During the pandemic, cities have dealt with unprecedented urban challenges. It is where the need to tackle poverty, inequality and discrimination is the most urgent. At the same time, local public budgets have been eroded due to declining tax revenues and sharp increase in demand for social services and income support. With many local businesses, shops and cultural venues facing bankruptcy, unemployment is increasing.

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publication date: 12-06-2020

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Mayors call for a new pact between the EU and cities

“If we get it right in cities, we will get it right for Europe” Cities want to play an active role in Europe’s recovery after the corona pandemic. Mayors of major European cities offered a ‘new pact between the EU and city leadership’ to overcome the impacts of the crisis. In meetings with the European Commission’s Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans and Commissioners Paolo Gentiloni and Johannes Hahn on Friday, the mayors proposed to involve city governments more in the EU recovery...

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publication date: 12-06-2020

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Recovery – Mayors call for a new pact between the EU and cities

Cities want to play an active role in Europe’s recovery after the corona pandemic. Mayors of major European cities have offered a 'new pact between the EU and city leadership' to overcome the impacts of the crisis. In meetings with the European Commission’s Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans and Commissioners Paolo Gentiloni and Johannes Hahn on Friday, organised by Eurocities, the mayors proposed to involve city governments more in the EU recovery programmes and demanded direct...

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publication date: 12-06-2020