It’s time to rethink the way politics is done in Europe. #cities4Europe
The rise of Euroscepticism and populism has created a growing sense of anxiety among many Europeans. Where is the society of tolerance and respect envisaged by the post-war generation? How have citizens become so disconnected with politics? What can be done to forge a different path that delivers jobs and security to all?
EUROCITIES will host a mayors summit on 7 March in Brussels to address these concerns and find solutions to the rising tide of Euroscepticism and populism. The participating mayors will be presenting examples of good practice to European officials, and how working with citizens can engage them in a positive political process.
Following on from the principles outlined in the open letter from European mayors issued in November 2016, the summit will set out ways to rethink Europe.
- the mayors of Ghent, Stockholm, Rotterdam, Leeds, Dresden and many others
- Frans Timmermans, first vice president, European Commission
- Jyrki Katainen, vice president, European Commission
- Corina Cretu, commissioner, European Commission
- Louis Grech, deputy prime minister, Malta
- Markku Markkula, president, Committee of the regions
- Guy Verhofstadt, MEP
Cities are the closest level of government to citizens, and many tools exist across Europe that can be put to better use to help reconnect citizens. Through bringing the summit to Brussels, the mayors will be able to impact the urban agenda for the EU and will speak directly to those responsible at European level, including Frans Timmermans, first vice president, European Commission, Jyrki Katainen, vice president, European Commission, and Corina Cretu, commissioner for regional and urban policy.
The event is on invitation only, but will be live streamed here http://bit.ly/2m1KK7V
Have your say by using #cities4Europe and follow the discussion on @EUROCITIEStweet.