July 2016


Register now for 'Skilling up for jobs in cities'

EUROCITIES and the city of Rotterdam are organising a high level event on skills on 21 September. 'Skilling up for jobs in cities - Making the most of the urban agenda for the EU' will include a political roundtable session with representatives from the European Commission, as well as workshops with experts from the OECD, ILO, CSR Europe and European Commission DG Employment and DG GROW.


'Let's live up to our ambitions' – EUROCITIES joint statement on Youth Guarantee

EUROCITIES, together with the European Youth Forum, ETUC, and other European organisations, calls on the European Commission and the European Parliament to ensure the necessary investment to support the Youth Guarantee across Europe. We co-signed a joint statement on 4 July.


Timmermans and Termont discuss urban agenda and TTIP

Daniël Termont, mayor of Ghent and EUROCITIES vice president, met Frans Timmermans, European Commission vice president, on 29 June for a discussion on the Commission's work programme priorities for 2017. Daniël Termont made the case for including the Urban Agenda for the EU in the new work programme as a tool for better regulation. He also raised issues relating to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), on which EUROCITIES recently published a policy statement.


Who is in the running for a EUROCITIES award 2016?

Nine cities have been shortlisted for the 2016 EUROCITIES awards, across three different categories. They are: Helsinki, Nice and Zaragoza in the cooperation category; Athens, Glasgow and Utrecht in the innovation category; and Amsterdam, Gijon and Leeds in the participation category. We have now published short descriptions of the shortlisted projects.


Register now for Climate Chance summit in Nantes

Join other non-state actors for a major summit on climate in Nantes on 26-28 September. Registration is now open for the first global Climate Chance summit, expected to bring together thousands of stakeholders committed to addressing climate change in the run up to COP 22 in Marrakesh. EUROCITIES is coordinating an opening plenary session focusing on cities' transition to a green economy.


EUROCITIES reacts to air quality deal: cities’ efforts risk being compromised

On 30 June, the Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the new National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive. The Council refused to set binding targets for 2025 and introduced a number of flexibilities, which have the potential to delay the delivery of results. Cities rely heavily on these national limits in order to back up their own air quality efforts.


Responsible public procurement in the spotlight

Nantes will host a series of events in late November and early December focusing on public procurement. We are coordinating an event on social responsibility through public procurement for EUROCITIES members, and Nantes will hold its annual conference on public services on the theme of the social economy, and how this relates to public procurement and state aid.


Commission committed to being an ally, Šefčovič tells EUROCITIES

European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič told EUROCITIES politicians meeting in Nantes on 14 June that the Commission "is committed to being a strong partner and ally in realising your ambition to make your cities smarter, more sustainable, and more inclusive." The politicians were meeting the Commission vice president to push their message of a city-led and citizen-focused approach to smart cities.


EUROCITIES at member state experts group on urban mobility

EUROCITIES was invited for the first time to the meeting of the EU member states' expert group on urban mobility, held on 29 June. Over the past two years, we have been urging the expert group to invite city representatives to its meeting to ensure its work and conclusions meet the needs of cities. We made a number of recommendations at the meeting and representatives from London, Malmo and Sofia also contributed.


Other News

CIVITAS SATELLITE project kicks off

The project supports CIVITAS innovation actions, CIVITAS Forum Network cities and Horizon 2020 funded urban mobility research and innovation projects.

CREATE training and presentations at CIVITAS Forum Conference

Learn more about the CREATE project on tackling urban traffic congestion during the CIVITAS Forum in Gdynia on 28-30 September.

Local solutions in fight against energy poverty

The Covenant of Mayors organised a panel discussion on the role of local authorities in addressing energy poverty during European Sustainable Energy Week.

Workshop explores role of ICT applications in cities

Read about our workshop on ICT for energy efficiency and energy security in Europe on 16 June.

Local economic activities to foster integration of migrants

Our economic development forum on 26-28 October will look at how cities help people with a migrant background find a job, develop skills and set up businesses.

Circular Economy Package: Parliament report & EUROCITIES response

Simona Bonafè MEP presented her report on 15 June, and EUROCITIES published a joint statement together with Municipal Waste Europe and CEMR.

Transition towards circular, resilient cities

Our next EUROCITIES Environment Forum on 19-21 October in Ljubljana will focus on the circular economy, an area in which the Slovenian capital has proven a model for other cities.

Culture for Cities and Regions: final study visits

The final study visits under the Culture for Cities and Regions initiative took place in Regensburg and Vilnius in June.

EUSEW event focuses on Energy Union

CEMR, Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, EUROCITIES, and ICLEI teamed up to host an event on 15 June, during European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).

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