Last April 26, the European Commission convened in Brussels the expert group with partners at EU level in the field of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds). The CAAC was represented by its Secretary General, Ms. Tamara Guirao, who attended to obtain first-hand information on current issues that affect the Atlantic Cities.
The session was opened by Walter Deffaa, Director General of DG Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission, who shared his vision about the context of the future of the cohesion policy.
Judit Torokne, Head of the Urban Policy Unit, confirmed that the process of the European Urban Agenda (EUA) continues with the expected approval of the Pact in Amsterdam at the end of the month. In her speech, Ms. Torokne collected the points expressed in the Declaration of La Rochelle by the Atlantic cities.
Please, find more detailed information on the issues that were addressed and future meetings here.
Ms. Tamara Guirao, also attended the workshop held the same day in the European Parliament about the Habitat III Conference. It counted with the presence of (among others) Jan Olbrycht (European Parliament, leader of the URBAN Intergroup), Corinne Hermmant (European Commission – Regional and Urban policy) and Fréderic Vallier (Secretary General of the CMRE).
Finally, on Monday, May 2nd, a Conference-debate with MEPs: Jean Arthuis, Alain Cadec, Yannick Jadot, and Emmanuel Maurel, was held in Rennes. As the CAAC headquarters are located in this city, the entire team joined the meeting to exchange information on the issues that were addressed: the refugees, TTIP and Brexit.