Last Saturday the network of the Atlantic Cities turned 18. Founded on July 7, 2000 by Mr. Edmond Hervé in Rennes, the network aims to develop cooperation among its members. This union, in addition, means that they are listened to more closely by the community institutions, without forgetting the dialogue of citizens in the continental area.
From the beginning, the Atlantic Cities have concentrated their efforts on key priorities for their development. Since 2017, these three themes are Ocean and Blue Growth, Participation and Sustainable Urban Development.
In 2004, the Conference contributed to the meeting of the European Commission to maintain a permanent territorial dialogue. In 2008, the network adopted the Charter of San Sebastian, which advanced the green economy model as a model for the future of cities, through the creation of a concept of sustainable urban development. This strategic document was renewed in 2018.
Between 2009 and 2012, numerous projects were launched: Anatole, a commitment to the development of the local economy; Imagina Atlantica, in the domain of the image and the digital or Toneta, a network of cities to create an urban strategy for the promotion of Atlantic networks.
With 20 member cities representing almost 400 municipalities, the network works now on different projects, including She4Sea, an initiative to defend the role of women in the maritime sector, Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs and the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program.
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