At the General Assembly in Brest (October 2012), the Atlantic Arc Cities made clear their will to defend an Urban Dimension for the Atlantic Strategy. Indeed, ” The cities and their local authorities are experiencing a period both difficult and strategic:
-Difficult, because agglomerations are faced with an economic and social crisis of extreme gravity that has, consequently, increased distrust of the populations with respect to European policies.
-Strategic, because we are in the last months of negotiation of European programming.
The CAAC considers as essential the strengthening of cohesion policy. The cities, in contact with the citizens, concentrate the greatest social difficulties and are the lever of economic activity (three quarters of the investment). Having the potential to boost growth and the European economy, they provide sustainable reponses to the crisis.“
Please find the full text of the Final Declaration of the XIII General Assembly here.