The CITIES Forum, organized by the European Commission, celebrates its second edition to discuss the urban dimension of the policies of the EU.
The Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities, represented by Viana do Castelo (Vice-President), Gijón (Vice President), and La Rochelle, as well as its Coordinator, Tamara Guirao, has participated on June 2 in the CITIES Forum 2015. In addition, Gijón and La Rochelle took part in the seminar of the Urban Development Network, which was held in Brussels on 3 June.
The Forum CITIES, organized by the European Commission, held its second edition to discuss the urban dimension of EU policies and next steps to be taken towards a European Urban Agenda. Also during the forum the Urban Innovative Actions initiative was officially launched, with which the EU wants to support innovative solutions to meet future urban challenges in European cities.
The conference on the Urban Agenda counted on the participation of authorities from across the EU, as the Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu or the Vice-President of the Commission Maroš Šefčovič. Three workshops were set up on topics such as sustainable urban environment, inclusive cities, smart cities and towns in a regional context and links between urban and rural areas.
The Urban Development Network is a newly established network of urban authorities to those who implement integrated strategies for sustainable urban development, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
At the seminar the Commission shared its expertise in key areas through a series of workshops, such as the design of an integrated urban strategy, the creation of appropriate selection criteria for projects, establish integrated territorial urban instruments and financial instruments. This was an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas on these issues with representatives of the European Commission and others planning authorities across the EU.