Consultation on “The urban dimension of EU policies – key features of an EU Urban Agenda”

Europe continues to be faced with challenges related to the economy, the climate, the environment, and society at large. Most of these challenges have a strong urban dimension. But although cities’ role for economic, social and cultural development, and their potential for a more resource efficient habitat, have long been recognised, the policy response at European and national level has been slow and piecemeal, with many but poorly integrated sectoral initiatives. Therefore, the European Commission has opened a consultation process whose deadline is the next September 26th. 

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from stakeholders responsible and/or concerned by urban development at EU, national, regional and local level, including Member States, public authorities and representative bodies, non-governmental organisations, academic and research institutions, business, citizens.

A growing number of voices argue that cities need to be adequately involved in the conception and implementation of EU policies, and that EU policies need to be better adapted to the urban realities where they will be implemented. This is expressed by calls for an EU urban agenda coming from a range of stakeholders at the EU, national and local level. The purpose of this consultation is to widen debate to all stakeholders and to reach relevant stakeholders and to gather their ideas and further clarifying the need for an EU urban agenda, what its objectives should be and how it could function.

Building on the Urban Strategy for the Atlantic Arc, CAAC is preparing a response on behalf of its members. Should you wish to bring forward your expertise, we’ll be glad to count on your opinion, either in an e-mail form or as a comment below. Moreover, should you be sending an individual contribution, we’ll be happy to publish it as a guest post. 

Edit 26/09/14 

Should you wish to read CAAC’s response, please download it HERE.