The future of Europe passes through the cities
The Atlantic cities adopted the , which shows that local governments are key for the future of the European project, a fundamental factor for recovery after the COVID crisis and the indispensable link between citizens and European institutions. Therefore, they request that:
- In accordance with the principles adopted in the Amsterdam Pact, cities are considered in the decision-making process, as actors, as beneficiaries, but also as spokespersons for citizens.
- The European Urban Agenda should have a real translation in the multiannual financial framework 2021-2027, either with a specific program or with a clear alignment. It cannot be limited to a small paragraph of the ERDF Regulation.
- The current Urban Partnerships of the European Agenda should be applied practically in the programming of European policies and do not remain as “reports in a drawer”.
- The European Urban Agenda must be aligned both with global urban policies and with the United Nations Urban Agenda.
- European urban policy shall move from principles to actions, with a pragmatic approach that is that of local authorities:
- The proximity to citizens and their daily problems.
- Immediate response to impacts such as COVID.
- Establishment of networks at the local, regional, national and international levels.
- Sensitive to social needs.
- Flexibility, proportionality and empathy.
- The Atlantic cities propose the maintenance of initiatives with a strong European added value, such as support for city twinning or international relations. A strong urban dimension in territorial cooperation programs is essential.
- The Atlantic cities require a special effort in the drafting of the research program that will allow a broader participation of local authorities.
- In the same way, the “Connecting Europe” program should aim to provide efficient connections between remote cities and with the main networks, respecting the principle of territorial cohesion.
- The Atlantic cities want to point out that the local level is the most effective in the fight against climate change and that programs like LIFE + will have to take this factor into account.
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