Meeting with URBAN partners – February 24th, 2010
After the official approval of the URBAN Intergroup at the European Parliament, members of the Intergroup met in Brussels with partners and organisations interested in the cooperation with the Intergroup. The meeting started with the presentation “Global challenges for world’s towns and cities – example of sustainable urbanisation in developing countries” by Jean B. Bakole, Director, UN-HABITAT, Representation Office to the European Union and Belgium. The rest of the meeting was devoted to the presentation of the objectives, priorities and organisational matter related to the work of the Intergroup and to the discussion about the cooperation with the partners.
Cities4Europe – January 27th, 2010
At the beginning of the new parliamentary term the URBAN Intergroup organised together with one of its partners, EUROCITIES, a reception to discuss challenges lying ahead for European cities. This event provided an opportunity for a meeting among Members of the European Parliament and local leaders, and an exchange on how European cities are tackling current challenges such as economic recovery, climate change or social inclusion – the burning issues of the years to come. Participants discuissed the common priorities in both EUROCITIES and the European Parliament’s work and agreed to cooperate in order to find the best EU strategies for Europe’s towns and cities.