Conference “Old European cities as a key for sustainability” – 10.01.2013
URBAN Intergroup hosted the final conference of the URBACT network “LINKS- Old European cities as a key for sustainability” on Thursday 10 January 2013 at European Parliament in Brussels.
How can the challenges concerning the environment and heritage building protection be reconciled to offer a majority of people sustainable and attractive housing at the very heart of the city? This is the main question that the Network of European Historic cities of the LINKS Project have tried to answer within the URBACT Programme. During the seminar LINKS presented findings and policy recommendations on how historical city centres are tomorrow’s eco-districts.
Seminar on Attractiveness of Corporate Real Estate Investing in EU Cities – 26.11.2012
URBAN Intergroup and RICS organized a seminar on Monday 26 November from 13.00 to 15.00 in the European Parliament in Brussels, room P7C050.
We discussed the findings of the RICS research report “Corporate Real Estates: Investment in EU cities” in order to better understand the economic success which stands behind some of the world cities. An impact of the EU legislation on the real estate sector has been underlined during the seminar.
Seminar on Natural Solutions for Urban Areas in Europe – 14.11.2012
URBAN Intergroup and Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Intergroup organised jointly a High-Level Workshop entitled “Natural Solutions for Urban Areas in Europe” which took place on Wednesday 14 November 2012 from 15:00 to 17:00 in the European Parliament in Brussels, room P3C050.
The aim of this workshop was to raise awareness on the value of biodiversity and nature-based solutions to help European cities cope with the challenges they are experiencing today in the face of rapid urbanisation. Participants shared experiences and best practices on the economic and social value of biodiversity and ecosystems services for urban life.
Working lunch with EUROCITIES – May 8th, 2012
The URBAN Intergroup organised jointly with EUROCITIES a working lunch to discuss the major issues related to the next structural funds programming period relevant for cities. Several MEPs involved in the work on the new regulations will debated with numerous representatives of cities from across Europe at 4 thematic tables about: partnership, functional urban areas, new territorial instruments and the ESF contribution to urban development.
Urban policy – what do you mean? – March 6th, 2012
The seminar organised at the European Parliament in Brussels turned out to be a great opportunity to discuss different understanding of urban policy in the private and public sector. The EU policy towards the cities, integrated approach versus smart cities, public private partnership, the role of the leadership, the influence of new technologies on the public sphere and simplification of EU rules are just few of the subjects touched upon during the discussion.
Members of the Intergroup and numerous partners present at the seminar followed the presentations explaining the approach towards urban policy by the European Commission, the European Parliament as well as representatives of three private companies: IBM, Nokia Siemens, and Philips. Lambert van Nistelrooij, Jan Olbrycht and Oldrich Vlasak were the Intergroup’s speakers at the event.