5 June 2013

URBAN Intergroup next event – 18 June 2013

URBAN Intergroup together with DG REGIO will organise an event dedicated to a recently published study – “Urban development in the EU: 50 Projects Supported by the ERDF in 2007-2013” which will take place on Tuesday June 18th 9.00-10.45 in Conference centre A. Borschette (36 Froissart Str., 1040Brussels, room nr. 0D).


The study presents 50 projects which received ERDF investment and offers an information package for selected cities, with detailed information on projects and results. The study gathers a range of good urban practice, and represents a ‘state of play’ in how the cities have put local urban policies into action with ERDF investment from 2007-13. The cities highlighted reveal interesting ideas, solutions and cooperation or collaboration methods serving as inspiration for other urban areas and managing authorities. A detailed presentation of the study will be provided and will be followed by a panel discussion.


Registration – If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to by Thursday 13th June and include your name, first name, date of birth and nationality (this information is needed for access to the building). In addition, you are also reminded to bring a valid ID or passport to gain access to the building.


The URBAN Intergroup event will be followed by the URBACT launching event of a series of six new thematic reports “Cities of Tomorrow: Action Today”.  



4 June 2013

Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities tool – 4 June 2013

URBAN Intergroup in cooperation with CEMR and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability organised a breakfast event on “Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) tool” on Tuesday June 4th in Brussels.


The main aim of this event was to present the Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) tool, a new online and free of charge toolkit created to help cities in promoting their work on integrated sustainable urban development. The RFSC is a joint initiative of the Member States led by France, the European Commission and European organizations of local governments.


The breakfast event was opened by Frédéric Vallier, CEMR Secretary General. Jan Olbrycht, President of the URBAN Intergroup, underlined the role of cities in EU policies and sustainable development in Europe in his introductory statement “We should fight for integrated thinking in EU policies. If sustainable means environmental protection, there is no added value. We must consider sustainable as integrated!” he stressed. Jan Olbrycht underlined as well the importance of partnership between different partners which will raise the effectiveness of cooperation and reduce the costs of actions. In conclusion, he stated that the most sensitive element for the role of cities today is the delegation of power. “Big step to make is to delegate the competences to the city level, which will go in line with the subsidiarity principle!” he added.


29 January 2013

Workshop “Social housing in the European Union” – 28 January 2013

URBAN and Public Services Intergroups organised a workshop “Social Housing in the European Union” on Monday 28 January at the European Parliament in Brussels. 


The workshop was opened by Françoise CASTEX, Chair of the Public Services Intergroup. Karima Delli, Vice-President of the URBAN Intergroup, presented then the draft initiative report on Social housing in the European Union. This presentation was followed by the reactions of the representatives of European Economic and Social Committee, DG REGIO, MEPs and stakeholders. 


24 January 2013

Conference “Tackling Health Inequalities through Investing in Housing” – 22 January 2013

URBAN Intergroup, CECODHAS Housing Europe and the European Public Health Alliance jointly organised the conference “Tackling Health Inequalities through Investing in Housing” on Tuesday 22 January 2013 at European Parliament inBrussels. 

During the  conference, the latest findings on health and housing conditions in Europe and on the advantages of investment in housing to reduce health inequalities were analysed notably by officers from the WHO and the OECD.

Public health organizations and social housing providers presented five challenging case studies making the most of synergies between the two fields of action. The afternoon sessions was dedicated to discussions with European Commission officers from DG SANCO, DG EMPL, DG REGIO and DG JUSTICE..


11 January 2013

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.


More information about LINKS Project

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