6 October 2013

URBAN Intergroup in Marseille

Between 12th and 14th of September members of the URBAN Intergroup participated in a study trip to Marseille – European Capital of Culture 2013. The visit was a perfect opportunity not only to visit the city that holds that label, but also to evaluate the impact of the European Capital of Culture label on the urban and regional development in general.


During the three-day stay, the delegation had the opportunity to take part in the inauguration reception at Marseille History Museum, to visit the Pavilion M (a information and organisation center for the Marseille-Provence 2013 program) and the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations. Moreover, members of the URBAN Intergroup took part in meetings with Jean-François Chougnet, CEO of Marseille-Provence 2013 Association and Jean-Claude Gondard, CEO of Services of the city of Marseille. Working lunch with François Gallant, CEO of Euro Mediterranean allowed the delegation not only to exchange views and good practices but also to visit the Euro-Mediterranean district.


The visit was organized by vice-president of the Intergroup, Ms Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid.


18 June 2013

URBAN Intergroup’s event and URBACT lauching event !


On Tuesday June 18th, URBAN Intergroup together with DG REGIO organised an event dedicated to the case study recently published by the European Commission. Jan Olbrycht, president of the URBAN Intergroup opened the event and was moderating the debate.


17 June 2013

Tomorrow ! URBAN Intergroup and DG REGIO’s event


On Tuesday, June 18th, URBAN Intergroup and DG REGIO organize an event dedicated to a recently published study – “Urban development in the EU: 50 Projects Supported by the ERDF in 2007-2013″. The conference will take place in Conference centre A. Borschette in Brussels. 


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” 

The conferences will take place in Conference centre A. Borschette in Brussels. 


Draft agenda-URBAN Intergroup event 18.06.2013

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.


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