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.
“Non City” Next City? – January 11th, 2012
Today the URBAN Intergroup organised jointly with the European Forum for Architectural Policies a conference: “NonCity”…NextCity? How architecture and urbanism can strengthen Europe. The conference brought together directors of architecture from the European member states along with architects, representatives of EU institutions and European organisations to discuss how architectural policies can take a more active part in the development and the implementation of the European Union’s aims set out in the EU 2020 Strategy. Jan Olbrycht, President of the URBAN Intergroup, underlined while chairing the meeting, that indeed, the issue is not “if” but “how” architectural policies are very important for the development and the implementation of the European Union’s objectives. “Architects should anticipate the future needs of society and not only respond to the present ones. They can design a vision on the future and inspire the public and decision makers.” – he added. The highlight of the conference was a tour through Europe by Winy Maas who presented examples of innovative urban development.
Railway station districts enhancing urban development in mid-sized cities – December 8th, 2011
The URBAN Intergroup organised together with the regional authorities of Picardie and Flanders at the European Parliament a seminar “Railway station districts enhancing urban development in mid-sized cities”. The seminar aimed at highlighting railway areas as a specific aspect of urban planning. During the meeting, the representatives of the city of Breda, the city of Leuven and the Picardie region presented their good experiences of transformation of abandoned and neglected railway areas into the heart of the city. The meeting was also a forum for the discussion about the urban dimension in cohesion policy after 2013.