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.
URBAN meeting with partners – December 6th, 2011
URBAN partner organisations debated at the European Parliament with MEPs and representatives of the European Commission about the future of urban development in Europe and the cohesion policy support for it in the new programming period after 2013. In the questions and answers session with the European Commission, the participant requested among other things some clarifications about the new territorial instruments proposed in the new regulations for cohesion policy, about the earmarking of some of the ERDR allocation for integrated urban development and in more general, about the Commission’s vision for desired future European city model.
Local development as a key pillar of post-2013 EU integrated territorial policies – November, 29th 2011
The URBAN Intergroup organised in partnership with the CEMR, the COSLA and the AMR a seminar at the European Parliament to examine the integrated local development policies in the post-2013 programmes. Over 60 representatives of local and regional authorities participated in the event along with MEPs, European Commission’s officials and representatives of the Polish Presidency. The participants discussed about the new territorial approach presented by the EC in the proposals for cohesion policy regulations 2014-2020. Special attention was devoted to the new instruments such as Community-led local development or Integrated Territorial Investments.
6th IMAGINE Seminar 2011 – November 9th, 2011
This one day seminar “Energy Roadmap 2050: Towards local and regional Energy Roadmaps” was organised in Brussels by Energy Cities and the URBAN Intergroup. The event focused on the role of local level in the implementation of the European Energy Roadmap 2050 to be published by the European Commission shortly. The participants agreed that the energy roadmaps that include a long-term vision are very important as a guide to improve energy efficiency in cities. The seminar provided also numerous examples of cities aiming at total decarbonisation.
European public procurement and the built environment. Striving to achieve sustainable quality. – October 18th, 2011
The debate was organised by the Association of Architects – G30 with the support of the URBAN Intergroup and aimed at bringing a useful contribution to the political debate on the reform of EU public procurement rules. The participants highlighted the necessity to fully take into account the need to reinforce the global quality and sustainability of the built environment for the sake of society and future generations.