Smarter Cities as a European Agenda. How could the EU contribute to the integrated and intelligent growth of urban areas – Brussels, July 12th, 2010 – organised by Oldrîch Vlasák
Representatives of the European Parliament, the European Commission and some larger cities, several URBAN partners and few IBM experts gathered at the seminar organised with the support of the URBAN Intergroup to discuss the potential of the ICT infrastructure in local development. The main point of the meeting was the presentation of the concept “Smarter Cities” that is based on intelligent technologies solutions for the economic growth and social cohesion in European cities.
Financing energy efficiency in housing: a European priority – Brussels, May 4th, 2010 – organised by Karima Delli
The aim of the conference organised in the cooperation with the URBAN intergroup was to provide some solutions for the energy efficiency challenges in housing. In two panels, the participants discussed both the financial and social aspects of the refurbishment of houses in Europe.
Press conference – presentation of the UN-Habitat report “State of the World Cities” – April 14th, 2010
During the press conference chaired by Jan Olbrycht, Eduardo Lopez Moreno Romero (researcher) and Jean B. Bakole (Director of the UN-Habitat representation office to the EU and Belgium) presented the recently published report “State of the World Cities 2010/2011: Bridging the Urban Divide”. The report investigates the challenges facing our rapidly urbanizing population and how the urban advantage, the economic and social benefit of living in a city, can be exploited and enjoyed by all. It is accompanied by a supplement entitled “State of Urban Youth 2010/2011: Leveling the Playing Field” + a research focused specifically on the youth in cities.
City 2010 – energy efficiency in cities – Katowice, March 22nd-23rd, 2010 – organised by Jan Olbrycht
Over the two days of the conference organised in the partnership with the URBAN Intergroup, the participants discussed both the European and Polish objectives in the energy sector stressing the role of cities and towns in their implementation. The EU strategies and the regional policy assistance to combat the negative effects of climate change were illustrated by the presentation of some studies and numerous practical examples. The event gathered about 150 participants – politicians and managers from local and regional level, and also several representatives from EU Institutions and a number of organisations active in the energy sector.
Study Visit in Brussels – March 17th, 2010
Members of the Intergroup along with few partners spent half a day visiting the city ofBrusselsand discussing urban related issues withBrusselsauthorities. The participant visited Palais de Justice, State Administrative Centre (Cité administrative de l’état), Tour et Taxi and Brussels International Logistic Centre and got information about the development of each place and problems encountered over the years. The study visit included also a meeting with the representatives of the Brussels Region and the presentation on “Urban development challenges of the European District”.