Non-city? New urbanity. Innovative visions towards the European Urban Agenda – February 9th, 2011
The URBAN Intergroup organised with the European Forum for Architectural Policies a conference to discuss new creative approaches to the architecture in metropolitan areas and the role of the different levels of government in this process. “Sustainable cities won’t happen by accident. If we want to secure a new livable urbanity, the EU must take responsibility” argued Rob Docter, President of EFAP, closing the conference after a fruitful discussion with architects and local dissidents.
Midterm review of the use of structural funds for energy efficiency in existing housing – Brussels, December 9th, 2010 – organised by Karima Delli
The objective of the meeting organised by the URBAN Intergroup on the initiative of Karima Delli was to identify the success factors and the obstacles of the EU funded projects aiming at improving the energy efficiency in housing. The conference provided a first overview of the situation in EU member states and showed that many actors are using effectively the funds available for this purpose from the European Regional Development Fund.
Cities of the future – Prague, November 26th, 2010 – organised by Oldrîch Vlasák
The conference organised in the cooperation with the URBAN Intergroup highlighted the major obstacles and challenges that cities and towns in Europecurrently face. The aim of the meeting was among others to discuss how local problems can be better addressed with the support of national and European financial instruments. The conference was attended by the representatives of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Czech government, local and regional authorities and also academia and professionals from the urban field.
The peri-urban contribution to the sustainable growth of Europe’s cities – Brussels, November 9th, 2010 – organised by Lambert van Nistelrooij
A few weeks after the budget review and at the eve of the presentation by the European Commission of the 5th Cohesion Report launching the debate on the future cohesion policy after 2013, the PURPLE network representatives presented some case studies illustrating the urban-rural relations in Europe. They showed clearly that peri-urban regions provide some vital resources that support Europe’s urban population and enhance the quality of life of city dwellers. The meeting was organised with the support of the URBAN Intergroup.
Supporting cities for sustainable solutions – September 15th, 2010
“Local solutions are often the key to success” argued Günther Öttinger, European Commissioner for Energy on the occasion of the conference organised at the European Parliament. The speakers stressed that cities act proactively for sustainable development. They are key actors to achieve the 3×20% target and to mitigate and adapt to climate change. They emphasized also the role of cities as generators of green growth and the need to further help them achieve this goal. The event, jointly organized by the Intergroup “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” and the URBAN Intergroup, brought together more than 100 participants, including MEPs, representatives from the European Commission, from Member States as well as NGOs, academic organizations and the private sector.