The meeting focused on the presentation of the Betahaus project (creation of attractive working spaces in cities) by Daniela Marzavan and the discussion about the EC proposal to grant more funds to projects in the field of energy.
The most part of the meeting was devoted to the debate about the Convenant of Mayors with the participation of Pedro Ballesteros Torres from the DG Energy at the European Commission. Apart from that, MEPs discussed as always the upcoming events and urban related issues in EP work.
MEPs discussed the place of urban related issues in the next cohesion policy programming period. The exchange of views followed the presentation “Learning from the URBAN initiative experience” by Lothar Blatt, President of the German-Austrian URBAN Network.
The main point of the meeting was the presentation by Claire Roumet, Secretary General of Cecodhas, on “The housing dimension in the EU2020 strategy” and discussion about other current housing related issues inEurope.
The participants discussed urban related issues in the current parliamentary work – among other things the social services of general interest, public procurement and sustainable transport. Moreover, Jan Olbrycht reported about the conference “Building on 20 Years of Community Support to Urban Development”. The conference started the debate about the future urban dimension of the cohesion policy on the EU level and was organised by the European Commission.