18 September 2015

Exhibition on EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture in Bozar

DG Education and Culture of the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation organized an exhibition on the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award which will be held in Bozar in Brussels from 15 of September to the 1sth of November. This exceptional exhibition brings together photos, models and videos about 40 most remarkable architecture projects built in Europe in the last two years.


On September 15th the launching event took place under the title “Shaping European Cities. How can policy makers and architects make cities more attractive?” EU policymakers, architects, students and representatives of cities had possibility to discuss about the importance of quality architecture in Europe. EUROCITIES’ Secretary General introduced cities’ key challenges and opened the debate, which was divided into three themes including: economics, social issues and democratic process in term of governing cities. Jan Olbrycht, President of the URBAN Intergroup, underlined in his statement that “architects creates people thinking” and that is why they must be responsible in their work. He stressed the link between policymakers and architects, which consists on making people confident. In the end of the event, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, launched the Young Talent Architecture Prize, which will recognise the best master degrees projects in architecture from Europe.


The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award was created in 1988 in collaboration between the European Commission and Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona. It is the most prestigious architecture prize for finished construction in Europe, currently supported by the EU Creative Europe Programme. The winner of 2015 edition is Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin, in Poland.


14 September 2015

URBAN Intergroup meeting in Strasbourg – September 10th

On Thursday 10th of September the URBAN Intergroup members and partners met at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The main aim of this meeting was to have a follow-up discussion after the plenary vote on the INI report “Urban dimensions of EU policies”. Members and partners debated about the next steps towards the EU Urban Agenda. Ms Kerstin Westphal, EP rapporteur, thanked all the shadow rapporteurs who worked on this dossier and briefly presented its key elements. She underlined that the main goal of EP’s report is to put the Urban Agenda into the European policies.


URBAN Intergroup members believe that thanks to this report cities will be earlier involved in policy making and that the European Commission will better coordinate urban dimension’s issues in its different services. However, during the discussion some droughts have been expressed concerning the political lead of the EU Urban Agenda inside the European Commission. Jan Olbrycht reminded that the URBAN Intergroup is still waiting for the official reply from the EC to the Written Question concerning the coordination within the Commission on the urban dimension. In conclusion of the meeting, members agreed that the Intergroup will send a letter to the Luxembourg and the Dutch Presidency asking for clarification about the future actions which will be taken in order to develop the EU Urban Agenda.


During the next meeting of the Intergroup, on October 29th in Strasbourg, DG REGIO will present State of play of the EU Urban Agenda. Probably on November 26th the Representative of the Dutch Presidency will present the next Presidency’s priorities.



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