URBAN Intergroup re-established!
We are very pleased to announce that the URBAN Intergroup was officially re-established in the European Parliament for the period 2014-2019! This morning the Conference of Presidents (President of the European Parliament with Heads of political groups) approved the list of 28 official Intergroups.
“I am very happy that tree political groups supported the re-establishment of the URBAN Intergroup in this term of the European Parliament. I hope that URBAN Intergroup will be very active in coming years to raise urban related issues in close cooperation with our partners” – said Jan Olbrycht.
Mr Olbrycht underlined the efforts and support of all the partners of the Intergroup “to mobilise Members of the European Parliament to join the Intergroup and to get their political support”.
The first meeting of URBAN Intergroup’s members will take place on Thursday December 18th in Strasbourg during the plenary session. Moreover, all members and partners will officially meet on Wednesday January 7th in Brussels to discuss future collaboration and activities.
Public consultation on an EU Urban Agenda open!
Today Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, officially launched a public consultation seeking the stakeholders’ opinions on a future EU Urban Agenda. The launch of this consultation follows the adoption by the Commission of a formal communication on July 18th: “The Urban Dimension of EU Policies – key features of an EU Urban Agenda”.
The communication sets out current urban situation in the European Union, sums up urban policy in Europe as well as the global dimension of urban development. Above all, the document proposes a set of questions for consultation aimed at further clarifying the need for an EU Urban Agenda, what form it should take and how it should be put into action.
The public consultation is open for 10 weeks until September 26th. The Commission will present its preliminary results at a conference in Rome which will be organized by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU.