19 February 2014

Urban Forum “CiTIEs: Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe”

On February 17-18th, the European Commission organised a series of events under the title of “CiTIEs: Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe”.  URBAN Intergroup’s president, Jan Olbrycht and member Cristina Gutierrez-Cortines took active part in a two-day long conference in Brussels.


On the path to establish an integrated Urban Agenda for the EU, European Commission hosted a forum gathering key players in the urban policy to discuss the subject. Under the Commission’s proposal, the Agenda should focus on the role of cities in building more cohesion throughout an integrated policy.

Nowadays, more than two thirds of EU citizens live in urban areas. The EC is not having a solid urban policy, however. Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe corresponds also to a title of the EC report published in late 2013 and presenting the state of play of European urban approach.


On Monday 17th February, Jan Olbrycht, took part in the plenary session dedicated to the presentation of the Issues Paper on the EU Urban Agenda. In his closing statement he underlined the symbolic change of name of the Directorate-General for Regional Policy (DG REGIO) and welcomed the addition of “Urban Policy”. “It shows that the European Commission changed the way of thinking about EU cities and in consequence EC will tackle not only regional but also urban policy”- he said.  

Cristina Gutierrez-Cortines, member of the URBAN Intergroup, was a panellist in workshop on the Urban Dimension of Smart Growth, on Tuesday 18th.


Issue paper


More information about the Forum



13 February 2014

New study available

A new STOA study (Science and Technology Options Assessment) has been recently published. The final report on “Integrated Urban e-Ticketing for Public Transport and Touristic Sites” was carried out by the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karslruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) as member of the European Technology Assessment Group (ETAG). 


As the official description indicates: 


“This report deals with the development of integrated e-ticketing systems for public transport and touristic sites in cities. While technologies are already available and ready to meet multi-function requirements, e-ticketing has not yet been implemented on a wider scale in Europe. The implementation of an integrated e-ticketing system is a complex process that requires the synchronised activity of heterogeneous actors. Public transport operators and authorities, financial service providers, telecommunications operators, and the tourism sector need to work together to combine their products on a single card. Besides technological characteristics, legal and economic aspects play a decisive role. Stakeholders that are involved in the implementation of an integrated ticketing system need to agree on technical specifications as well as on institutional and governance issues.”


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