First URBAN Intergroup’s meeting between members and partners
On Wednesday 7th of January URBAN Intergroup held a first meeting regrouping all members and partners.
The meeting was chaired by Peter Simon (S&D/Germany), Vice-President of the URBAN Intergroup. The main point of the meeting was the presentation of the State of play of the EU Urban Agenda by Christian Svanfeldt from the European Commission. After the presentation, members and partners expressed their doubts and concerns about the EU Urban Agenda and called for a common action within the Intergroup.
The newly nominated bureau was presented and a draft agenda of actions discussed.
As of January 7th, URBAN Intergroup counts 83 MEP members from all of the political groups and 93 partners. Coming from various horizons, they all have one thing in commun – their interest in urban issues.
URBAN Intergroup launch
URBAN Intergroup comes back in the new legislation of the European Parliament. Three political groups in the European Parliament, including the European People’s Party, the Socialists and Democrats and the Greens / European Free Aliance, gave their support to the URBAN Intergroup.
On Thursday 18th of January 2014, the new URBAN Intergroup hold its first meeting in Strasbourg. It was an occasion for the MEPs to sign in as new members of the Intergroup and to choose and nominate new board members. Jan Olbrycht was reelected the President of the Intergroup, as for the Vice-Presidents, four members were choosen, Lambert van Nistlrlooij (EPP/The Nederlands), Agnes Jongerius (S&D/The Nederlands), Peter Simon (S&D/Germany) and Karima Delli (Greens/EFA / France).
About 70 MEPs expressed their will to enroll into the Intergroup and a draft calendar of actions was discussed. Following the meeting, the office of URBAN Intergroup will organise a lauching meeting for all of its partners in the beginning of January.
We are pleased to welcome new members and we wish you all a fruitful cooperation in this new legislation.