Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities tool – 4 June 2013
URBAN Intergroup in cooperation with CEMR and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability organised a breakfast event on “Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) tool” on Tuesday June 4th in Brussels.
The main aim of this event was to present the Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) tool, a new online and free of charge toolkit created to help cities in promoting their work on integrated sustainable urban development. The RFSC is a joint initiative of the Member States led by France, the European Commission and European organizations of local governments.
The breakfast event was opened by Frédéric Vallier, CEMR Secretary General. Jan Olbrycht, President of the URBAN Intergroup, underlined the role of cities in EU policies and sustainable development in Europe in his introductory statement “We should fight for integrated thinking in EU policies. If sustainable means environmental protection, there is no added value. We must consider sustainable as integrated!” he stressed. Jan Olbrycht underlined as well the importance of partnership between different partners which will raise the effectiveness of cooperation and reduce the costs of actions. In conclusion, he stated that the most sensitive element for the role of cities today is the delegation of power. “Big step to make is to delegate the competences to the city level, which will go in line with the subsidiarity principle!” he added.
URBAN Intergroup meeting in Strasbourg – 23 May 2013
The last meeting of the URBAN Intergroup took place on Thursday, May 23rd in Strasbourg. The main point of the discussion was the presentation of the international relations in regional and urban policy by Ronald Hall, principal advisor of the Director General, European Commission, DG Regional and Urban Policy, Inclusive Growth.