EU-China Mayors’ Forum
On Wednesday September 19th Jan Olbrycht, President of the URBAN Intergroup, delivered a welcome message to the participants of the seminar “Governing sustainable urban development: Experiences from China and the EU”. He underlined that urbanization process in China is a very interesting field of observation for EU urban actors. Mr Olbrycht stressed that in spite of historical differences of urban settlements, “the EU and China can learn from each other about good and bad urbanisation experiences.” “Today, in spite of differences of scale and taking into account the number of inhabitants, we are able to compare problems and challenges that European and Chinese cities are facing” – he concluded.
Ms Gutiérrez-Cortines represented the Intergroup on Thursday September 20th during the discussion on Sustainable Urban Planning and Construction of Low-carbon Eco-cities. She stated: “We do not find a solution to problems of sustainability, efficiency and climate change in big international conferences but at local level, in the cities. Mayors have taken the challenge of tackling climate change with great responsibility, and they work on it in their territory.”
The signature of the EU-China Mayors Charter concluded the first flagship event of the EU-China Urbanisation Partnership.
URBAN Intergroup meeting in Strasbourg – 13.09.2012
Members of the URBAN Intergroup, partners and interested organisations met on the 13th of September for the first time after the summer to discuss the state of play concerning the urban dimension of the cohesion policy after 2013.