New CoR publications on urban issues
“The Governance of Metropolitan Regions – European and Global Experiences” and “Urban Governance in the EU. Current Challenges and Future Prospects” are two new publications release recently by the Committee of the Regions. The first one is a result of the conference on the common vision of the “urban dimension” in EU policy. The second publication is a resume of several conferences on urban matters such as territorial governance, environment or demographic change.
URBAN Forum 2012
URBAN Forum “Paving the way for smart, sustainable and inclusive cities” took place today in Brussels. The URBAN Intergroup was represented by its President, Jan Olbrycht.
The main subject of the discussion was the development of European cities in the innovative cohesion policy after 2013 with the reference to the Commission’s legislative proposals from October last year. Jan Olbrycht gave an introductory speech to one of the three thematic panels: Europe 2020 and the challenge of coordinating thematic investments in cities and promoting integrated urban development. “Members of the Intergroup are looking into the urban aspects of the new regulations’ proposals with great attention. As the President of the URBAN Intergroup and the EP rapporteur for the ERDF regulation, I can assure you that the MEPs will put all the effort to make the regulations simpler and their provisions more flexible.” – said Jan Olbrycht. He declared moreover that the integrated actions for sustainable urban development should concern the functional urban areas – not only the city itself, but also its rural surroundings or the whole agglomeration. “The concentration of EU funds is needed, but Europe’s cities and towns must be able to decide about their priorities in relation to the regional situation and needs.” – Jan Olbrycht commented referring to the proposed thematic concentration.
The Forum was organised by the European Commission with the aim to start a direct dialogue with the representatives of Europe’s cities and towns on how to achieve the goals of the EU 2020 Strategy with a more dynamic approach to development of urban areas.