Debate on the urban dimension of cohesion policy launched
Today, Jan Olbrycht participated in two workshops devoted to the urban development during the ongoing 9th European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days 2011).
Today’s discussions were the first opportunity to discuss European Commission’s proposals regarding support for the urban development in the legislative package for cohesion policy 2014-2020. The proposal includes among other things the establishment of an urban development platform on European level, an envelope of funds from the European Regional Development Fund devoted to integrated and innovative approach to sustainable urban development, as well as, the elaboration at the national level of a list of cities that will implement the integrated strategies for urban development.
“I am very satisfied with the enhanced incorporation of urban problems in the proposed legislation. Cities are the enormous potential ofEurope, many EU strategies are implemented in cities; however, many current problems are also concentrated in urban areas. I am especially pleased with the underlying of the need to apply integrated approach while implementing the local strategies. As rapporteur for the European Regional Development Fund and the President of the URBAN Intergroup at the European Parliament, I will push ahead the proper consideration of the urban dimension in the European legislation with regard to cohesion policy after 2013” – Jan Olbrycht highlighted during his speeches.
Open Days – 9th European Week of Regions and Cities
This year’s Open Days with the main theme “Investing in Europe’s future: Regions and cities delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” are taking place in Brussels from 10th to 13th of October. The international politicians and experts are going to debate on the future of the European Union and its cohesion policy.
The event is providing about 100 sessions, including different workshops, debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities for about 6000 participants expected to come toBrussels. Among them, there is a number of workshops and debates about urban related issues taking place such as for example: “Urban Europe: Towards an urban dimension of future cohesion policy” or “The urban dimension of EU Cohesion Policy” with the participation of Jan Olbrycht, President of the URBAN Intergroup.
The event is organized by the Committee of the Regions and the European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional Policy in partnership with the European Parliament, EU Presidency and 206 regional and cities from 35 countries.