What do you mean by urban policy?
On the 6th of March the URBAN Intergroup organised a seminar “Urban policy – what do you mean?” at the European Parliament in Brussels. The seminar turned out to be a great opportunity to discuss different understanding of urban policy in the private and public sector. The EU policy towards the cities, integrated approach versus smart cities, public private partnership, the role of the leadership, the influence of new technologies on the public sphere and simplification of EU rules are just few of the subjects touched upon during the discussion.
Members of the Intergroup and numerous partners present at the seminar followed the presentations explaining the approach towards urban policy by the European Commission, the European Parliament as well as representatives of three private companies: IBM, Nokia Siemens, and Philips.
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.