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Commissioner Hahn hosts the first Urban Forum in Brussels


Commissioner Johannes Hahn has launched a direct dialogue with Europe's cities. EU structural funds are currently one of the most important instruments the EU can use to stimulate growth, and cities should be a major focus, given their particular role in member states' economies. Effective investment in our cities – which represent nearly 70% of the EU population - is crucial at a time of economic crisis.

At the first Urban Forum in Brussels on 16th February, the Commission gave cities their voice on new proposals for urban policy presented last October, which included ambitious plans to earmark funds for cities; develop new more coherent approaches to bringing together actions in sectors like transport and environment; and encourage innovation by the cities themselves. Mayors, representatives of cities and of the EU institutions discussed how to achieve the goals of the EU 2020 strategy with a more dynamic approach to developing urban areas.

To read Commissioner Hahn's speech, please click here.