Four out of five of all Europeans live in towns and cities and the European Commission wants to help make our urban areas better places to live. Which is why it has just launched a Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment.
Filmed in january 2006, the report features efforts to improve the urban environment in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana and also in the Belgian capital Brussels.
Car ownership has tripled in the past decade in Ljubljana. The film shows how the authorities are trying to break up this love affair with the car. They are also working to trying to woo shops back into the city centre after the opening of a huge out of town shopping mall in the 1990s.
In Brussels we visit the Quartier Dansaert, a once run down area, which has been revitalized as a centre of Belgian fashion and design. We also see how involving local people in the design of a public park