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"This is the era of the city"


Addressing representatives from 300 EU cities in Copenhagen at the URBACT Annual Conference today, EU Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn called for a more prominent role for EU cities in future Regional Policy. In his speech, he said, "I believe firmly in the need for cities to take their place as European actors and partners in tackling European objectives. This is the era of the city, and you should be taking your places on the European stage."

"Over two thirds of Europeans live in cities, where we see the greatest risks of social deprivation, and the greatest opportunities for prosperity crowded together. In cities we see the worst of our problems, and the best chances for solving them. We need to translate Europe 2020 into clear urban objectives. Cities have to be at the heart of our planning for the next 2014-2020 period."

URBACT is an EU initiative involving 300 cities – and nearly two-thirds of Europe's capitals. Its aim is to build networks, exchange information and to provide concrete help in setting up EU-funded projects so as the have the maximum and effectiveness in the use of investments.

More information in the press release.