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President Barroso encourages closer cooperation with China on urbanisation

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Today President Barroso and China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang closed the EU-China Urbanisation Forum in Beijing. 

The President of the European Commission, Mr José Manuel Barroso, joined hundreds of local and regional leaders at the EU-China Urbanisation Forum. At the closing ceremony of the Forum, the President said

"I firmly believe that the deepening of the relation between China and the European Union around the issue of urbanisation is a qualitative step forward in our relationship".

In 2012, President Barroso and Premier Li Keqiang launched the EU-China Partnership on Urbanisation which offers a natural framework for concerted actions. Since 2010 more than 150 Chinese decision makers from all 31 provincial-level regions have been able to share experiences and to visit good practices in more than 45 regions of 15 EU member states.

Today, the President of the European Commission offered closer and pragmatic cooperation on urbanisation, innovation and sustainability:

"Urbanisation is an extremely complex issue, involving dozens of different players in myriads of alternative situations. (...)We can offer our experience and our co-operation in dealing with these challenges. We can also learn with the experience of China. This is what the Urbanisation partnership is all about, seeking the best solutions in a cooperative manner for a common challenge."

Mr. Barroso pointed out that the EU and China "need to share their best experience on how to make cities liveable, friendly, resource conscious, socially fair." "This is not only something to discuss and study; it is something to act upon ", he added.

Read the President's speech at the Urbanisation Forum

Urbanisation Forum

Video: speech at the forum