27th – 30th November 2013, Ghent, Belgium
The EUROCITIES 2013 Conference is taking place from 27th – 30th November in Ghent, Belgium, under the theme “Smart Citizens”. The conference will provide a platform to debate European local level issues, highlighting climate change, inclusion and recovery as a priority; while seeking city governments to tackle these strategic challenges at a local level.
EUROCITIES is the network of major cities in Europe and currently gathers the local governments of over 130 of Europe’s largest cities and 40 partner cities from across 38 countries. All of them share knowledge and exchange ideas throughout six forums, including the ones under the themes: environment and mobility; a wide range of working groups, such as the one regarding the greening of the local economy or the one addressing air quality, climate change and energy efficiency; EU-funded projects, in which EUROCITIES acts as either coordinator or partner; events; and the EUROCITIES Awards.
The EUROCITIES Conference 2013 will be hosting the Award Ceremony on 27th November in order to recognise outstanding achievement by EUROCITIES members in the delivery of local activities or practices which improve the quality of life for citizens.
For more information on the agenda of EUROCITIES Conference 2013, please visit the event website.
The work done by EUROCITIES links very well with the European Green Capital Award initiative, which aims to reward local government working towards sustainable living. It is important to reward cities which are making efforts to improve the urban environment and move towards healthier and sustainable living areas. Progress is its own reward, but the satisfaction involved in winning a prestigious European award spurs cities to invest in further efforts and boosts awareness within the city as well as in other cities. The award enables cities to inspire each other and share examples of good practices in situ. The winning cities to date include: Stockholm in 2010, Hamburg in 2011, Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2012, Nantes in 2013, Copenhagen in 2014 and Bristol in 2015.
For more information on how to apply to European Green Capital Award 2016 visit here.
For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.