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Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) Conference

9th October 2013, Brussels, Belgium

The Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) Conference is taking place on 9th October at the Centre Albert Borschette in Brussels, Belgium, under the theme “Towards a European Model of a Sustainable City”. The conference aims to offer the representatives of local, regional, national and European institutions attending the meeting, practical solutions for advancing integrated urban development at the local level.

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The one-day event will provide a platform to exchange experience between European cities working with the RFSC toolkit. The RFSC toolkit is a joint initiative of the Member States, the European Commission and European organisations of local governments that seek to give all European cities a network to share information, while at the same time receiving practical support in integrating sustainability principles into local policies and actions.

The conference will feature key-note speakers, such as Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, French Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing Cécile Duflot, and Harald Herrmann, Director and Professor of the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development.

Presentations over the one-day event will give attendants insights on how the RFSC tool is being used, as well as training and networking opportunities available to interested European cities. The RFSC Conference aims to foster new partnerships with forward-thinking experts and practitioners from across Europe, and also to discuss the role of local and regional actors in the EU 2014-2020 perspective.

The detailed programme is available here.

Sustainability is the concept from which the European Green Capital Award was conceived. With three out of four Europeans living in towns and cities, urban areas concentrate most of the sustainability challenges facing society but also bring together commitment and innovation to resolve them.

The European Green Capital Award has been conceived to promote and reward these efforts. Nantes currently holds the 2013 title, recognition for all of its  environmental and sustainable development efforts. Throughout 2013 the city has planned a full year of activities, including the following major events: World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 and Ecocity World Summit 2013.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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