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Urban Environment

Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment - 2004 Expert Working Groups

To discuss and develop some of the key ideas set out in the Communication "Towards a Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment" (11 February 2004) expert technical working groups were established following its adoption. The working groups considered the technical issues associated with the idea in the Communication for an obligation for Europe's largest cities to adopt and implement environmental management plans and management systems, and also to adopt sustainable urban transport plans. In addition, since research and training was highlighted as a key issue in the Communication, a third working group was established to identify priorities in these areas.

The membership of each group was discussed with the EU Expert Group on the Urban Environment and was based on nominations from stakeholders and those made through the website. Each working group met 4 times in 2004 and all reports are made available below.

Working Group on Environmental Management Plans and Management Systems

Chair: United Kingdom (Contact Point: Tim Morgan, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)

Chairman: Professor Bob Evans Sustainable Cities Research Institute, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Supporting Consultant: Carlo Lavalle, Joint Research Centre

Terms of Reference

Members of Working Group

First meeting 24 May, London Agenda (pdf~250K), Minutes (pdf~200K)
Inception Report (pdf~58K)
Second meeting 6 July Agenda (pdf~200K), Minutes (pdf~250K)
Interim Report (pdf~200K)
Third meeting, 22 September Agenda (pdf~20K) Minutes (pdf~250K)
Draft Final Report
Fourth meeting, 17 November Agenda (pdf~61K) Minutes (pdf~200K)
Final Report

Working Group on Sustainable Urban Transport Plans

Chair: Netherlands (Contact Point: Joop van Riet, Ministry of Transport)

Chairman: Rob Sangen Former Director of the Hague traffic region

Supporting Consultant: Rupprecht Consult, Koln, Germany

Terms of Reference

Members of Working Group

First meeting 19 May, Brussels Agenda (pdf~250K), Minutes (pdf~95K)
Inception Report (pdf~113K)
Second meeting 13 July Agenda (pdf~95K), Minutes (pdf~95K)
Interim Report (pdf~95K)
Third meeting, 5 October Agenda (pdf~123K), Minutes (pdf~210K)
Draft Final Report (pdf~439K)
Fourth meeting, 9-10 November Agenda (pdf~48K), Minutes (pdf~84K)
Final Report (pdf~863K)

Working Group on Urban Environment Research and Training Needs

Chair: Sweden (Contact Point: Henrik Nolmark, Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agriculture and Spatial Planning (henrik.nolmark@formas.se)

Chairman: Professor Bjorn Malbert Chamlers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Supporting Consultant: European Academy of the Urban Environment (www.eaue.de). Contact - Jenny Johnson

Terms of Reference

Members of Working Group

First meeting 25 May, Stockholm Agenda (pdf~75K), Minutes (pdf~250K)
Inception Report(pdf~100K)
Second meeting, 23 June, Stockholm Agenda (pdf~100K), Minutes (pdf~188K)
Interim Report (pdf~156K)
Third meeting, 7-8 September, Brussels Agenda (pdf~144K), Minutes (pdf~140K)
Fourth meeting, 8 November, Ancona, Italy Agenda (pdf~75K), Minutes (pdf~126K)
Final Report, Annex