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CiTIEs: Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe

17 February 2014 - 18 February 2014

More than two thirds of EU citizens live in urban areas – but does policy making in the EU reflect the realities of today's Europe? As calls grow for an EU Urban Agenda, the European Commission will host a main conference and a series of side events to debate how Member States and EU institutions should work together to ensure that cities play their full role in European development – and that their needs are fully reflected in policy thinking. "CiTIEs: Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe" will provide a forum to shape a debate that matters to all of us.

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10 October 2013

More than two-thirds of Europeans live in towns, making Europe one of the most urbanised continents in the world. Today towns play an important role in the lives of European citizens. They are the focal points of modern Europe - where important solutions are found to many of our most pressing concerns. In the fields of competitiveness, employment, education, transport, environment, and innovation, developments in towns provide solutions that can be applied throughout society.

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Capital City Mayors discuss their role in recovery & growth

28 February 2013

Johannes Hahn is hosting the first direct talks between the European Commission and the EU's capital cities in Brussels on 28 February. Commissioner Hahn will call on the 20 mayors attending to take up their roles as European leaders in the push for recovery and growth. He has argued for greater prominence and a bigger role for capital cities as Europe's economic and social powerhouses; and is also pushing for a more prominent urban dimension in Cohesion policy and across all EU policies. The mayors will also meet with Commissioners Neelie Kroes for Digital Agenda and Janez Potocnik for Environment to discuss how they can drive forward the EU's growth agenda, Europe 2020 and help Europe exit the crisis.

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Sustainable Urban Rural Partnership European Conference 2012

15 and 16 November 2012

The European Commission wishes to launch a direct dialogue with Europe's countries, regions and cities in order to discuss the role of rural-urban development in the cohesion policy for 2014-2020.

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Urban Forum 2012

16 February 2012

The event aims to set the ground for a dialogue between the European Commissioner for Regional Policy and cities on the future urban dimension of cohesion policy.

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Cities of tomorrow – the challenges

28 and 29 June 2010

Undertaken upon the initiative of Commissioner Johannes Hahn, a reflection on the "cities of tomorrow" has been launched. It will form part of the wider discussions on the future of regional policy

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Building on 20 Years of Community Support to Urban Development

4 February 2010

Looking at the past 20 years and at how Cohesion Policy keeps helping cities grow is the core purpose of this meeting. Building on 20 years of achievements, current and future interventions have a solid legacy to improve upon.

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How to cope with the social exclusion issues in the Urban-Rural context Seminar

02 July 2009

The issue of urban-rural linkages is part of the ongoing work on territorial cohesion and the First Action Programme for the Implementation of the Territorial Agenda of the European Union includes an action point dedicated to urban-rural relations that is being followed up by the Czech Republic.

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Urban-Rural linkages fostering sustainable development in Europe Seminar

23 January 2009

The issue of urban-rural linkages is furthermore part of the ongoing work on territorial cohesion. Action 1.1a of the First Action Programme for the Implementation of the Territorial Agenda of the European Union is dedicated to urban-rural relations and the incoming Czech Presidency will follow up this point. Discussion on urban-rural linkages is foreseen at the international conference on the future of cohesion policy and territorial cohesion 26-27 March 2009 in Prague organised by the Czech Presidency. Furthermore, following the experience with the Urban Audit, EUROSTAT proposes to create a database with an increasing range of data at NUTS-3 level. This information could then be used as building blocks for calculating various aggregates like data for rural and urban areas.

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Urban-Rural linkages enhancing European territorial competitiveness Seminar

17 September 2008

This seminar provides the opportunity for the Commission, Member States, local and regional governments and stakeholder organisations to reflect on current research and practice in the area of urban-rural linkages and territorial competitiveness, and also to identify ‘what works’ (and conversely what doesn’t work) and to consider how this can be effectively transferred between territories.

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