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Urban Forum 2012

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The European Commission's recently published proposals for new Regulations in the field of Regional Policy put a strong emphasis on integrated urban development, with a number of important suggestions to ensure that cities play their full role in driving growth in the EU. A key element in these proposals is the Commission's intention to seek a direct, long-term, interaction between mayors and Commission officials working on their regions at a European level, with the aim of identifying future urban challenges and how they can be tackled successfully at all levels. The Urban Forum will be an opportunity to discuss the new proposals, with a particular focus on the role of cities in promoting sustainable growth.

The Forum will be divided into three thematic panels, tackling respectively:

  • Europe 2020 and the challenge of coordinating thematic investments in cities and promoting integrated urban development;
  • Innovative actions for sustainable urban development;
  • Integrated Territorial Investment: How may it work for fostering the urban dimension of cohesion policy?

Around 400 participants, including Mayors of EU cities, representatives of urban networks and associations, as well as cities involved in various EU Urban Policy initiatives are expected to attend. Participation will be only possible upon invitation.


Press Release

Video : European Urban Forum 2012

Duration : 6:35:29

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Available until February 2013

Video : Cites, shaping the Future

Publication :

Integrated Sustainable Urban Development (February 2012)

Factsheet highlighting key elements of the future approach.

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Publication :

Cities of Tomorrow

newCities of tomorrow - Challenges, visions, ways forward - (October 2011)

More than two thirds of the European population lives in urban areas. Cities are places where both problems emerge and solutions are found. They are fertile ground for science and technology, for culture and innovation, for individual and collective creativity, and for mitigating the impact of climate change. However, cities are also places where problems such as unemployment, segregation and poverty are concentrated. The 'Cities of tomorrow' reflection process will provide inspiration for policymakers and practitioners involved in urban development, whether at local, regional, national or European level. Study : pdf en fr - Summary and conclusions: pdf bg cs da de el en es et fr hu it lt lv mt nl pl pt ro sk sl fi sv

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