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CiTIEs – Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe

17-18 February 2014
European Commission
Rue de la Loi 170
1000 Brussels (Charlemagne building)

Program Overview pdf

Programme

Monday 17 February 2014

9h00-10h30 + 11h00-12h30 - Side Events

Side event: City Associations' Workshop in cooperation with Eurocities and CEMR

The workshop will look at the added value of a European Urban Agenda from a local perspective. It will consider how cities of all sizes can contribute to the development and delivery of the agenda. A broad range of EU policies greatly impact on cities, which manage this diverse but connected agenda on the ground. Local politicians and experts will discuss the need for EU policies to be more joined up to support better delivery at local level.  [UPON INVITATION ONLY]

Side event: EU Capital Mayors meeting

This meeting will discuss the why, what and how of an urban agenda from a capital mayor perspective. Do capital cities have a particular role to play vis-à-vis the national and European level? What do the capital mayors consider to be most burning issues for which a more explicit EU urban agenda could make a difference? [UPON INVITATION ONLY]

Side event: Informal Meeting of Member States Directors-Generals responsible for Urban Development

This meeting will discuss the why, what and how of an urban agenda from a national perspective and in the framework of intergovernmental cooperation urban development. What role should the national level play vis-à-vis the local as well as the European level? How can the intergovernmental process be better joined-up with EU policy-making processes? Is there a need to agree upon more tangible objectives for urban development in Europe? [UPON INVITATION ONLY]

City Associations

BERLAYMONT BUILDING (SCHUM)
Interpretation: EN- DE- FR- IT- ES- EL

Session hosted by Eurocities and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Agenda pdf

Webstreaming

Presentation pdf

Directors General

CHARLEMAGNE (MANS/JENK)
Interpretation: EN-FR-DE

Meeting of Member State Directors-General responsible for urban development

Presentation pdf

EU Capital Mayors
(start at 11.00)

BERLAYMONT BUILDING (WHALL)
Interpretation: EN-FR-DE-IT-PT-EL-FI-SV-CS-ET-LV-PL-SK-SL-BG-RO-HR

Meeting of the Mayors of EU Capital Cities

12h30-14h00 Lunch and registration

14h00-17h30 - Plenary Session

The plenary sessions will outline the rationale for an EU urban agenda, acknowledging the importance of cities and urban dimension in policy making. It will open a high-level debate on some key questions:

  • What would the main purpose be of an EU Urban Agenda?
  • What could be the key elements of an EU Urban Agenda:  a working process? priorities? a framework?
  • How should an EU Urban Agenda be implemented? By whom? What should the roles of the different stakeholders be and how can they work better together?

The debate will include different perspectives, from the local to the global level. Links will be made with the morning side-event discussions.

On Tuesday morning there will be a specific session dedicated to cities and business, focused on the potential of cities as places for innovation and implementation of new business models.

The main conference will end mid-day Tuesday with a future outlook on the next steps to move the EU urban Agenda process forward, within the Commission, by the upcoming Presidency-Trio and by the local and regional level through the Committee of the Regions.

CHARLEMAGNE BUILDING (GASP)
Interpretation: EN-FR-DE-IT-ES-EL-PT-PL

Webstreaming

Presentation pdf

Video: José Manuel Barroso calls for an EU urban agenda on the occasion of the CiTIEs forum

Moderator : Tony Travers (London School of Economics)

Opening addresses

  • Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy
  • Yannis Maniatis, Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Greece

EU Urban Agenda

    Presentation of Issues Paper

  • Walter Deffaa, Director General, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy

Statements:

  • Joan Clos, UN Undersecretary-general, Executive Director of UN HABITAT
  • François Lamy, Minister for Urban Affaires, France
  • Paweł Orłowski, Under-secretary of State, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Poland
  • Mark Frequin, Director-general for Housing and Building, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Netherlands

15h30-16h00 Coffee Break

Panel Debate

Panel participants:

  • António Costa, Mayor of Lisbon, Member of the Committee of the Regions
  • Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw, President, Eurocities (tbc)
  • Giorgio Orsoni, Mayor of Venice (IT), co-President, Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
  • Benjamin Barber, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, The City University of New York
  • Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman of IBM Europe

Plenary closure

  • Jan Olbrycht, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Urban Intergroup

18h00 Evening Reception & Buffet Dinner

Tuesday 18 February 2014

09h-10h30 - Cities and Business

CHARLEMAGNE BUILDING (GASP)
Interpretation: EN-FR-DE-IT-ES-EL-PL-PT

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Presentation pdf

Chair: Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy

Participants:

  • Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy Policy
  • Markus Beyrer, Director General, BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Martin Powell , Head of Urban Development, Siemens
  • Nicolas Blain, President of EU Committee, International Association of Public Transport (UITP), RATP Advisor for European Affairs
  • Chris Vein, Chief Innovation Officer, World Bank

10h30-10h45 Coffee Break

10h45-12h30 - Parallel Workshops

Parallel workshop: The Urban Dimension of Smart Growth - Smart Cities

The workshop on "The Urban Dimension of Smart Growth - Smart cities" will focus on challenges related to turning Europe´s cities smarter in the light of the holistic perspective of the Cities of Tomorrow report:

  • Where do we stand today across Europe? What are the bottlenecks and policy failures that slow down development in Europe?
  • How can we ensure that turning our cities smarter will benefit all citizens and the sustainable development of our cities?
  • What should be the roles of the different governance levels and how should they work together?

The objective of the workshop is to identify how an Urban Agenda could provide added value in the development of smart cities across Europe.

Parallel workshop: The Urban Dimension of Green Growth - Green and attractive cities

The workshop on "Green and attractive cities" will concentrate on how an urban agenda may address sustainable urban development, from a resource-efficiency point of view and looking at the whole complex urban fabric. Participants will address the questions "What, why and how an Urban Agenda?" from an environmental perspective and taking sustainability in its broad meaning, The objective of the workshop is to identify the areas where an Urban Agenda could provide added value in the greening of cities.

Parallel workshop: The Urban Dimension of Inclusive Growth – Poverty reduction in Cities

The workshop on the "Urban Dimension of Inclusive Growth" will concentrate on one of the key challenge in this area: the reduction of poverty in cities. In 2008, more than 80 million people in the EU lived below the poverty line (17% of the population). Women account for well over half of them and 20 million are children. With the economic crisis, the situation has of course worsened. This is why a key target of Europe 2020 is to lift at least 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion by 2020. In fact, Member States are well aware of the importance of the challenge as several of them proposed it to be addressed by an urban agenda. The objective of the workshop is to identify the areas where an Urban Agenda could provide added value in the reduction of poverty in cities.

The Urban Dimension of Smart Growth

CHARLEMAGNE BUILDING (GASP)
Interpretation: EN-DE-FR-IT-ES-PL

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Chair:

  • Zoran Stančič , Deputy Director-General, , European Commission, Directorate-General Communication Networks, Content and Technology

Scene setter:

Panel:

  • Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines, Member of the European Parliament, member of the URBAN Intergroup
  • Esa Halme, Region Mayor, Tampere Region, FI
  • Anneli Hulthén, Mayor and Chairman of the City Executive in Gothenburg, SE
  • Ingolf Schaedler, Deputy Director General for Innovation, Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Chair Urban Europe JPI
  • Charlina Vitcheva, Director, European Commission Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy

The Urban Dimension of Green Growth

CHARLEMAGNE BUILDING (MANS)
Interpretation: EN-FR-DE-IT-ES

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Chair:

  • Karl Falkenberg, Director-General, European Commission, Directorate-General for the Environment

Scene setter:

Panel:

  • Helena Säteri, Director-General, Department of the Built Environment, Ministry of the Environment, FI
  • Lykke Leonardsen, Head of Strategy and Authority - City of Copenhagen, DK
  • Kees van Leeuwen pdf, Coordinator CITY BLUEPRINTS project; Chair 'Water Management and Urban Development' KWR Watercycle Research Institute, NL
  • Paola Viganò pdf, Architect and Urbanist, Professor in Urbanism at Università IUAV of Venice, IT
  • Normunds Popens, Deputy Director General, European Commission Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy

The Urban Dimension of Inclusive Growth

CHARLEMAGNE BUILDING (JENK)
Interpretation: EN-DE-FR-IT-ES-PL

Webstreaming

Presentation pdf

Chair:

    • László Andor, Commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion

    Scene setter:

    • Jan Vranken, Professor, Centre on ‘inequality, poverty, social exclusion and the city’, University of Antwerp, BE

    Panel:

    • Milan Ftáčnik, Mayor of Bratislava, Member of the Committee of the Regions, SK
    • Dagmar Mühlenfeld, Mayor of Mülheim, CEMR Executive President, DE
    • Julien Van Geertsom, President, PPS Social Integration, anti-Poverty Policy, Social Economy and Federal Urban Policy, BE
    • Maria Iglesia Gomez, Head of Unit,  European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Consumers
    • Michael Ralph, Adviser, European Commission Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy

12h30-13h00 - Concluding Session

CHARLEMAGNE BUILDING (GASP)
Interpretation: EN-FR-DE-IT-ES-EL-PL-PT

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Speakers:

  • Carlo Trigilia, Minister for Territorial Cohesion, Italy
  • Ramon Luis Valcárcel Siso, President, Committee of the Regions
  • Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy

13h00-14h30 Lunch

14h30-17h30 - Side Events

Side event: The New Urban Development Network

The European Commission will establish an Urban Development Network as part the implementation of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the 2014-2020 period. The objective of this network is to promote capacity-building, networking and exchange of experience between urban authorities responsible for implementing sustainable urban development strategies in accordance with Article 7 and innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development in accordance with Article 8 of the ERDF regulation.

The session will concentrate on the core objectives of the Urban Development Network and will also address the complementarity with the new URBACT III programme. A panel debate will be dedicated to the urban dimension and the key principles of sustainable integrated urban development – illustrated by good examples. Questions and answers will be included in the session.

In line with the objectives of the network we want to especially welcome representatives from cities that will implement sustainable urban development strategies funded by the ERDF Article 7 in the next programming period 2014-2020, as well as the Managing Authorities that will be responsible for this funding.

Side event: Cities of Tomorrow - Urban Challenges expert workshop

The aim of this workshop is to take the Cities of Tomorrow report a step further and through a structured panel debate identify key future challenges that local, national and European policy policy-makers have to address in the coming decades, and for which European action can have a significant added value.

Side event: Smart and Connected Cities and Communities

How can European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities, the Future Internet PPP and the Connected Smart Cities help the cities and citizens in co-creating the future. Join us to discuss on-going and future actions on how ICT can enable developments in urban areas.

Side event: Annual meeting of the EGTC Platform (organised by the Committee of the Regions)

The New Urban Development Network

CHARLEMAGNE BUILDING (GASP)
Interpretation: EN-DE-FR-IT-ES-EL-PL-RO-BG-SK-HU-PT-LT-LV-SL

Webstreaming

Agenda pdf

Presentation pdf

Smart and Connected Cities and Communities

CHARLEMAGNE BUILDING (MANS/JENK (listening room))
Interpretation: EN-DE-FR

Webstreaming

Agenda pdf

Presentations:

  • The Partnership in a nutshell, Colette Maloney pdf, DG CNECT
  • Joining up policy initiatives at urban level, Keir Fitch pdf, DG MOVE
  • H2020 Smart Cities Call for Proposals and Invitation for Commitments, Andreea Strachinescu pdf, DG ENER
  • Investing in Smart Cities, Gianni Carbonaro pdf, European Investment Bank
  • Smart Cities Metrics, Hans-Martin Neumann pdf, AIT Austrian Institute Of Technology
  • Future Internet and Experimental Platforms, Per Blixt, CNECT
  • Smart City linked to FI-WARE, Nuria De Lama pdf, Atos
  • How to keep sensing the city pulse? Íñigo de la Serna pdf, the Mayor of Santander
  • Living Labs and City Service Development Kit for Open and Agile Cities, Jarmo Eskelinen pdf, CEO Forum Virium Helsinki,Chair European Network of Living Labs
  • Commons, Open Data and Code for Europe for Connected Smart Cities, Katalin Gallyas pdf, Open Innovation Advisor, City of Amsterdam, Economic Affairs
  • Future Internet Engagement of SMEs, and the Creative Ring, Pieter Ballon pdf, Director Living Labs, Coordinator Smart Cities, iMinds

Cities of Tomorrow - Urban Challenges expert workshop

BERLAYMONT BUILDING (SCHUM)
Interpretation: EN-DE-FR-IT

Webstreaming

Agenda pdf

Presentation pdf

 

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