Europe: Athens' Mayor presents ‘Solidarity Cities’
In Response to the 'refugee crisis' and under the framework of the EUROCITIES network, the Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis presents the municipality’s Solidarity Cities and invites European cities to join his initiative, which will offer local authorities the tools to strengthen their response to the refugee situation affecting their cities today. Solidarity Cities, announced at a press conference in Athens on 17 October 2016, aims to highlight political leadership of and actions taken by cities in addressing this challenge.
Within the Solidarity Cities platform, City leaders want to find ways to receive and facilitate the integration of refugees and migrants into local societies, through exchange of know-how and expertise. Besides focusing on the humanitarian response to the refugee crisis, the initiative calls for a fair sharing of responsibilities among EU member states. Athens has so far received the support of cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona and Ghent.
Read an interview with the Mayor of Athens.