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CiTIEs – Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe

Brussels 17-18 February 2014 - Charlemagne Building

Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe


On 17-18 February the European Commission organised a major Forum, "CITIES - Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe", to discuss how we can strengthen the urban dimension of EU policymaking, and on how we can better recognise cities' key role in rolling out EU and national policies. The main objective of the CITIES Forum was to stimulate a debate at European level on the need for an EU urban agenda. A set of questions were raised and key messages were addressed such as:

Why do we need an EU urban agenda?

  • For fostering the role of the European Union as a facilitator of urban development;
  • For further integrating sector policies and making them better adapted to urban realities,
  • As leverage to strengthen national urban agendas.

What should an EU agenda be?

  • A framework to guide action, to bring coherence to a diversity of initiatives and policies,
  • An instrument to involve cities and their political leaders in the EU policymaking and policy implementation,
  • A tool to develop methodology to integrate the goals of the EU2020 strategy with cities’ own strategies.

Read the Report of the Forum pdf en

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Background information

Issues Paper pdf as well as a background annex pdf. The paper sets the context and the scope of the debate and also introduces a set of questions for debate, i.e. the why?, what? and how? of an EU urban agenda.

Report 'Cities of tomorrow'

The Committee of the Regions is currently elaborating an own-initiative opinion entitled "Towards an integrated urban agenda for the EU", for which Mr Bas Verkerk (NL/ALDE), mayor of Delft, was appointed as rapporteur. The objective is to take stock of the numerous initiatives at EU and intergovernmental levels in the field of urban policy, and to call for an integrated EU urban agenda until 2020 and beyond. The draft opinion will be submitted for adoption to the CoR plenary session on 25-26 June 2014. More information and other language versions

Web info on the urban dimension of EU policies and initiatives

Commission President, José Manuel Barroso calls for an EU urban agenda on the occasion of the CiTIEs forum

Examples of Urban Projects

EU Regional Policy: Stay informed