CITIES FORUM 2023 – Call for hosting cities

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29/11/2021

After a period of unprecedented challenges brought up by the pandemic, we are happy to announce that CITIES FORUM will be organised in physical and hybrid format in 2023. We are currently looking for the city where the FORUM will take place.

Cities interested in hosting and co-organising the CITIES FORUM together with DG REGIO can show their interest by submitting an application by 31 January 2022.

The CITIES FORUM is a biennial major event of the European Commission that brings together key urban stakeholders from European, national regional and local levels. It is the place and the moment to progress on the urban dimension of Cohesion Policy, the Urban Agenda for the EU, the role of cities in implementing the European Green Deal, the EU response to the urban dimension of the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda, the New Leipzig Charter as well as on EU level initiatives developed in order to support cities.

Many stakeholders implementing and promoting integrated and sustainable urban development, including cities, regions, umbrella organisations and NGO’s, will contribute to the success of this edition of CITIES Forum by being speakers and leading workshops. Additionally, high-level political representatives from all levels of government, from all over Europe, representing balanced geography, gender and sizes of cities will participate in the various sessions.

The 5th edition of the CITIES FORUM will take place in the first quarter of 2023 and will welcome around 700 participants for 2 days.

In 2020, the CITIES FORUM brought together more than 650 urban stakeholders in the city of Porto. As a great number of cities competed then to host the FORUM, the Commission decided to continue organising an OPEN CALL for interested cities in Europe.

Cities interested in hosting and co-organising the CITIES FORUM together with DG REGIO can show their interest by submitting the application form by 31 January 2022.

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