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When working on a stronger social and economic position for European cities, EMI comes across inspiring and useful practices in different cities. Cities share their practices in a variety of themes with you.

  • Practice of the Month | social housing project in Brussels - Kangaroo project in Molenbeek: Better living together!
    18 October 2013
    Jacques is 14 years old. When he comes from school, he is welcomed by his mother and Paul H, their co-resident in the home, a man 70 years old. They are living together in one of the two kangaroo homes operated by the Public Social Welfare Centre in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. Each home accommodates four seniors with one single-parent family. Each resident has his/her own room, but the living areas are communal.
  • PRISPA, a Romanian answer to a low-budget energy efficient house
    18 October 2013
    This month the practice of the month comes from Romania. As the country hosting the 2013 EUKN annual conference (Energy Efficient Cities, Oradea, 6 -7 November) we have selected an inspirational project developed by an ambitious young team of Romanian architects and students, promoting energy efficiency in housing as well as launching the Romanian traditional architecture towards the future, adapting it to everyday needs.
  • Urban renewal project Esch Belval : From Luxembourg’s largest steelworks to a dynamic mixed-use city quarter
    11 September 2013
    For several decades Esch/Belval, a development site about 20 kilometres southwest of Luxembourg-City, was home to the country’s largest steel plant. Today only a few remnants of the factory buildings are left. The site is developing into a modern city quarter with new economic, cultural and residential activities aimed at stimulating growth in the entire South Region.
  • City practice of the month: energy efficiency project in Budapest
    31 July 2013
    The commercial and general natural gas supplier, the FŐGÁZ Zrt., started a building energy business action in the summer of 2012. It includes heating modernization and heating equipment’s renewal of family-flat condominiums. The 84% of the non-panel condominiums use natural gas heating system in Hungary, but the 75% of the heating equipments have not been modernized, their mean ages are 19-20 years, they are outdated, wasteful and unsafe. The investments of FŐGÁZ can be the solution for the problem of the family-flat condominiums, since significant energy savings help increasing energy efficiency. Although this energy project works on the local level (currently in Budapest) and has had only a few implemented projects yet, the popularization of the business model can renew several heating systems of family-flat condominiums similarly in the future.
  • City practice of the month: solidarity housing Charleroi
    24 June 2013
    It all started in 2000. At that time, the non-profit organisation “Relogeas de Charleroi” placed at the disposal of Le Germoir, an enterprise active in a ‘Training through Work’ project (Entreprise de Formation par le Travail), a one-family home of three rooms to accommodate women that had been victims of (home and/or family) physical abuse. The project is called Transit 77.
  • Historic quarter of Cartagena
    11 March 2013
    The historic quarter of Cartagena is an urban space of 120 ha. The city makes up for an urban space originating at the end of XVIII and beginning of XIX century, having a population of 50.000 inhabitants. Cartagena holds a very rich cultural patrimony and enormous tourist potential, receiving at the same time a great part of the traditional commerce and also the financial, educational, and institutional activity of the municipality.
  • Active ageing project in Prague
    27 May 2013
    This month the practice of the month comes from the Czech Republic. Demographic ageing is a challenge, which many European cities face. The Active Age Urbact project brought together 9 cities from Italy, Czech Republic, UK, Greece, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and Bulgaria to share experience on this problem. The project focused on improving urban policies in relation to demographic ageing of Europe's population and making these policies more sustainable. The project had 2 main aims. The first one was to facilitate transnational exchange of know-how between cities from 8 EU member states. The second one was the preparation of a Local Action Plan for Prague with the help of local stakeholders, who met at Local Action Group.
  • Mayor of Drancy: our city has become a hub for high tech industries and higher education thanks to urban technology
    18 February 2013
    Drancy, a suburb of Paris, has become one of the most innovative cities in France by embracing the power of participation. Thanks to forward-thinking leaders and a comprehensive business transformation initiative based on Cisco networking technology, Drancy’s citizens are connecting to schools, local government, and healthcare centers, while new businesses and schools are also ‘coming to town’. Cisco is a company that offers all kinds of high tech solutions for the public and private sector.
  • Practice of the Month: BOOT – Neighbourhood stores for education, research and talent development
    14 January 2013
    A BOOT is a neighbourhood store where students from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences offer all kinds of advice and services (administrative, financial, judicial, educational, etc.) to residents of deprived neighbourhoods in Amsterdam. The involved students also organize social activities for the neighbourhood and its residents and conduct research into various socioeconomic issues.
  • Practice of the month: Europe Direct Centre The Hague
    21 November 2012
    The Europe Direct Centre in the city of The Hague is a good example of a successful way to bridge the gap between the European Union and the citizens of The Hague. In May 2009 the European Direct Centre The Hague was officially opened by the Mayor of The Hague, Jozias van Aartsen. The centre is situated in the city hall, located at Spui 70.
  • Connecting business and academic world at the Technology Centre Hradec Králové
    11 October 2012
    The Technology Centre Hradec Králové was initaited by the City of Hradec Králové, in cooperation with the University of Hradec Králové and the company EPIS. These three parties wanted to actively develop the innovative environment in the region. A modern science and technology park has arisen through the reconstruction of the former military canteen in the Hradec Králové airport. By means of provided services the centre supports technological transfer and innovative processes both in companies and universities. It tries to interconnect the business- and the academic sphere in a spontaneous way and thus remove barriers between those two worlds.
  • The city of Maribor: from shrinking city to Cultural Capital of the year 2012
    18 July 2012
    The city of Maribor (Slovenia) is this year’s European capital of culture. A few years ago, however, it was the fastest shrinking city in the EU. Maribor shows that investing in the city’s cultural profile can be an effective way to revive the city and once again make its inhabitants proud.
  • Matchmaking in Spanish city of Candeleda to combat dwindling population
    23 July 2012
    A Spanish dating association is trying to slow a population drain from the country's central villages by introducing bachelors to women bussed in from Madrid. Candeleda, a village of 6,000 on the banks of the Lobera river, hosted a weekend fiesta in April 2012 to welcome 68 women for a meet-and-greet with the its single men.
  • Social Housing Agency Luxembourg
    14 May 2012
  • City of Pécs - Hungary: graffiti free school program
    20 March 2012
  • Revitalisation of the inland port in Hamburg-Harburg
    23 January 2012
  • The Danube Foundation: stories, dreams and ideas
    20 December 2011
  • The Green Islands of Luxembourg
    28 November 2011
  • Crowdfunding: New York High Line in Rotterdam?
    20 October 2011
  • Results URBACT: connecting cities, building successes
    15 September 2011
  • Educational success in Paris
    12 September 2011
  • Amsterdam Smart City Initiative
    03 August 2011
  • Revitalisation park and gardens in Prague
    19 July 2011
  • Sustainable neighbourhoods in Brussels
    24 May 2011
  • Partnership to prevent juvenil delinquency Romania
    14 April 2011
  • City practice of the month: Solidarity Housing in Brussels
    11 April 2013
    Jacques is 14 years old. When he comes from school, he is welcomed by his mother and Paul H, their co-resident in the home, a man 70 years old. They are living together in one of the two kangaroo homes operated by the Public Social Welfare Centre in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. Each home accommodates four seniors with one single-parent family. Each resident has his/her own room, but the living areas are communal.

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