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News on EU-policy

On a regular basis EMI reports on plans or developments regarding European policy.

  • European companies and regional leaders agree on Action Plan to make Europe's cities smarter
    18 November 2013
    More than 75% of EU citizens live in cities – it is where they mostly live, work, and play. Cities are the major source of European economic activity and of innovation. But the global economy is developing and rapidly changing and European cities need to rise to new challenges. Cities are also a major source of greenhouse gases and local pollution and concerted action is needed to put this right. Cities can and should be made better places to live in and to work. Cities can become cleaner and healthier and use less energy. They can be Smart Cities.
  • How do cities respond to urban challenges within the 2007-2013 cohesion policy period?
    02 April 2013
    DG Regio (European Commission) published a new report in January 2013 showcasing 50 good practice examples in cities during the 2007 - 2013 cohesion policy period. The practices show how these cities are responding locally to common urban challenges with the aid of EU structural funds. The case studies are focused around eight key themes: smart growth; sustainable growth; inclusive growth; integrated area-based approaches; housing for marginalised groups; financial engineering; public participation and empowerment; and cooperation, networking and learning.
  • The EU Budget for 2014 – 2020 : invest in Europe’s young people
    15 February 2013
    On the 7th and 8th of February 2013, EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss a major item on their agenda: the EU's budget for 2014-2020, known as the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). The European Council finally reached an agreement. In this article we give an overview of the highlights of this agreement and their impact on European cities and regions.
  • City to City Barcelona FAD Award
    04 February 2013
    Cities are faced daily with problems, conflicts, challenges and new scenarios that require exemplary responses and solutions. In a context like the current one, where innovative ideas and entrepreneurial attitudes are crucial when it comes to improving the quality of life of cities, the FAD organises the City to City Barcelona FAD Award.
  • RFSC helps cities in pursuing sustainable urban development
    28 January 2013
    The Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) has been successfully launched and is now available to all European cities and municipalities wishing to pursue an integrated and sustainable urban development. The RFSC offers practical support in integrating sustainability principles into policies and actions at various urban scales, from neighbourhood level to the wider metropolitan level.
  • Smart Cities and Communities Stakeholder Platform
    14 January 2013
    Smart Cities and Communities Stakeholder Platform is a new European Initiative. Contributing to the goals of the European Commission’s Strategic Energy Technologies Plan (SET-Plan), the platform brings together local stakeholders to identify and review technological solutions which help making European cities smarter by deploying innovative technologies in sectors such as mobility, buildings and energy networks. By now, more than 150 such solutions were shared on the Platform. Through the platform it is possible to directly contact the solution providers. In this article 2 distinct solutions in the field of energy efficiency and sustainable public transport are highlighted.
  • Celebrating the new status of EUKN with a festive event in Brussels
    20 December 2012
    On December the 12th 2012 The European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) organised a special launching event to celebrate its new European legal status as an EGTC (European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation). This new status gives EUKN a stronger legal basis for cooperation between intergovernmental networks and communitarian programmes. The event was held in Brussels at the office of the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union. Mart Grisel (Director of the EUKN ETGC) chaired the event.
  • Urban Policies in the European Union from the perspective of Collaborative Planning
    07 November 2012
    In June 2012, Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado finalized her PhD Thesis, entitled “Urban Policies of the European Union from the perspective of Collaborative Planning. The URBAN and URBAN II Community Initiatives in Spain” supervised by Professor Inés Sánchez de Madariaga at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Her thesis analyses the contribution of the urban policy of the European Union, in particular the two rounds of the URBAN Community Initiative, to the urban regeneration practice in Spain.
  • Cohesion Policy 2014 - 2020: negotiations about the urban dimension
    17 September 2012
    During the last couple of months the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) discussed the plans of the European Commission for Cohesion Policy and its urban dimension. Interestingly, MEPs are positive about the increasingly urban-oriented focus, but they do not support the ‘Urban Development Platform’. The following months will prove to be exciting as the Member States will enter the negotiations.
  • DART Project – Demographic change in European Regions
    18 July 2012
    In the project Declining, Ageing and Regional Transformation (DART), 13 regions co-operate, identify and transfer appropriate solutions for dealing with demographic change. The project is financed by the European Regional Development Fund. On the 3rd of September 2012 a final conference of this project will take place in Potsdam, Germany. DART has identified several good practices. In this article 2 interesting practices are highlighted.
  • Funding programs Cohesion Policy and Horizon2020
    04 July 2012
    In the negotiations on the budget for the new programming period (2014-2020) of the European Union 2 issues are of particular interest to EU cities and metropolitan areas: Cohesion Policy and Horizon 2020. It is now time for cities to prepare and align in view of funding opportunities in both the ERDF and research (Horizon 2020). Developing a ‘smart specialisation’ strategy is the key for cities in synergizing Cohesion Policy and Horizon 2020.
  • Urban Forum 2012: cities crucial to future of our planet
    29 February 2012
  • Europe 2020: 2nd Monitoring Report to bridge the partnership gap
    08 February 2012
  • EMI supports urban focus of new ERDF Financial Regulations for 2014 - 2020
    10 November 2011
  • Survey: EU2020 what is happening on the ground?
    16 September 2011
  • EMI participates in consultation Green Paper - Common Strategic Framework for future EU Research & Innovation Funding
    24 May 2011
  • EMI reacts on improved EU research and innovation funding
    15 February 2011
  • EMI´s reaction to the 5th Cohesion Policy from the European Commission
    28 January 2011
  • EMI as expert in ECOSOC´s opinion on Metropolitan Areas in EU2020
    16 June 2011
  • Workshop OPEN DAYS 2013 - Putting deprived areas back on track
    11 September 2013
    In October 2013, regions and cities will be finalising preparations for the 2014-2020 cohesion policy, rural development and fisheries programmes. The OPEN DAYS 2013 will offer EU institutions, managing authorities and final beneficiaries a chance to exchange and network on new approaches even before the new operational programmes (OPs) are implemented in 2014.