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5th European Summit of Cities and Regions on 22/23rd March 2012

The 5th European Summit of Cities and Regions will be held on 22nd and 23rd of March in Copenhagen. In Several workshops the challenges of cities and regions will be discussed.

Workshop A.1: What is the impact of the European Union on urban development?
The urban phenomenon is an integrated part of European identity but there is still a lot of work to do to implement successful and sustainable urban development policies. Despite noticeable progress in some sectors, the EU has until now failed to propose a coherent and integrated policy framework for urban areas. There is still a wide range of national approaches and a high degree of path dependency. However, the Leipzig Charter and current proposed cohesion policy regulations point to an encouraging trend. To what extent do European cities benefit from belonging to the EU, and how can they make their way in a multi-level governance system?

Workshop B.1: How can we develop innovative funding for tomorrow’s green urban economy?
The transition to a green economy will be at the heart of the Rio+20 Earth Summit. But this will require substantial funding, and the development of innovative financial schemes involving local partners, banks, private companies, and civil society with EU support, in order to have a significant leverage effect while applying market-based instruments. What lessons can be learnt from the cities and regions that have successfully managed the financial shortfall?

Mercedes Bresso, President of the Committee of the Regions: “It is my pleasure to announce the 5th European Summit of Regions and Cities, to be organised by the Committee of the Regions in cooperation with the City of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark on 22 and 23 March 2012. Hosted in an environment known for the high quality of life, architectural achievements, accomplishments in sustainable development and social cohesion, the Summit will offer an excellent opportunity to reflect on the European model for the “urban fabric”.

As at previous summits, Mayors of cities and Presidents of regions are invited to voice their views on the many challenges they face and to present some of their practical solutions and innovative approaches, during various workshops and as part of the accompanying exhibition on best urban development practices.

In the run-up to the United Nations’ Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20″), I would like the Committee of the Regions to take the opportunity and showcase in Copenhagen best local and regional practices, as well as a strong political commitment, in order to have a significant impact on the EU’s position at the UN conference between 20 and 22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.”

Source: Website Committee of the Regions, www.cor.europa.eu

Picture: Website Committee of the Regions, www.cor.europa.eu