EUROCITIES will hold its second mayors summit next 20-21 March 2019 in Brussels to launch our political manifesto ahead of the European elections and to present the results of our cities’ work in bridging the gap between Europe and its citizens.
At a time when Europe is striving to retain its legitimacy and relevance, cities can provide a critical link with people. The mismatch between citizens' expectations and what can be done to tackle our most pressing challenges is causing an increasing distance between political institutions and the public.
With our 'Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens' campaign, cities are now leading the way towards the creation of societies where people come first and where trust between people and public authorities is strengthened.
As mayors and city leaders from across Europe we are committed to being strategic partners to the EU institutions and working towards a more positive future for Europe and its people.
That is why the summit will be the opportunity to launch our political manifesto ahead of the European elections in May: ‘The city leaders’ agenda for the EU’.
A draft programme of the summit and the EUROCITIES declaration on citizens' engagement are available here (for members only).
For more information please contact Nicola Vatthauer
Wednesday 20 March 2019 - Vaudeville Theatre, Galerie de la Reine 13, 1000 Brussels (public event)
· 18:30-20:00 The city - a woman's place
o Anna König Jerlmyr, president of EUROCITIES and mayor of Stockholm
o Ada Colau, mayor of Barcelona
o Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes
o Emily O'Reilly, European ombudsman
· 20.00-22.00 Cultural evening and cocktail reception
Thursday 21 March 2019 - Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels (on invitation only)
· 08:30- 09.00 Registration and coffee
· 09:00- 09.15 Setting the scene – welcome and introduction
o Welcome by Anna König Jerlmyr, EUROCITIES president and mayor of Stockholm
· 09:15- 10.45 A new democracy in Europe? Citizen engagement
o Cities4Europe and citizens panels results - Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES secretary general
o Addresses by:
§ Jean-Claude Juncker, president European Commission (invited)
§ High level member state representative
§ Jan Olbrycht, president EP Urban Intergroup
§ Karl-Heinz Lambertz, president Committee of the Regions
Scheduled responses from citizens and mayors representing the citizen panels initiative.
· 10:45- 11:15 coffee break
· 11:15-13:00 A new democracy in Europe - now what?
o Official presentation of the EUROCITIES manifesto by Anna König Jerlmyr
o Debate with European institutions including:
o Leading candidates from the main European groups
o European Commission
o Debate with EUROCITIES mayors
13:00 -13:15 Conclusions and closing
o o vice president and mayor of Florence
13:15 -14:30 Lunch