Informal Council meeting – ‘Towards an EU urban agenda’

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Karine Daniel, deputy mayor of Nantes, represented us at an informal Council meeting in Riga on 10 June where national ministers adopted a declaration on an EU urban agenda.

National ministers in charge of regional and urban development adopted the declaration ‘Towards an EU urban agenda’ at an informal Council meeting in Riga on 10 June. 

We were represented by Karine Daniel, deputy mayor of Nantes, who welcomed the initiative and confirmed our commitment to work with partners, including the Commission and forthcoming EU presidencies, to move an EU urban agenda from paper to action. She highlighted our main points on an EU urban agenda, including the aim of working more effectively across levels of governance and sectors for better urban solutions on the ground (read more in our statement, available at the link below). 

The declaration is a step forward for the urban agenda, committing member states to continue their work towards an urban agenda in partnership with the Commission, cities and other stakeholders. It calls on the Commission to strengthen policy coordination and impact assessment of initiatives that touch on cities. It also invites local authorities to actively contribute to the further development of an urban agenda.

The declaration will be a stepping stone for the continued work of the forthcoming Dutch EU presidency in 2016, which will prepare the launch of a comprehensive EU urban agenda.   

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