URBAN-EU-CHINA project goes live

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Two recent events - one in Putian on 19 March and the other in Brussels on 28-29 March - marked the official launch of the new Horizon 2020 URBAN-EU-CHINA project.

The EU-China Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation, coordinated by Annemie Wyckmans, vice dean of research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), brings together twelve European and Chinese consortium partners from the fields of research, business, and R&I to cooperate on sustainable urbanisation. EUROCITIES is leading the work on creating a nursery of joint projects by developing a critical mass of EU and Chinese cities cooperating with each other on urban innovation, sustainability, and quality.

Nikolaos Kontinakis, senior project coordinator at EUROCITIES, represented us at both events. During the opening ceremony of the EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development in Putian, European and Chinese officials recognised their shared responsibility in promoting new models of urbanisation to mitigate the influence of climate change on economic development. Following a day-long conference and panel meetings on 20 March, participants visited Jiankou community, a pilot village in the new development model, and the Mazu Culture and Tourism Park.

On 28-29 March, Brussels hosted the second event, where the partnership was formally presented to representatives of the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation and the Delegation of the European Union to China and Mongolia.

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Nikolaos Kontinakis