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September 2016 


Mayor of Ghent talks TTIP with Commissioner Malmström

Daniël Termont, mayor of Ghent and EUROCITIES vice president, met the European commissioner for trade to clarify aspects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).The meeting was an opportunity for us to clarify some concerns our member cities have regarding the trade agreement between the EU and the US, and make the case for cities to be involved directly in the negotiation process.


Cities can guide smart skills investment

Having the right skills can make the difference between being able to participate fully in society and the economy and being excluded. The evolving labour market and the digital transition bring the need to invest in new skills, develop skills, identify gaps and forecast needs. That is why EUROCITIES and the city of Rotterdam organised an event, ‘Skilling up for jobs in cities: making the most of the Urban Agenda for the EU’, in Rotterdam on 21 September.


New EUROCITIES mobility projects

EUROCITIES has been successful in applying for two new Horizon 2020 projects, CIVITAS SATELLITE and SUMPS-UP, which will stimulate and facilitate the exchange of good practice between local authorities on various aspects of sustainable urban mobility.


Register now for EUROCITIES 2016 Milan – Sharing Cities

Join us in Milan on 16-18 November for discussions on the sharing economy and the chance to meet your peers from around Europe. Registration is now open for the conference, where we will consider the impact of the sharing economy on cities, looking at digital, sustainability, governance, economic and social aspects.


Launch of Global Parliament of Mayors

Mayors from over 75 cities around the world met in The Hague over the weekend to launch a new platform for cities to address global challenges. A large number of EUROCITIES mayors participated in the launch event, and our secretary general, Anna Lisa Boni, is a member of the advisory board.


How cities can support start-ups – response to Commission consultation

We explain why cities have a crucial role to play in creating local ecosystems that support the creation and development of start-ups in our response to the European Commission's consultation on start-ups. We propose two key actions to make it easier for cities to support start-ups.


Cities in action: Rotterdam Business Case

With 3,500 self-employed citizens living below the poverty line, Rotterdam came up with an innovative scheme to equip them with the business skills they need to succeed. By bringing together business students and retired entrepreneurs, the city created The Rotterdam Business Case, a coaching scheme to support sustainable business success


Other News

30th anniversary publication: young professionals' urban visions

To mark our 30th anniversary, we decided to involve the next generation of urban experts to collect thought-provoking contributions on the future of cities.

SEiSMiC passes baton to JPI Urban Europe

SEiSMiC urban stakeholders will continue their cooperation in the framework of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe.

Culture for Cities and Regions coaching visits

Ten cities and regions will benefit from tailored coaching, starting with Bratislava.

Busy summer for Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors was represented at a number of events over the summer.

Burgas hosts first Sharing Cities consortium meeting

Representatives from 35 partner organisations met in Burgas on 12-13 July for the first Sharing Cities consortium meeting.

OPTICITIES lunch debate on mobility as a service

'Mobility as a service in the urban environment' takes place at the European Parliament in Brussels on 11 October.

CREATE mentoring and study visits

This summer saw the launch of mentoring visits under the CREATE research project.


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