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New Democracy: Co-creating the City

In the evening of 25 February we hosted an event to co-create recommendations of good urban governance for the EU Urban Agenda. The cities of Bologna, Solin and Leeuwarden have used support of citizens and cultural change-makers to come up with creative solutions for social issues. Our speakers have tested alternative forms of cooperation and come up with new ways of participatory governance:
- Antonija Eremut has demonstrated with the City of Solin in Croatia, that citizens can work together effectively to reclaim public space that had been abandoned.
- Christian Iaione, founder of the think-tank Laboratory for the Governance of Commons (LabGov) is pioneering in Italy with students, citizens and the city government on institutional innovation, of which the Bologna’s Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Commons has been the most impactful.
- Sjoerd Feitsma, Alderman Leeuwarden. Leeuwarden-Fryslân, European Cultural Capital in 2018 has convinced the jury of the European Cultural Capital with their topic ‘mienskip’ (= community) that participation of communities and culture are driving engines for socio-economic development in Europe.
- Pedro Campos Ponce of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations is leading the process towards the EU Urban Agenda of which good urban governance, including citizens’ participation is one of the priorities.

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The Urban Agenda for the EU must be more than a networking exercise

The Urban Agenda for the EU must be more than a networking exercise | Energy Transition in Europe | |
"The Urban Agenda offers too much potential to improve the way in which our cities will work in future to be restricted to a mere high-quality networking exercise. It must instead be recognised as a binding political commitment, with tangible investments and outcomes, which have real legitimacy and an impact on legislation. The European Commission's move to dedicate 6% of the European Regional Development Fund to investments in sustainable urban development proposed in the framework for cohesion policy beyond 2020 presented on 29 May is a step in the right direction. The same is true for the European Urban Initiative, a new instrument for city-to-city cooperation, innovation and capacity-building across all the thematic priorities of the Urban Agenda for the EU", said Cork city Councillor Kieran McCarthy (IE/EA), CoR rapporteur on the Implementation assessment of the Urban Agenda for the EU.
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Policy Lab: Shaping the Spanish National Urban Agenda | EUKN

Policy Lab: Shaping the Spanish National Urban Agenda | EUKN | Energy Transition in Europe | |

This year’s European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) Policy Lab for Spain took place in Madrid and was organised in cooperation with the Ministerio de Fomento, Madrid on the theme of National Urban Agenda in Spain. The event aimed at supporting Spain's commitment to develop its urban agenda built on the existing urban policies at the national level.
The EUKN Policy Lab allowed for an exchange between Spanish experts and experts from national ministries in EUKN countries working in the field of National Urban Policies: France, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands.

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Urban agenda for the EU : Have your say with the Public Feedbacks!

Urban agenda for the EU : Have your say with the Public Feedbacks! | Energy Transition in Europe | |
Three more Partnerships established within the framework of the Urban Agenda for the EU (Digital Transition, Circular Economy and Urban Mobility) have prepared their draft Action Plans, which now await public input. The informal Public Feedback on all three draft Action Plans is open as of today and closes on Friday, 16 March 2018.

All interested stakeholders (e.g. institutions and authorities, academies and research centres, companies, NGOs, experts and citizens) are invited to participate and contribute to the draft actions developed by the Partnerships. Each draft action has its own survey, allowing users to provide input on the themes and actions most relevant to them. The surveys can be answered anonymously.
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