Posts Tagged ‘europe’

Best social media posts and best photos from 2018 #URBACTFest!

On 13 and 14 September 2018 URBACT City Festival took place in the wonderful city of Lisbon (PT). More than 500 participants, from 200 European cities gathered to celebrate the rising influence of cities as actors of change. URBACT also took the opportunity to celebrate the 15 years of the URBACT Programme! With this post [...]

By URBACT, on September 21st, 2018 at 08:18

A Call for a European Fund for Municipalities to Welcome Refugees

Can cities become a space for a new European conception of transnational solidarity? In this interview by European Alternatives, German politician and professor Gesine Schwan, proposes the idea of a European Fund for municipalities to welcome refugees. This article is an extract from an article published on Politicalcritique.org on 21 June 2018. You have a [...]

By URBACT, on June 29th, 2018 at 13:36

Welcoming Mayors Stand Up

International laws and conventions ignored After rescue procedures were arranged by the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Center (MRCC) of Rome, the “Aquarius” boat (of SOS Méditerranée and Doctors Without Borders, with 629 people on board including 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 other children and seven pregnant women) was prevented from disembarking in “a place of safety”. [...]

By Laura Colini, on June 14th, 2018 at 18:18

Democracy in America?

One of the first, and definitely most famous, observers of American democratic institutions saw in local government one of the key pillars to the newly established democratic system. Alexis de Tocqueville was impressed by New England townships’ degree of self-government. Today, almost two centuries after Tocqueville’s essay was published, it may be time to conclude [...]

By Fernando Fernandez-Monge, on April 13th, 2018 at 10:06

Cities, actors of change

URBACT’s Emmanuel Moulin takes us on a trip to the Brussels of the future in this article first published as part of a collection for his former doctorate supervisor Prof Dr. Klaus Kunzmann. As a 75th birthday tribute to Kunzmann, who 20 years ago identified five key challenges for spatial development and planning in Europe, [...]

By Emmanuel Moulin, on August 10th, 2017 at 08:45

Traffic: Blocking Our Roads, But More Importantly- Blocking Our Airways

In a statement to the Observer newspaper (23 March, 2014) Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment  , said that “poor air quality is the top environmental cause of premature deaths in the EU, causing more than 100,000 premature deaths annually and representing more than €300 billion per year in extra health costs”

By Philipp Stein, on April 4th, 2014 at 12:16

What I learnt at Winter School about Skills and Jobs in Europe – Ian Goldring

I recently had the pleasure of participating in a 3-day ‘Winter School’ on ‘New Skills and Occupations in Europe: Challenges and Possibilities’, , organised by the Centre for European Studies here in Brussels. A slew of Commission representatives spoke and there were more PhDs about than you could shake a stick at, tossing around banter [...]

By URBACT, on January 7th, 2014 at 13:55

Migrant Integration: Inventing Multicultural Citizenship at City Level

Migration in Europe today presents a complex picture.The previous trends of predominantly Mediterranean migration to the industrial north, and post-colonial migration from third countries have been replaced by more diverse patterns, with many cities now playing host to a mix of migrants from different ethnic groups, including new immigrants, for example from Latin America, people [...]

By Sally Kneeshaw, on October 15th, 2013 at 16:01

Towards a New Deal for European Cohesion Policy

Towards a New Deal was the motto of this year’s XXIII Economic Forum in Krynica and a great deal of energy was around in those days. More than 2,500 guests – political, economic and social leaders – and 500 journalists visited the Forum from nearly 60 countries of Europe, Asia and America. The Forum was [...]

By Antonio Borghi, on September 26th, 2013 at 18:44