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To all actors shaping Europe’s cities and regions,
The German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community invite you to take part in the web series “Europe’s Cities Fit for Future”: five online sessions spread over three days during the GERMAN EU COUNCIL PRESIDENCY.  As the COVID-19 pandemic turns most local development strategies upside down in a drastic way, 2020 still holds the opportunity to influence an important strategic course in the field of European urban development policy and thereby to react immediate and resolute to the experienced shortcomings. The regulations governing the EU Structural Funds for the next seven years will be approved. Further, the adoption of the NEW LEIPZIG CHARTER is foreseen end of 2020. Together with you, we want to discuss the following questions in our European web series:
  • What can the New Leipzig Charter and the EU cohesion policy contribute to resilient cities and regions fit for future?
  • What are the approaches of JUST, GREEN and PRODUCTIVE front-runner cities and regions?

For more information on the respective web sessions see below and download the web series agenda. We are looking forward to inspiring discussions!
>> The globalisation has its strong impacts on local level. Climate change, increasing social fragmentation, digitalisation, new economies: Cities are facing a number of different challenges. How to cope with them and what the NEW LEIPZIG CHARTER and its principles could contribute? These questions are at the heart of the first web session. We will hear keynotes of VOLKMAR VOGEL, Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Federal Minister responsible for urban development, as well as book author DR. NIKLAS MAAK and other high-ranking officials and experts. Furthermore, KEYNOTES & TALKS of European urban development experts and moderated discussions are on the agenda. <<
>> Many cities and regions from all over Europe are already implementing innovative strategies and principles as described in the New Leipzig Charter and during the kick-off session of our web series on September 3rd 2020. What is to learn from them? This will be addressed in three interactive thematic sessions on GOOD PRACTICE EXAMPLES on just, green and productive city strategies.
In each session, there will be a short input, respectively on the JUST, GREEN or PRODUCTIVE CITY. These are the three key dimensions of sustainable European cities that will be laid out in the New Leipzig Charter.
What follows are short inputs in different formats on good practices with talks, videos, presentations and micro panels with representatives of four cities in each session. A moderated discussion on their perception of KEY PRINCIPLES OF GOOD URBAN GOVERNANCE will conclude the sessions. These principles include the integrated approach, participation & co-creation, multi-level governance, the place-based approach as well as their understanding of urban policy for the common good. <<
>> Neighbourhoods, cities and regions are the nucleus of innovative, integrative and inclusive development, close to the citizens and their needs. At our final web conference, we will discuss what can be done on EU level to EMPOWER CITIES & REGIONS to be fit for future. We will hear Normunds Popens from the EU Commission’s DG Regio, insights from the URBACT programme on empowerment through KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE as well as an input from the German EU Council Presidency on the implementation of the New Leipzig Charter and its link to the URBAN AGENDA FOR THE EU.
Further formats will be a wrap-up on findings of the good practice cities from the “Translate it into Action“-session as well as a panel debate on the RIGHT FRAMEWORK AT THE EUROPEAN LEVEL. <<
The events are organised by the German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development by means of the National Urban Development Policy of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.
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