Brussels, 22 June 2004 – The conclusion of the Intergovernmental Conference and the final agreement of EU Leaders on a new Constitutional Treaty represent a considerable achievement for local and regional authorities in Europe, says Wolfgang Tiefensee, Mayor of Leipzig and President of EUROCITIES – the network of major European cities.
Mr Tiefensee welcomes the success of the European Council in Brussels last week, at which EU leaders reached agreement on a new Constitutional Treaty for the European Union. On the occasion of the conclusion of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC), he expressed his satisfaction: Continue reading
At the EUROCITIES Conference & AGM in Vienna (10-12 November 2004), the member cities jointly agreed a set of proposals for closer cooperation with EU institutions and national governments.
16 November 2004 – EUROCITIES has issued a political declaration addressed to the EU institutions and to the national governments of the 25 Member States. With this declaration, EUROCITIES is seeking to give cities a stronger voice in political decisions affecting urban areas.
‘EUROCITIES Vienna Declaration’ was officially adopted by EUROCITIES members on the occasion of EUROCITIES Conference and Annual General Meeting, which took place in Vienna from 10 to 12 November 2004. The Conference attracted the participation of more than 450 delegates, including some 30 Mayors, from over 90 different European cities. The overall theme of the Conference was: ‘Gaining from Visions – cities for a new perspective on social and economic prosperity’. Continue reading
Meeting in Rotterdam on 30 November, Ministers from 28 countries agreed on a series of steps to increase cooperation on urban issues.
Ministers from 28 countries have agreed on a series of steps to increase cooperation on urban issues among national governments, with the European institutions and with cities’ own local governments. This is the positive result of the Ministerial Meeting on Urban Policy, which took place in Rotterdam [photo] on 30 November, hosted by the Dutch Presidency of the European Union.
The meeting brought together Ministers and senior officials from the national governments of 28 countries, including all 25 EU Member States, plus Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey, for a whole day of discussions focusing on the theme: ‘Cities empower Europe’. Continue reading
At its AGM in Vienna, from 10 to 12 November 2004, EUROCITIES elected a new President and welcomed 4 new member cities: Istanbul (Turkey), Kingston-upon-Hull (UK), Poznan (Poland), and Sofia (Bulgaria).
On the occasion of EUROCITIES Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Vienna on 12 November 2004, Mr Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, was confirmed as the new President of EUROCITIES. Mr Leese takes over from Mr Wolfgang Tiefensee, Mayor of Leipzig, who has served as EUROCITIES President for the past two years.
[PHOTO: Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, who has been elected as the new President of EUROCITIES] Continue reading
Cracow, Rotterdam and Lyon have been recognised for their efforts to raise citizens’ awareness about social priorities.
Vienna, 11 November 2004 – The city of Cracow (Poland) has won the first prize in the EUROCITIES Awards 2004. The second and third prizes have been awarded to the cities of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and Lyon (France) respectively. All three cities are judged to have made significant efforts to raise public awareness about social issues, and encourage citizens to contribute towards greater social cohesion.
[PHOTO: Representatives of Rotterdam, Cracow and Lyon, the winning cities of the EUROCITIES Awards 2004, together with Dr. Rudolf Schicker from the City of Vienna (1st on left) and Wolfgang Tiefensee - President of EUROCITIES (3rd from right)] Continue reading
After the signing ceremony, ACCESS-EUROCITIES & POLIS city networks awarded the first European Road Safety Awards to a number of cities and regions who have demonstrated best practices in road safety. A jury consisting of representatives from the European Transport Safety Council, Transport for London, and the ACCESS and POLIS Brussels offices selected five winners in different categories: Comprehensive Road Safety Strategy (Aberdeen), Technological Innovation (Gent), Achievement (Krakow), Education Measures (London Borough of Bromley), and Partnerships (Hampshire). Continue reading
At the 4th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns in Aalborg (9-11 June 2004), EUROCITIES highlighted the need for practical solutions to achieve sustainable development in Europe.
Following the 4th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns, EUROCITIES remains determined to find practical solutions that will enable all European cities to take positive steps towards protecting the environment and achieving a more sustainable future. Continue reading
ACCESS – Eurocities for a New Mobility Culture will be holding its annual conference on the theme “Policy into Action – Creating the link between local actions and European mobility policy” in Barcelona, on 26-27 November 2002. Continue reading
On 16 September, European Commissioner Margot Wallström officially opened the first European Mobility Week, with the aim of promoting sustainable transport solutions for people living in cities and towns. Continue reading
On the occasion of the European Environment Awards 2004 Ceremony, which opened the Green Week event in Brussels (1 – 4 June 2004), Commissioner Wallström presented a series of awards to a number of environmental actions and projects. During this ceremony, the second edition of the European Mobility Week Award was presented to the city of Ljubljana (Slovenia). The two runners-up were the towns of Almada (Portugal) and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain). Continue reading
The next meeting of EUROCITIES East-West Committee will be hosted by Vilnius, the Capital City of Lithuania, and will be divided into two parts. First there will be a EUROCITIES Twinning Seminar including a workshop “Find your partner city”. The seminar is designed to enable the participants who are the officers responsible for international cooperation and twinning arrangements in their respective municipalities to acquire valuable knowledge and skills for promoting their cities and concluding twinning arrangements. The workshop is based on twinning partners match method aiming at assessment of the strong sides and the partnership opportunities in the participant cities. Continue reading
Local and regional authorities are invited to sign up to the European Road Safety Charter.
Every year, numerous accidents and injuries occur on our roads. Across the European Union (15 Member States), road traffic accidents are responsible for the deaths of more than 40 000 people every year, and nearly 2 million injuries. Continue reading
The EUROCITIES Conference and AGM 2004 will be hosted by the City of Vienna and will focus on the theme: “Gaining from visions – cities for a new perspective on social and economic prosperity”. Under this theme, the Conference will address the following topics: Cities and the European social model; Cities and economic prosperity; Cities and the EU institutions. Continue reading
After a successful launch event on 11 September in Brussels in the presence of European Commissioner for the Environment, Mrs Wallström, this second meeting aimed to agree on the framework for the tri-partite contracts and take the first steps on development of the contents of the pilot contracts. Continue reading
The purpose of this meeting was for the panel to consider all of the candidatures and to decide a short-list of 9 cities in total: 3 for each of the 3 Awards to be presented in Barcelona.
The Awards Committee is chaired by Robert Palmer, a freelance consultant on international projects. Continue reading