EUKN Policy Lab in Utrecht: One year after the Pact of Amsterdam
On 4 July 2017, the EUKN organised a Policy Lab for its member The Netherlands about the first results of the Pact of Amsterdam, one year after its adoption.
Now that more then two thirds of Europeans live in cities and urban areas, the relevance of multi-level and multi-stakeholder approach in urban policy decision-making just became higher. In the first half of 2016 during the Dutch Presidency of the EU, the Pact of Amsterdam was adopted by EU ministers of the Interior. The pact confirms that European cities will focus more on the creation of EU legislation, EU funding and knowledge sharing. One year after the adoption, twelve thematic Partnerships composed of European cities, Member States, EU institutions and stakeholder organisations have been launched and vouched to improve regulation, funding and knowledge exchange in their specific urban policy field.
The EUKN co-organised together with the Dutch knowledge organisation Platform31 a Policy Lab on the first results of the Pact of Amsterdam, which established the Urban Agenda for the EU (UAEU).
The objective of the Policy Lab was to highlight the first results of the Pact of Amsterdam while discussing the Netherlands’ strategy to leverage the UAEU so as to foster the position of cities in EU policy-making. Panel discussions, gathering participants to the pilot UAEU Partnerships from Dutch cities and Ministries as well as a representative from the European Commission, tackled those key issues. The event was opened by the Mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, and the Dutch Urban Envoy, Nicolaas Beets. The EUKN presented the key findings of its study “One Year Pact of Amsterdam” commissioned by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands. This research will be soon published and analyses the first outputs and impact of the Pact of Amsterdam, look into challenges and formulate recommendations to tackle them, thus contributing to the further implementation of the UA.