From 1 January to 30 June 2011, Hunagry holds the six-month rotating Presidency of the European Union. Hunagry is in close coordination with EU Presidency of Spain (January-June 2010) and Belgium (July-December 2010). The Hungarian EU Presidency wishes to contribute to European urban policy by focusing on two themes: the two global trends of climate change and demographic change.
Within the framework of the Hungarian EU Presidency a synthesis report The impact of European demographic trends on regional and regional development has been issued. In light of the report, the EUKN organized a Conference on Effects of demographic change on urban structures in Budapest (September 2011). As some European cities face the challenge of depopulation and demolition of empty houses and neighborhoods, while in other cities the rapid immigration causes social tension. What do urban planners say? The Conference was an accompanying event for the Director General meeting on urban development. Read the conference report.