Outlook: EUKN Policy Lab on One Year Pact of Amsterdam, Utrecht, 4 July 2017


On 4 July 2017, the EUKN will organise a Policy Lab for its member The Netherlands about the first results of the Pact of Amsterdam, one year after its adoption.

The EUKN will co-organise, jointly 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 Policy Lab for the EUKN member the Netherlands is to take place on 4 July 2017 in Utrecht.

One year after the adoption of the Pact of Amsterdam on 30 May 2016, twelve thematic Partnerships composed of European cities, Member States, EU institutions and stakeholder organisations have been launched. These Partnerships work on delivering recommendations to improve regulation, funding and knowledge exchange in their specific urban policy field.

Held in Dutch and targeting Dutch urban stakeholders, the objective of the Policy Lab is 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, will tackle those key issues.  The event will be opened by the Mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, and the Dutch Urban Envoy, Nicolaas Beets.

At the Policy Lab, the EUKN will present 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 analyse the first outputs and impact of the Pact of Amsterdam, lookinto challenges and formulate recommendations to tackle them, thus contributing to the further implementation of the UAEU.This study might also be presented at the UDG Meeting on 26 September and at the DG Meeting on 24 October 2017 in Estonia.

Find more information about the Policy Lab here. You can find the programme of the Policy Lab (in Dutch) below.