The EUKN at the European Week of Regions and Cities
The EUKN Secretariat participated in inspiring sessions held during the European Week of Regions and Cities form 8 to 11 October in Brussels. Further, in the article, you may read the summaries of several sessions the EUKN visited during the events:
Global linkages and territorial imbalances in Europe and beyond
Announcement winners Urban Innovative Actions & Update on Urban Agenda for the EU
The future of cities: Opportunities and risks of the global urbanization
Global linkages and territorial imbalances in Europe and beyond – 9 October 2018
Organisers: DG REGIO and Regional Study Association
The session dealt with long-term trends in regional convergence in Europe and across its major global compares. Discussions aimed at explaining the reasons why different levels of prosperity may persist in the long run and how regions and cities can catch-up through improving their global connectivity and leveraging international flows of capital, skills, and knowledge. Speakers highlighted drivers of convergence such as specialised local knowledge and capabilities of localities - and divergence: middle-income trap, innovation spatially concentrated, competitive cities and regions creating few knowledge spill-overs. The session also pointed out how changes in capital flows affect national and regional levels. Another lesson learned is that global connectivity is an extra boost for local/regional development strategies, but the type of investments (and firm strategies) need to match the local environments.
Announcement winners Urban Innovative Actions & Update on Urban Agenda for the EU – 10 October 2018
Organisers: DG REGIO, EUROCITIES, and Hauts de France Region.
Participants to this workshop got to hear how cities are testing new ways to tackle local challenges by changing the way policies are designed and implemented at the urban and the European level. To understand what results in the Urban Agenda for the EU is delivering, some concrete actions of the Urban Agenda partnerships were exposed which help cities address different urban challenges. During the session, the Urban Agenda was highlighted as an innovative intergovernmental process which is not yet an agenda of the EU. Some bottlenecks were outlined: ensure the impact of the partnerships’ conclusions on EU legislation, partnerships funding, and sustainability for post-2020 period, as well as securing the urban dimension of the UAEU without much interference by the European Commission.
During the session, winners of the third call of the Urban Innovative Actions were announced as well as the launch for the next call for proposal.
The future of cities: Opportunities and risks of the global urbanization – 11 October 2018
Organisers: ECoR – Directorate C for Legislative Work
This workshop presented global trends and the challenges and risks of global urbanization. The participants obtained insight into and hear analysis of future strategic developments in Europe and beyond, with regard to the rising phenomenon of urbanization. This involves addressing a new concept of citizenship and governance in megacities and metropolitan regions. The workshop aimed to: a) discuss the state of implementation of the new Urban Agenda and the Urban Agenda for the EU, b) offer a unique platform enabling participants to become more familiar with key challenges on the horizon that are of particular interest to local and regional authorities, c) focus on how to build more resilient and more sustainable cities regarding the demographic trends and new constraints relating to climate and environmental issues, d) better understand why Megacities matter and how these cities must adapt and innovate to meet the challenges residents face.