The preparation for the incoming German Presidency of the Council of the EU has started

On 1 October 2018, the EUKN organised the first international meeting of a series of six meetings as part of the project “Possibilities and strategies of the German EU Council Presidency 2020”. The meeting gathered representatives of the German Federal Ministry for Building, Housing and Community and of German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development, the two Commissioners of this project, as well as the German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development and the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg.

The meeting was a starting point for the discussion process on the further development of the Leipzig Charter in the run-up to the German EU Presidency in 2020, with the overall objective of reaching a common understanding of the political and strategic orientation of a revised Leipzig Charter.

The first half of the meeting was dedicated to the presentation of the 2007 “Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities” as well as the current milestones in European urban policy and their implication for the next German EU Presidency with specific focus on the Urban Agenda for the EU and the post 2020 Cohesion Policy. The second half of the meeting allowed for discussions on the possible aspects of a new Leipzig Charter using a “World Café” method. This informal setting fostered the exchange of insights among participants on specific questions, such as:

  • How has the UAEU contributed to integrated urban development as proposed by the Leipzig Charter?
  • How could the UAEU be improved to ensure the implementation of the principles of the Leipzig Charter?
  • What principles should the new Leipzig Charter emphasise to better implement the UAEU?
  • What strategic linkages do you see between the new Cohesion Policy (post 2020) and the revised Leipzig Charter?

Building on these discussions, participants will meet again on 31 October 2018 in Berlin to further prepare the German Presidency in 2020.