Facing and Learning from COVID-19: European and Spanish Urban Strategies for a Resilient Future

14 January, 2021


The Policy Lab jointly organised with the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda (MITMA), was held virtually on 14 January 2021. It builded upon the EUKN ‘Thinking Beyond the Crisis’series, which explores the urban impacts of and responses to the coronavirus outbreak in EUKN member countries. The webinar offered a platform to reflect on cities' opportunities to rethink their approach to the urban space in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, focusing on urban health as a holistic concept which encompasses different dimensions of everyday life.

After an informative overview of city actions and policy responses presented by Eurocities, the urban strategies put in place by the provincial deputation of Barcelona, the municipality of Torrent, the city of Paris and the city of Milan were presented. In the second part of the webinar, the more than 100 participants attending the event were divided into four breakout rooms structured along four key themes related to urban health: sustainable mobility and transport; health and urban planning; inequality and the social dimension; national urban policies. To facilitate exchanges in the thematic breakout rooms, moderators and participants made use of tailor-made online whiteboards. 

A recording of the webinar is available on YouTube.

The main reflections and recommendations co-produced during the webinar inform a final report (available below, in  English and Spanish language) extrapolating practical lessons for Spanish municipalities to adapt their action plans towards resilience, within the framework of the Spanish Urban Agenda (AUE).