28 July, 2020
The webinar was organised in cooperation with the Czech Ministry of Regional Development and it was held on 28 July 2020, launching the EUKN ‘Thinking beyond the crisis’ series. The initiative builds upon the EUKN’s ongoing research, which explores the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on cities and the short-term solutions implemented in response to it.
The series serve as a platform to discuss solutions at the local and the national level. It specifically addresses two interconnected questions:
1. To what extent could innovative short-term solutions at the city-level inspire changes in national urban policies and become long-term national strategies?
2. How can national strategies and structures support local capacities and (new and existing) pathways towards more just, green and productive cities in a post-COVID-19 Europe?
The goal of the webinar for Czechia was to engage representatives of Czech cities and European experts in a discussion on the ‘SMART Czechia’ concept, which have been drafted by the Czech Ministry for Regional Development in response to the pandemic and its implications for local authorities. The main cross-cutting area of this concept is the idea of resilience at the level of municipalities, cities and regions, which lies in the integrated use of technological tools and innovative solutions. The concept is further based on three pillars, which represent the three pillars of sustainable development. These are: people and communities (1), local economy (2), and environment for life (3).
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