European Commission lays groundwork for EU ‘urban agenda’
The European Commission has released an issue paper on the future of cities that could serve as the foundation for a new European Union “urban agenda.” The proposed agenda, championed by European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, would help guide EU policymaking that impacts cities.
The paper is the centerpiece of the February 17-18 Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe conference in Brussels featuring the participation of mayors from 16 EU capitals. The six-page document states that an urban agenda “could be a tool to improve the quality of EU policies directly or indirectly impacting on cities.” Such a framework could help the EU set broader, overarching goals for cities and avoid fractured policymaking that can lead to discordant policies, it says.
The agenda also could help ensure that urban leaders have greater input in shaping EU policies and that the EU fully understands the needs of cities, the commission explains here.