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‘Pact of Amsterdam’ creates urban agenda for EU

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Cities would play a larger role in European Union policymaking under a newly adopted framework dubbed the “Pact of Amsterdam.”

According to the Eurocities network of municipal leaders, the accord was launched on May 30 by the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Under this “urban agenda” for Europe, cities would have greater input in shaping EU policies and the EU would give more consideration to the impact of its directives on municipalities. The pact underscores the growing political and regulatory clout of cities that are increasingly ahead of national governments in embracing new ideas and bringing about change.

“This is our opportunity to test a new way of working in partnership with cities, member states and the EU,” Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes and Eurocities president, says here. “Our aim is to develop and implement integrated and coherent European public policies and funding,” she adds.


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