The European Committee of the Regions is organising a Forum on the EU Urban Agenda
in the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam on Monday the 30th of May 2016
. The event will be organised together with the Association of Netherlands Municipalities, the Association of the Provinces of the Netherlands, the City of Amsterdam and the Province of Noord-Holland.
Towns, cities and urban areas are of crucial importance for the European Union. They are powerful engines for growth and jobs and as such make a significant contribution towards achieving both the Europe 2020 Strategy and the economic, social and territorial development of the EU. However, at the same time they are confronted with difficult and complex societal challenges, such as demographic shifts, climate change and youth unemployment as well as the current refugee crisis. To be successful, towns and cities need to respond to these challenges in an integrated way, in cooperation with other levels of administration, the private sector and civil society. It is also important that the urban dimension is recognised at all levels of policy making and governance and that all policies with an urban dimension are effectively coordinated.
The Forum on the EU Urban Agenda will bring together representatives of local and regional authorities, EU institutions, Member States and relevant stakeholders. They will discuss the concrete steps that are needed to implement the EU Urban Agenda and to improve the urban dimension in EU policy making. The Forum will be held back to back to the informal meeting of Ministers responsible for urban matters, where the envisaged “Pact of Amsterdam” on the EU Urban Agenda is expected to be adopted.