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CITIES of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe

urban2014More than two thirds of EU citizens live in urban areas ‘“ but does policy making in the EU reflect the realities of today’s Europe? The EC DG Regional and Urban Policy organised an event to debate with key actors and participants around this major challenge.

The event contributed to a strengthened profile of the urban dimension within EU Policies and emphasized the importance of investments in urban areas and cities as agents for delivering EU policy objectives. Key urban stakeholders across Europe discussed on the need for an EU Urban Agenda, what it should contain and how it should be implemented. The forum also discussed Europe’ s role in global urban development as well as the role of business in the development of our cities.

To focus the discussions EC DG Regional and Urban Policy has developed an Issues Paper as well as a background annex. The paper sets the context and the scope of the debate and also introduces a set of questions for debate, i.e. the why?, what? and how? of an EU urban agenda.

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