The arrival of more than 1 million refugees has posed a major challenge for cities. The Urban Agenda launched by regional policy commissioner Corina Cretu is an effort to deal with it.
Free download of EUobserver's Regional Focus Magazine 2015 for subscribers.
News in Brief
- EU 'baloney' and 'pate' in Brexit jibes
- EU ministers to issue Canada trade pledge
- Report: Next EU-27 summit on 3 February
- Too many banks in EU, says central bank chief
- Germany's AfD party gets record rating
- EU must stop Airbus subsidies, says trade body
- Franco-Belgian spat over police migrant convoy
- US says UK trade deal 'impossible' for now
Number of people going by train between Denmark and Sweden dropped 12 percent since Sweden introduced anti-migrant ID controls. After 60 years of Nordic free travel, people hate the scheme.
The smart city, its supporters say, can simultaneously tackle the two challenges most cities face: population growth and climate change.
Spanish government-led policies over the years have had a devastating effect on solar and renewable energies.
Local government representatives from around Europe gathered in Barcelona to call for the EU to suspend free-trade negotiations.
Overwhelmed by refugees and let down by national governments, European cities had to step in. Now they want more funding and a seat at the table on migration policy.
The French capital, host of climate talks four weeks from now, has set ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption. But a multi-layered regional administration limits the impact of its actions.
The issue of circular economy is back on the agenda in Brussels this week, but the world's first industrial symbiosis is over forty years old.
The coal-based energy sector provides a livelihood for hundred of thousands of people in Upper Silesia and has the potential to swing elections.
The fight against climate change will be won or lost in the cities where most Europeans live, work, and most of all, use the energy produced in Europe.
Mayors from Europe and other continents have called on world leaders to adopt a “bold climate agreement” at the end of the year in Paris.
The EU capital is about to pedestrianise its city centre, but critics say the measure is not enough to combat air pollution.
Is Brussels a harbinger of the European dream of unity in diversity? What is the role of Europeans in changing the city and how should they be integrated?
- Bringing Education to Refugees in Lebanon With the Clooney Foundation for Justice
- An Industry-leading ICT Solution Provider and Building a Better World
- UN Refugees Meeting a Wasted Opportunity to Improve the Lives of Millions of Children
- Can Democracy Survive Global Disorder?
- Entrepreneurship, Proactivity, Innovation - Turn Ideas Into Action #IPS2016
- Trimming the Waste-Line: Weaving Circular Economy Principles Into Our Operations
- Don't Miss the Mega Conference to Master Crowdsourcing, Crowdfunding and Innovation! 10% Discount Code CSWEU16
- Fighting Terrorism: Do we have what it takes? 26 September, Brussels
- Karas Report on Access to Finance for SMEs in a Capital Markets Union
- "I still believe we can change Europe" Said David Grosclaude
- The Child Protection Index to be Launched in Brussels on 28 September 2016
- Digital Transformation: Unleashing Europe’s Potential
- Irish and Polish people march for abortion
- EU admits 'unrealistic' to close TTIP deal this year
- LGBT rights at stake in Georgia election
- UK to start Brexit talks early 2017, Johnson says
- Migrant smugglers mostly Turks, says Europol
- Canada woos sceptical EU left on trade deal
- EU rushing to ratify climate agreement
- EU commission seeks answers from Kroes
New rules governing how EU aid money is spent has already resulted in better thought-out projects, says the European Commission but local politicians grumble that they continue to drown in red tape.
Will English cities gain new powers from a new UK devolution settlement? That is one question following the Scottish referendum.
The energetic pro-independence campaigns in Scotland and Catalonia are an inspiration for other pro-independence movements in Europe.
Autonomy is not interesting to Russians in Latvia because it won’t solve their poverty: A report on mini-Russia inside the European Union.
Eight member states say the EU should not boost its 2014 budget by €4.7 billion to cover delayed bills for infrastructure projects in eastern Europe.
Ten years after enlargement, a Polish and a German town on the river Oder have gone through a 'miraculous' transformation.
Home to the largest financial sector in the EU, Inner London is the bloc's richest region. Luxembourg, another financial powerhouse is second, followed by the EU capital, Brussels.
Berliners are heading to the polls on Sunday in a referendum on buying back the city's power grid, in a test for local democracy.
The EU has revamped its regional aid policy leaving national programmers nervous about the more rigorous rules. Experts says they are right to be nervous.
Flats in Germany's major cities are overpriced by up to 20 percent, but the overall economy is not yet in danger from a real estate bubble, the Bundesbank has said.
As EU-backed projects go, the hydroelectric Alqueva dam in the Alentejo region of Portugal looks mighty impressive.
As more key powers are transferred to Brussels, it poses an existential question for central governments. But regions are anxious to step into the breach.