Stockholm - a real inspiration for policy-makers and city-marketers :)

"Brusselization:"

-  ”the indiscriminate and careless introduction of modern high-rise buildings into gentrified neighbourhoods”; “haphazard urban development and redevelopment” (Source)

A few photos from a trip to Ghent!

Today, on 7th October, I attended OPEN DAYS 2014 - European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels. This year’s Open Days 2014 are held under the slogan "Growing together - Smart investment for people" and consist of different workshops by different organisers, ceremonies and info & networking sessions - adressing several connected themes:

  • Connecting regional strategies: smart specialisation, digital agenda, SME support, low-carbon economy (supported by the ERDF), training and social inclusion (supported by the ESF),boosting innovation, creativity and modernization across the European industrial sector, social inclusion (supported by the ESF); urban dimension.
  • Building capacity: exchange of good practices and instruments in programme management (financial engineering, public procurement procedures, performance and impact evaluation with a stronger emphasis on transparency standards, partnership arrangements).
  • Territorial cooperation: the new generation of pan-European programmes (INTERREG, URBACT, ESPON, INTERACT); international cooperation.

I attended two workshops:

  • Building stakeholder capacity in Europe’s cities, organised by URBACT, DG REGIO and Urban
    This URBACT workshop focused on practical tools for supporting city stakeholders. It included the voices of varied stakeholders, with experience of URBACT’s capacity building activities. We heard about stakeholder capacity needs, the support provided and how the lessons have been applied in selected cities (Athens, Copenhagen, Gdynia). 
  • Challenging shrinkage: demographic change and sustainable infrastructures in Central Europe, organised by  ADAPT2DC
    The workshop presented the main findings from the INTERREG ADAPT2DC project, including some results from the pilot actions and some of the policy recommendations. As examples, the fields of health care (Czech rep.), child care (Hungary) and transport infrastructure (Germany) have been presented.

At workshops I have:

  • heard the problems mayors and public authorities are dealing with,
  • got the impression how cities’ representatives think and work,
  • experienced security checks, safety procedures and Eurocrats’ life,
  • attended probably the biggest conference in my life.

And tomorrow … field trip to Ghent!