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14.30 Welcome address and introduction

  • Joost van Iersel, President of the ECO Section, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Keynote speaker:

  • Nicolaas Beets, Dutch Urban Envoy, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Netherlands


14.45 The role of civil society organisations in the EU urban agenda

Kick-off statement: Ivan Tosics, Principal, Metropolitan Research Institute

  • Lambert van Nistelrooij, Vice-President of URBAN Intergroup, European Parliament
  • Olivier Baudelet, Team leader in charge of urban policy, DG REGIO – European Commission
  • Bas Verkerk, Rapporteur of the opinion "Towards an Integrated Urban Agenda for the EU", Committee of the Regions
  • Barbara Steenbergen, Head of office, International Union of Tenants, member of EESC Liaison Group

Moderator: Joost van Iersel, President of the ECO Section, EESC



16.00 The implementation of a partnership-based EU urban agenda

Kick-off statement: Peter Ramsden, Pole Manager, URBACT

  • Alberto Marchiori, Delegate for EU Policies, Confcommercio, Italy
  • Claude Denagtergal, Advisor, European Trade Union Confederation
  • Jan Olsson, Co-President, Reves – European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy, delegate to the EESC's Consultative Commission on Industrial Change
  • Christian Saublens, former Director, Eurada
  • Levente Polyak, Managing Director, Eutropian

Moderator: Stefano Palmieri, President of Study Group "Future of the EU Urban Agenda", EESC



17.30 Conclusions

  • Roman Haken, Rapporteur of the opinion "Future of the EU Urban Agenda", EESC


18.00 Small reception


Interpretation from ES/CS/EN/FR/IT/RO to CS/EN/FR/IT/RO