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Following the lead of the upcoming Dutch EU Presidency, the European urban policy community is actively working on the preparation of an Urban Agenda. The aim is to promote cooperation between European, national and city level representatives and stakeholders so as to stimulate growth, liveability and innovation


ECO Workshop "Partnership – the key to successful urban development" during the CoR OPEN DAYS 2015, moderated by Mr van Iersel, ECO president.


This workshop will look at the cases of Glasgow and Vilnius. The objective of the workshop is to examine the potential opportunities and challenges faced by the cities and how these are determined by their location.


Following the Baltic, Danube and Adriatic Ionian Regions, the Alpine area is the fourth to develop its macro-regional strategy. With the collaboration of seven countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) and the European Commission, three specific pillars have been identified as a basis for future cooperation. These focus on sustainable growth and promoting innovation, connectivity and sustainability of natural and cultural resources.

Plenary session: 
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Oct 06, 2015 Oct 08, 2015

Following the Baltic, Danube and Adriatic Ionian Regions, the Alpine space was the fourth to adopt its macro-regional strategy on 28 July 2015. The EESC welcomes the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region and sees it as an element of value added for the Alpine area as well as a driver for development that can nurture the competitiveness and cohesion of Europe as a whole.

EESC opinion: EU Strategy on the Alpine Region