Copenhagen Declaration: European Regions and Cities commit towards sustainable urban development

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) organized in partnership with the City of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark the Fifth European Summit of Regions and Cities under the title “The European urban fabric in the 21st century”. The Summit, that took place in Copenhagen on 22-23 March 2012, brought together over 300 mayors and presidents of regions from the 27 EU Member States with architects, urban planners and researchers in urban development.

Participants discussed issues such as the impact of the EU on urban development, the involvement of the citizens in regional and local projects and the development of innovative funding to promote green urban economy.

To demonstrate their commitment to urban sustainable development, at the end of the Summit CoR members adopted the Copenhagen Declaration that sets out clear goals to make European cities greener, more socially inclusive and more economically competitive.

Mayors and Presidents of regions asked the EU for an adequate financial support to reduce regional disparities; they also underlined the need to strengthen the role of regions and cities in piloting European policies.

The Declaration expresses also the political will of European cities and regions to make sustainable urban development a key focus at the Rio+20 Earth Summit. They ask the EU to share its best practices, such as the Covenant of Mayors and the European Green Capitals, at global level.

The key role played by cities in facing the transition towards a green economy  was underlined during the Summit by the President of the Committee of the Regions, Mercedes Bresso: “The future of Europe hinges on our towns and cities. In the face of climate change and overconsumption of natural resources, our towns and cities are in the front line for driving sustainable development”.

 

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