Eurocities BCN

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On the 3rd of April, it will be held Eurocities event in Barcelona, at 22@Barcelona district, in the Barcelona Activa building, where Jordi Cirera, the iCity Project Coordinator, has been invited to present the iCity Project to near 30 cities interested on it.

The origins of Eurocities can be traced back to 1986, when a conference organised in Rotterdam on ‘the city, the engine behind economic recovery’ brought together representatives from 11 big cities alongside academics and industrialists. Followed three years later by another major conference in Barcelona in 1989, this signalled the emergence of a core group of six ‘second’ cities which were instrumental in establishing the network: Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan and Rotterdam.

The group of cities was driven forward by a three key factors: a clear urban focus; sharp political thinking; and existing relationships with the European Community institutions. The commitment of the cities to promoting an integrated urban model in Europe led them to set up ad hoc working groups on economic and social themes, and a third conference in Lyon in 1990.

Today, they bring together the local governments of over 130 of Europe's largest cities and 40 partner cities that between them govern 130 million citizens across 35 countries.

Through six thematic forums, a wide range of working groups, projects, activities and events, they offer members a platform for sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas.

Eurocities objective is to reinforce the important role that local governments should play in a multilevel governance structure. 

Date: 
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 08:30 to Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:30