اشتغلت الأسبوع الأوروبي للمناطق والمدن is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement the cohesion policy foreseen by the Union and prove the importance of good governance in Europe both at the local and regional level. This year it took place in Brussels from October 7th to 10th and proved once again to be a must-join event for all stakeholders involved in local development and cooperation.

As ALDA, this edition has been particularly remarkable, since we were directly involved in the workshop titled “Let’s Unite! Reconciling Europe with its citizens to build a more democratic and closer Europe”. The session was moderated by ALDA Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida, while our colleague Sofia Caiolo, project manager, presented relevant projects related to the social aspect of urban living in Europe, inclusion and integration, namely CRISCO, URGENT and Cross-Over projects. While the latter was aimed at increasing citizens’ participation to the European Parliament Elections, CRISCO and URGENT focused on increasing participation and reduce Euroscepticism by improving social inclusion with the support of local municipalities’ initiatives and the regeneration of urban public spaces. The workshop also included experiences of beneficiaries from Europe for Citizens and Horizon 2020 Programme, with representatives from TIPS4EU (Tools for an Inclusive Sustainable Participative European Union) and Urban Lab.
All in all, “the livability of modern cities – as stated Sofia Caiolo – depends on their capacity to deal with cultural integration and social engagement”, reason why an active involvement and commitment of academia, civil society and local authorities are fundamental for the achievement of a more cohese and democratic Europe.

اشتغلت الأسبوع الأوروبي للمناطق والمدن is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement the cohesion policy foreseen by the Union and prove the importance of good governance in Europe both at the local and regional level. This year it took place in Brussels from October 7th to 10th and proved once again to be a must-join event for all stakeholders involved in local development and cooperation.

As ALDA, this edition has been particularly remarkable, since we were directly involved in the workshop titled “Let’s Unite! Reconciling Europe with its citizens to build a more democratic and closer Europe”. The session was moderated by ALDA Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida, while our colleague Sofia Caiolo, project manager, presented relevant projects related to the social aspect of urban living in Europe, inclusion and integration, namely CRISCO, URGENT and Cross-Over projects. While the latter was aimed at increasing citizens’ participation to the European Parliament Elections, CRISCO and URGENT focused on increasing participation and reduce Euroscepticism by improving social inclusion with the support of local municipalities’ initiatives and the regeneration of urban public spaces. The workshop also included experiences of beneficiaries from Europe for Citizens and Horizon 2020 Programme, with representatives from TIPS4EU (Tools for an Inclusive Sustainable Participative European Union) and Urban Lab.
All in all, “the livability of modern cities – as stated Sofia Caiolo – depends on their capacity to deal with cultural integration and social engagement”, reason why an active involvement and commitment of academia, civil society and local authorities are fundamental for the achievement of a more cohese and democratic Europe.