EUROCITIES will hold its second mayors summit next 20-21 March 2019 in Brussels to launch our political manifesto ahead of the European elections and to present the results of our cities’ work in bridging the gap between Europe and its citizens.
At a time when Europe is striving to retain its legitimacy and relevance, cities can provide a critical link with people. The mismatch between citizens' expectations and what can be done to tackle our most pressing challenges is causing an increasing distance between political institutions and the public.
With our 'Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens' campaign, cities are now leading the way towards the creation of societies where people come first and where trust between people and public authorities is strengthened.
As mayors and city leaders from across Europe we are committed to being strategic partners to the EU institutions and working towards a more positive future for Europe and its people.
That is why the summit will be the opportunity to launch our political manifesto ahead of the European elections in May: ‘The city leaders’ agenda for the EU’.
Registrations are open for EUROCITIES members through this link. Public registrations for the 20 March are open here.
For more information please contact Nicolas Vatthauer.
- DRAFT PROGRAMME
Wednesday 20 March 2019 – Vaudeville Theatre, galerie de la Reine 13, 1000 Brussels
· 18:30-20:00 The city - a women's place
o Anna König Jerlmyr, president of EUROCITIES and mayor of Stockholm
o Ada Colau, mayor of Barcelona
o Judith Blake, leader of Leeds city council
o Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman
· Scheduled responses from:
o Rafal Trzaskowski, mayor of Warsaw
o Laura Sullivan, Director of We Move EU and founding member of WeBrussels
o Asher Craig, deputy mayor of Bristol
o Lauren Ross, EUROCITIES young ambassador (tbc)
- 20.00-22.00: Cocktail reception
Thursday 21 March 2019 – Committee of the Regions bâtiment Jacques Delors, rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels (on invitation only)
· 08:30- 09.00 Registration and coffee
· 09:00- 09.15 Setting the scene – welcome and introduction
o Welcome by Anna König Jerlmyr, EUROCITIES president and mayor of Stockholm
· 09:15- 10.45 A new democracy in Europe? Citizen engagement
o Cities4Europe and citizens panels results – Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes
o Addresses by:
§ High level member state representative
§ Jan Olbrycht, president EP Urban Intergroup
§ Karl-Heinz Lambertz, president Committee of the Regions
§ Jyrki Katainen, vice president European Commission
Scheduled responses from citizens and mayors representing the citizen panels initiative.
- 10:45- 11:15 coffee break
- 11:15-13:00 A new democracy in Europe - now what?
· 10:45- 11:15: coffee break
· 11:15-13:00 A new democracy in Europe - now what?
o Official presentation of the EUROCITIES manifesto by Anna König Jerlmyr
o Debate with European institutions including:
§ Leading candidates from the main European political groups
§ European Commission
§ Debate with EUROCITIES mayors
· 13:00-13:15: Conclusions and closing
o Dario Nardella, EUROCITIES vice-president and mayor of Florence