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11 Jun 2015

EU ministers agree on declaration "Towards the EU Urban Agenda"

On Wednesday, 10 June 2015, the Ministers responsible for Cohesion policy, Territorial Cohesion and Urban Matters agreed on a declaration "Towards the EU Urban Agenda" at their informal meeting in Riga.

According to the Latvian Council Presidency, by whom the document had been prepared, the Declaration identifies the key elements and principles that should be taken into account in future work on development of the EU Urban Agenda during the upcoming Presidencies.

The main elements of the EU Urban Agenda covered by the Declaration are: recognition of the diversity of urban areas, focus on opportunities offered by urban areas, improvement of the urban dimension of EU policies and cooperation between urban areas.

Earlier this week, the European Commission had presented the results of a public consultation on the EU Urban Agenda in Brussels. According to the Commission, the consultation shows that Europe can help cities address common challenges and, in turn, contribute to the Commission's priorities such as e.g. the Energy Union. The consultation shows a clear demand by stakeholders for more coordination between all of the EU policies with an urban dimension.

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