8th European Conference of Danube Cities and Regions – Vienna, 26th June 2014

DSC_0100The meeting of the extended Executive Committee and Office of the Council of Danube Cities and Regions (CODCR) was held on Thursday, June 26th 2014 at Vienna City Hall, “Wappensaal”.

The thematic chosen for this meeting was Perspectives of Urban Policies in the Danube Region”and the speeches delivered addressed this issue from the perspective of establishing an Urban Platform for the Danube Region. Special guests and speakers at the event included Michael Haupl – Mayor of Vienna, Ivo Gonner – Mayor of Ulm and president of CODCR, Sorin Oprescu – General Mayor of Bucharest, Yordanka Fandakova -Mayor of Sofia, Jose Palma Andres – director of the European Commission DG-Regio, Nicolae Barbu – Mayor of Giurgiu, Peter Langer – general coordinator of the CODCR, Eric Bartha – general secretary of CODCR, along with other European officials. Read more…

3rd Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region – Vienna, 26-17 June 2014

DSC_0359This year Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, that took place on 26 and 27 June 2014 and was jointly organised by the European Commission, City of Vienna and the Federal Ministry of Austria, welcomed in the opening day more than 1,000 national and international participants from science, business, politics, administration and non-profit organizations at the Vienna City Hall.

The Forum, which this year was carried out under the motto “We grow together – together we grow”, had as general focus the revision of the Danube Strategy governance system and the competitiveness increase in the region, social inclusion being regarded as a prerequisite for ensuring prosperity and it was regarded as the most important event of the year within the EU Danube Region Strategy. Read more…

Cities of Tomorrow – Investing in Future – Brussels 17-18 February 2014
The Mayor General of Bucharest, Mr Sorin Oprescu, was head of the delegation that represented Bucharest at the Forum organised in Brussels by the DG Regio, “CiTIEs: Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Future”, where were present mayors of all the European capital cities. Part of the delegation, the Secretary General of CODCR, Mr. Eric Bartha, organised during this event a high-level meeting between Mayor Oprescu and Mrs. Y Fandakova, General Mayor of Sofia, in the framework of the economic and cultural cooperation between the two capital cities.
The forum contributed to a strengthened profile of the urban dimension within EU Policies and wanted to emphasize the importance of investments in urban areas and cities as agents for delivering EU policy objectives. During the forum, key urban stakeholders from across Europe were consulted on the need for an EU Urban Agenda, what it should contain and how it should be implemented. Participants at the forum also discussed Europe’s role in global urban development as well as the role of business in the development of our cities. Read more[…]