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2014 will open with the organization of the CITIES FORUM in Brussels, aimed at stimulating the debate at the European level about the necessity of a renewed EU urban agenda (report titled Cities of Tomorrow). In fact, after the expression of interest by EU Members States and the European Commission to take steps to draw up an urban agenda for the EU, the debate to be held in Brussels represents an important arena to observe expectations and critical positions. The debate will mainly focus on three basic questions: do we need an urban agenda? What should it be about? How could it be implemented?

Drawing from the results of the CITIES forum, the roundtable organized by EURA in collaboration with AESOP, will propose a critical discussion on the relevance of a new urban agenda for European cities. We will also consider the experience with former urban initiatives (The Urban Dimension of Cohesion Policy 2007 – 2013; The Urban Agenda of 1997; The Urban Dimension of Enlargement). The roundtable will be organized by Karsten Zimmermann, president of EURA and Valeria Fedeli, Politecnico di Milano, member of EURA Board.

Invited from EURA:

ROBIN HAMBLETON, University of the West of England, Bristol

IVÁN TOSICS, director at Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest