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The City Council, present at the European Week of the Regions (09/10/2019)

The Councilor for Urban Agenda and Open Government, Mercedes Bernabé, has participated in the European Week of the Regions 2019, an event attended by more than 9,000 people.

This is an annual meeting on the capacity of cities and regions to create growth and employment, implement the European Union's social cohesion policy and demonstrate the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.

Thus, the mayor has focused her visit on knowing how the European Union will support sustainable urban development within the framework of cohesion policy 2020-2027, a session organized by the UDN (Urban Development Network), the network created by the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission.

Specifically, Murcia participates in this network with various structuring projects included in its 2020 City Strategy, among which are the DUSI Murcia Strategy, the Urban DNA methodology for the revitalization of neighborhoods, and the URBACT Inyeractive cities and Urbact Innovator projects.

“In this session we have learned the keys to where European financing will go in the coming years.

Murcia is one of the cities with the largest implementation of ERDF Funds at European level, as we are recognized and proud of.

But in parallel to the implementation of the funds obtained, it is time to think about the next financing period preparing us to request new funds within the framework of our Murcia 2030 city strategy and the implementation of the Urban Agenda in Murcia ”, explains Councilwoman Mercedes Bernabé.

Another session he has attended has been about Circular Economy as a Strategy for cities and regions.

"On this occasion we have known good practices from other cities in Europe that can be integrated into our circular economy strategy, whose diagnostic phase has just begun," said the mayor.

In this regard, the councilor recalls that "this month will open the participatory process for the development of the strategy implementation plan, where all entities that want to contribute ideas can participate."

Likewise, all contributions collected at European level for study and evaluation will be presented on the work table

“We have shared experiences previously recognized at European level as good practices.

Here we have shown our experience of multilevel governance, established within the framework of the 2030 Urban Agenda, of which Murcia is a pioneer at national and European level, ”he concludes.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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