100 DAYS, 100 WAYS

EU do it better with cities

Be inspired by our cities! Day by day, during the first hundred days of the new EU Commission, we present one example of how cities tackle European challenges.
Want to share an example from your city? Please send it to 100days@eurocities.eu
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EINDHOVEN

Eindhoven is working with its residents to turn around an industrial past and focus on developing jobs in the new economy.

Together for success

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TERRASSA

Behind the scenes of a city creating its future by making movies.

Lights. Camera. Action!

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BRUSSELS

Brussels Capital Region has put the environment at the heart of its 10-year vision for revitalising the economy, and is working with local businesses to make this a reality.

A city in transition

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FLORENCE

Cohesion policy brings many benefits to cities. We caught up with Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence, to hear his thoughts.

Influencing innovation across Europe

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LEEUWARDEN

By working with young people to instill new skills and create a good atmosphere, Leeuwarden is finding a new way to share its cultural secrets.

Oi, you, iepen up!

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AIX-MARSEILLE-PROVENCE

If you can't travel to work, you can't find employment. One city is exploring this and other links between mobility and the local economy.

Upward mobility

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ALMERE

Rampant water plants were causing trouble on lake Weerwater – until the city of Almere discovered that the plant fibres are a valuable raw material.

A flourishing business

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MILAN

In Milan, researchers are working to discover how sharing can become part of everyday life.

Who cares about sharing?

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STRASBOURG

This city is using funding to spark innovation by bringing businesses together with creatives.

Creative meets digital

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OULU

Creative city solutions for young people, by young people

Creating through CHAOS

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VALLADOLID

Valladolid has been working with local artists to promote their visibility in other cities and encourage a crossover of culture and ideas.

Bringing artists closer

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LISBON

Lisbon is empowering residents of the Marvila district by making their story a part of a grand narrative.

Stories of the past, stories of the future

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GOTHENBURG

High growth isn't always as straight forward as it seems, and the benefits do not always reach everyone. Long term investment requires careful planning.

Dare to listen

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MUNICH

Dialogue. Respect. Presence. How Munich encounters conflicts in public space.

The power of words

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MADRID

Although unemployment has been high in Spain since the economic crisis, Madrid is stepping up with a raft of policy measures.

Let’s get back to work

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EDINBURGH

With Brexit blurring party lines and sharpening divisions in UK politics, one thing remains clear – city leaders still want a seat at the European table.

Empty chairs at empty tables

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IZMIR

Through co-design, the local authority can be a catalyst that empowers people to bring about the change that they want to see in areas that have lost their luster.

Design for community

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ANTWERP

How do you create a whole new city district without expanding upwards or outwards? Antwerp’s urban mobility project provides an answer.

Reclaiming the city

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A SEAT AT THE TABLE

Cities can help EU policies to become more pragmatic and citizen-centred, says Anna Lisa Boni from EUROCITIES.

“We are the Pragma Party”

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MIGRATION

Cities are the main destination of migrants and refugees, yet cities are not adequately involved in shaping migration policy.

Welcoming cities

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The EU’s cohesion policy has the potential to harmonise economic development, but for cities it’s not so straightforward.

Gluing Europe together

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INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

If we are serious about a sustainable future, now is the time to invest in it.

When is growth unstable?

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CLIMATE

Frans Timmermans, new commissioner for the European Green Deal, has an ambitious climate agenda. To make it happen, he needs cities.

Part of the problem, part of the solution

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BILBAO

Bilbao's low level of car use and focus on sustainable modes of travel, including walking, make it a model of inspiration.

Walking the talk

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RIJEKA

Rijeka is all set for a year-long programme of cultural rejuvenation as European Capital of Culture 2020.

Port of diversity

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STUTTGART

Stuttgart, of all places: see how the German ‘Autostadt’ is promoting electric cargo bikes to replace cars in the city.

Pedal power for the last mile

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BOLOGNA

By experimenting with co-housing, Bologna is finding a model that benefits the city, residents and community at large, while finding a way back to its roots.

Community living in the city

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OULU

In the Finnish city of Oulu people don’t need to go to the doctor as often as elsewhere. Digital technology helps them to take care of many of their own health matters.

Power to the patients

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OSLO

Allowing migrant talent to emerge through incubation.

Go extra large

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HELSINKI

Sure, climate change is a global challenge. But who says you cannot tackle it locally? You could even start in your own street.

Start on your doorstep

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MUNICH

Too beautiful to be thrown away: the city of Munich collects well preserved goods from the garbage and sells them in a second-hand store.

Love at second sight

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LJUBLJANA

A creative space for bottom up work on urban architectural and design challenges for social and environmental responsibility.

Innovation from a shipping container

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VILNIUS

Boosting startups & community life

Balancing tech & community

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LEEDS

An interrupted bid to become the European Capital of Culture spurred Leeds on to create its own cultural investment programme.

A commitment to culture

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ESSEN

Essen and Changzhou are working together on innovation, sustainablity and elderly care.

We could grow old together

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NANTES

When people are encouraged to come forward with and test out new ideas, the city becomes a playground for innovation.

Urban playground

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DUBLIN

The first step to energy transformation is changing your mind.

Think energy

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TOULOUSE

Getting together to get cars off the road – Toulouse is trying new ways to reduce commuter traffic.

Sharing the journey

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LEEDS

High reduction targets and climate protection as a democratic process: Leeds forges ahead in fighting the climate crisis

Ask those concerned

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LILLE

Using design principles, cities can open themselves up to radical transformation from the ground up. It's all about experimentation and finding out what works.

Intelligent Design

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DRESDEN

Creative energy now flows where electricity used to be produced: Dresden’s arts centre Kraftwerk Mitte.

Creative powerhouse

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SHEFFIELD

“He came, he was so isolated. He had anxiety; he was so stressed. He was an asylum seeker. He was lost, he didn’t think he could do anything.”

No one has no skills

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SOCIAL INCLUSION

With inequality evident, especially in our cities, how do we achieve social convergence in Europe?

Breaking free of poverty

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CULTURE

Culture has found its place back in the title of one of our commissioners - is it still a factor for all of them?

Culture is back

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MOBILITY

Cities suffer from air pollution, traffic jams and accidents. A new sustainable urban mobility is needed.

A future without cars?

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A SEAT AT THE TABLE

Europe's success depends on its cities, where most people live. The new EU Commission must therefore strengthen the urban dimension in European policies.

EU do it better with cities

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GRENOBLE

Could there be another solution to the energy crisis? What if the answer is right under our feet?

Pumping heat

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BORDEAUX

What happens when residents pull the plug on enlightened policy?

Public discontent

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AMSTERDAM

Could video-games be the key to changing young people’s energy behaviour? We interviewed a game developer behind Age of Energy to find out.

The world is over. Time to save it.

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PARIS

What would happen if cities let rain run its course? Paris is becoming a permeable city and with rain, other positive effects have trickled in.

Let it rain

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

141 years after the first electric street lights, welcome to the smart street.

Once upon a Tyne

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VIENNA

Sharing economy services like Airbnb are much in vogue. Yet, for city administrations, the picture is more mixed.

Home sweet home

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MADRID

From elderly care, to transsexual hairdressers, to marathon support, Madrid's 15,000 strong team of volunteers work with the municipality to make their city a better place.

Madrid's best team

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RENNES

A permanent construction site and a space for experimentation and creativity: the “Hôtel Pasteur”, an old science faculty building in the city of Rennes, is re-designed by citizens.

Hotel for good ideas

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FRANKFURT

Old age can be the most fulfilling part of your life - and cities are using film to make that possibility a realty.

Silver hair on the silver screen

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DUSSELDORF

One-stop agency for the creative sector

Better call KomKuK

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BRIGHTON & HOVE

Brighton & Hove is putting young people and creativity front and centre in its plans for economic and social reform.

Our future city

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VILNIUS

Using open data and neuroanalytics to strengthen cultural heritage.

Smile: You're on camera

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ROTTERDAM

Roof gardens make better air in the city and attract bees and butterflies – as well as human nature lovers.

Up on the roof

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BRISTOL

Smart and connected washing machines help Bristol residents out of poverty – and the city to reduce its carbon footprint.

Making tech our friend

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UTRECHT

When cycling is the most popular method of getting around, it promotes healthy urban living.

A path to wheel urban development

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STRASBOURG

All major cities have vacant housing and people looking for homes. To make these two problems solve each other, you have to go to the source.

Making a house a home

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ZARAGOZA

The spaces, objects and places around us shape our experience of the city – which is why ensuring equal access to public services is vital!

The city is for me

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LJUBLJANA

How a 1970s hit became the unlikely anthem of a city turning its waste system around.

Rubbish bin blues

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GHENT

Ghent has won an UN Climate Action Award for the way the Belgian city puts food on the table. These are the ingredients of Ghent’s food policy.

Saving the world with tomatoes

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CITIZEN DATA

The digital transformation is increasingly impacting our daily lives – but what rights should private or state entities have over the data produced by people?

My data, my rights

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CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The circular economy is set to become a key component of the European Green Deal, and many cities are already leading the way.

Rethink, reuse and repair

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CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

Cities can bridge the gap between European and national leaders and their citizens. As the closest level of government to people, cities are already experimenting with new types of democracy.

The missing link