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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BOLOGNA

The culture sector has been hit hard, but it has also shown just how invaluable it is

Culture and covid

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REYKJAVIK

Reykjavik's decade long experiment in e-democracy, is a model for a new kind of democracy.

Listen to the people

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UPPSALA

A sustainable mobility is good for the climate – and can also fight poverty. Says Uppsala's mayor Erik Pelling.

The social dimension of cycling

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PRAGUE

At the heart of Prague's new transport policy is a more integrated, energy efficient and environmentally friendly public transport system.

CARbon free

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VANTAA

Vantaas' goal to be climate neutral by 2030 keeps in mind the well being of its citizens.

People power for climate

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CHEMNITZ

How do you inspire creative entrepreneurship and revitalise empty buildings? Launch a competition offering free premises in return for good ideas. Job done!

Space to grow

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WARSAW

Warsaw's mayor, Rafał Trzaskowski, is fighting to ensure cities have the resources they need to improve the lives of citizens.

A fair chance for all cities

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BRAGA

Braga's Human Power Hub is working with citizens to create entrepreneurial initiatives with a social impact.

Citizens make the city

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LYON

We all see our cities in different ways, but we wouldn't see them at all without light. That's why one city is painting its nocturnal aesthetic with a careful, integrated approach.

Let there be light

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GHENT

Ghent is stepping up in its ambitions to become carbon neutral by 2050, and its mayor believes others should take note.

A will and a way

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PORTO

Porto has a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, but thinking green requires a strong vision of the future.

My future city 2030

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WARSAW

Ensuring that all residents are able to experience a barrier free lifestyle is at the heart of Warsaw's plans for the spatial and social development of the city.

Access all areas

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RIGA

Our cities are alive with the sound of... cars. From sound barriers to silent tyres, we learn how Riga is turning down the volume.

Noise engin-ear

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BRNO

An interview with Radek Kronovet, the head of Brno’s air protection department.

Time to breathe

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BERLIN

Berlin is taking action to ensure that newly arrived Roma, and every resident, has the right and possibility to actively participate in society.

No place like home

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ROTTERDAM

How one city is turning disadvantaged unemployed citizens into a thriving, motivated workforce through social clauses in public procurement.

Purchasing power

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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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COVID-19

In the corona crisis, big cities across Europe are collaborating cross borders.

Mayors call for European solidarity

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DAY 100

On day 100 of our campaign, and day 100 of the new European Commission, we share a key message.

'Get things done with cities'

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BIRMINGHAM

Their country left the European Union, but the British city of Birmingham wants to stay part of the European family: as a “SyncroniCity”.

“We will remain a European city”

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MALAGA

From transit point to dynamic destination: see how far one European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020 has travelled to meet visitors' - and citizens' - expectations.

Where sun, sea and vision meet

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ANTWERP

How a unique museum of personal migration stories from the past and the present is helping a city of 170 nationalities build a sense of belonging.

In the footsteps of migrants

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LAUSANNE

Needs are always changing, so how can a city be sure that it satisfies its residents? What about giving them the reigns?

Over to you

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LJUBLJANA

How do you make sure that your city has spaces and programmes that work for young people? Ask young people to help!

Young Dragons co-create the city beat

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ANGERS

Planting urban trees to boost climate action and citizen wellbeing is a growing trend, but what does it take to get it right? France's greenest city, Angers, shows how it should be done.

Branching out

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LODZ

Urban renewal is bringing life and jobs back to the centre of Lodz, a one time industrial city.

A breath of new life

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TAMPERE

How do you tap into globalisation to strengthen your local economy? If you want to be an international force, you need to have an international workforce.

The movement for movement

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BERGEN

Not sure if a cargo bike could work for you? Test it out in Bergen.

Bergen test rides the future

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ESPOO

Why thinking big, telling a good story and daring to be different are putting Espoo on the fast track to a sustainable future.

Digital dynamo

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COLOGNE

How the City of Cologne informs, mobilises and protects against sexual violence.

EDELGARD – Patron Saint for Women and Girls

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SOFIA

Migration is an ancient part of Bulgaria's culture, so how does its capital use deisgn thinking to ensure that this remains a point of strength, not division?

Sandboxing migration

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REIMS

The fast food industry has been slow to take action against plastic waste but now cities are helping big brands make amends. And Reims is lovin' it!

Sorting it out!

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TURKU

Turku is bringing digital to its citizens in every avenue of city life.

Do it digital

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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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COVID-19

The pandemic is hitting cities hard. They are responding with bold and innovative action.

Cities fight the corona crisis

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ZAGREB

How does Zagreb keep in mind that everyone's mobility matters? It listens and learns from local NGOs and involves every group in society.

On the right track

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SKOPJE

Cities are full of hidden histories - what if 3D technology could be used to bring those histories to life again?

Three dimensions of a city

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GRENOBLE

Nature and biodiversity are important issues, but how do you show people the part that they play in our lives?

Snake hunt

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KUNGSBACKA

The future is digital, and children must be prepared. But going digital means a lot more than putting a computer in the classroom.

Digital classrooms

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POZNAN

Poznan's plan to tackle homelessness comes hand in hand with an open attitude where the city should belong to everyone.

Always with dignity

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FLORENCE

How does Florence get people to be interested in participating at EU level?

No Europe without citizens

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ATHENS

Mobility is a subject that touches everyone, and Athens is using the area as a platform on which to display wider change.

A glorious future

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THESSALONIKI

How do you get car drivers and cyclists to agree about city mobility solutions? Take them on a journey together says Thessaloniki!

Cycling towards resilience

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BUDAPEST

Elected only a few months ago, Budapest's new mayor, Gergely Karácsony, has been working with allies to stand up for cities in Europe.

Fighting illiberalism

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WROCLAW

After a terrible flood cost many lives, and over half a billion in damages, one city has tamed its river and turned it into a source of life and prosperity.

Bankable rivers

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BARCELONA

How one pollution-plagued city is getting rid of cars and filling the streets with fun, families and fresh air.

Reclaiming the streets

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TALLINN

Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart of Tallinn shares his take on tackling poverty

One against poverty, one for climate!

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TWENTE

Twente works in close cooperation with other cities nearby to localise global agendas and achieve regional goals.

A networked city

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BURGAS

This seaside town has vaulted forward, using technology to give a new face to tradition.

Street smart

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MALMO

Malmo’s target is based on a tailored approach to education, ensuring each child has the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to lead an active and independent life.

Every student’s best school

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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 ago, electric street lighting represented the pinnacle of technological development. Today so much more is possible.

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