URBACT Cities: Stepping Up

July 27th, 2011

In URBACT’s summer newsletter, Jean-Loup Drubigny, Secretariat Head, writes:

“In a number of European countries, summer holidays began in a context of financial austerity. By choice or by imposition, the majority of local authorities are now also tightening the belt. And this is occurring, no matter the national economic situation, in countries where the economy is running at full steam and where unemployment has never been lower just as it is in those where the economy is stagnating and unemployment exploding….”

“The major financial battles leave little room for cities, even though they are major players in innovation, growth and the fight against the effects of climate change. And they play a major role in social integration…. However, from my small perspective—that of URBACT partner cities— I can bear witness to the impressive results stemming from a synergy among local players and various levels of government, including in cities that economists have declared as definitively “out of the market”…

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Source: Editorial of the URBACT Newsletter, no. 18 (July 2011).

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