COUNCIL OF EUORPE: SUSTAINABLE, SYMPATHETIC CITIES AT THE CITIZENS’ SERVICE

"The role of the cities is and will be increasingly important" in the global age and in the light of the current changes in populations. Hence the need to implement "public measures and policies" for "a Europe, in which cities will be sustainable, sympathetic and at the citizens’ service". Myriam Constantin, member of the Congress of local and regional powers of the Council of Europe, explains the meaning of the "European Urban Charter II: a manifesto for a new urbanity", approved by the Congress gathered in Strasbourg. "Such manifesto is an ambitious message for the local elected representatives, the citizens and anyone involved in urban development". The new Charter adds up to the one of 1992, given the quick changes that have occurred over the last few years in society, continental economy and environmental awareness. "The Congress is now asking the local authorities and the governments to translate the principles contained in this manifesto into concrete actions". Henk Kool, deputy mayor of The Hague and deputy president of Eurocities (a network of 130 big cities in 30 countries), explains: "A manifesto alone is not enough. The cities must get involved and make the contents of the Urban Charter materialise".

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