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Post-Leipzig Colloquium on Transferability of Urban Development Projects

Brussels, 11 February 2009

Post-Leipzig Colloquium; Photo: European Parliament
Photos: European Parliament


The colloquium successfully took place on February 11th, 2009. Over 60 guests took part in the event, amongst them mayors and project managers, as well as representatives of european associations and press. They heard creative presentations on the project-level of different urban development projects and on the possibilities of how cities can learn from each other. Moreover, the representatives of the European Commission and the Czech presidency gave a preview on the role of urban development policies in the near future.

The positive response and the lively dialogue demonstrated the relevance of the discussion about sustainable urban development policies and the significance of forums like our colloquium.

In co-operation with the Intergroup in the European Parliament "Urban Logement" and the Office of the Land Berlin to the EU, the Senate Department for Urban Development Berlin will host a colloquium on sustainable urban development projects on Wednesday, 11 February 2009. The event was created under the initiative of Permanent Secretary Ms. Hella Dunger-Löper and the President Mr. Beaupuy as well as the Vice-Presidents Ms. Kallenbach, Mr. Vlasak and Mr. Olbrycht of the Intergroup "Urban Logement".
In the course of the "Post-Leipzig Process", the colloquium has the objective to develop a more intensive discussion of inherent issues and perspectives to including sustainable urban development policies into EU-, national, regional and local policies. At the colloquium, the invited cities will present model projects and share and discuss their experience in planning and practice with representatives from the European institutions and international experts. The projects presented belong to the thematic context of the "Leipzig Charter on sustainable European Cities". The delegations will consist of both political and expert-level staff. The focus of the discussions shall be the role of the Post-Leipzig process in urban development policies, the influence of the European Institutions on urban development projects, as well as the question of how a transfer of successful projects and initiatives between cities can be facilitated.

For the contribution of the Senate of Berlin, Permanent Secretary Ms. Hella Dunger-Löper will present the project "Stadtteilmütter" (neighbourhood mothers), which applies an integrated approach to urban development in an award-winning co-operative scheme, co-financed by the ERDF, to deprived neighbourhoods in the district of Neukölln. Together with the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Djamila Boumekik, a neighbourhood mother employed in the project, will report about her experience from the working-level. In Berlin, a Framework Strategy for Social Urban Development already takes up and implements central points from the "Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities". The Berlin approach of a comprehensive integrated urban development policy can be regarded as a real best-practice example for the implementation of the governance structures demanded in the Leipzig charter.


The event will be divided into two sessions.

First Session

9:00 - 12:30

European Parliament, Rue Wiertz, B-1047 Brussels,
Room PHS P7C050, ASP main entrance
Presentation and discussion of the model projects, the Post-Leipzig process, the role of the European institutions, especially of the EP.

Model Project Presentations:
Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Helsinki, London, Paris, Prague, Rotterdam

  • Mr. Jean Marie Beaupuy, MEP, President of the Intergroup Urban Logement
  • Ms. Hella Dunger-Löper, Permanent Secretary for Building and Housing, Berlin
  • Ms. Gisela Kallenbach, MEP, Vice-President of the Intergroup Urban Logement
  • Mr. Gordon Feller, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Age Institute, USA

Second Session

A lunch buffet will be provided before the second session in the Berlin Office.

14:00 - 17:00

Office of the Land Berlin to the EU, Avenue Michel-Ange 71,
B-1000 Brussels
Transfer of urban development projects, the role of urban development in the agenda of the European Commission

  • Mr. Rudolf Niessler, European Commission, Director - REGIO D, Policy Coordination
  • Mr. Johan Magnusson, Policy Analyst, European Commission, REGIO C 2, Urban Development, Territorial Cohesion
  • Mr. Josef Postranecky, Director, Regional Policy Strategy and Development Department, Ministry for Regional Development, Czech Republic


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