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CITIES PUSH CHARTER TO ENSURE PLACE IN MAASTRICHT REVISION

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Eurocities - the growing organisation that represents 65 major European cities including 12 from the UK - will be ...
Eurocities - the growing organisation that represents 65 major European cities including 12 from the UK - will be formally adopting a charter at its AGM in Bologna in November.

Writing in LGIU Briefing, John Taylor of Nottingham City Council, says the charter addresses the fact that while Europe is one of the world's most heavily urbanised areas, with 70% of its population living in cities, urban affairs have, compared to regional issues, traditionally been neglected by the European Union.

The charter was drawn up by members at a series of meetings in Brussels last Easter under the leadership of Walter Vitalli, mayor of Bologna, which currently acts as president of Eurocities.

The charter recognises cities as potentially the key motors for economic recovery, whilst at the same time locations of the EU's worst socio-economic and environmental problems writes cllr Taylor. 'How strange, therefore, that the commission in Brussels has no specific competency for urban affairs.'

Eurocities is working to ensure that the Charter of European Cities is fully discussed as the Maastricht Treaty is revised at the 1996 intergovernmental conference.

Current UK members of Eurocities are Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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