TOGETHER City Festival

What If Sustainable Cities Saved Europe

Date

23 November 2017

Location

Grand Café Horta, Hopland 2 2000 Antwerpen

TOGETHER CITY FESTIVAL

What if Sustainable Cities can Save Europe

 

In order for it to work, change must be inspired by the people. Local communities and cities alike are the basis of the European Union and they also need to be at the basis of change in the EU. For far too long they have been overlooked!
We brought our TOGETHER debate to Antwerp, Belgium, to hear what local communities have to say about their impact on a larger scale. To talk about how cities can help save Europe and build a sustainable future. For everyone.
In Antwerp, in November 2017, you were our inspiration!

17.30-18.00 – Registration at Horta venue

18.00-18.10 – Opening with “TOGETHER” video presentation and introduction by the moderator Francesca Vanthielen

18.10-18.20 – Welcome speech Kathleen Van Brempt, S&D Group Vice-President

18.20-18.35 – Keynote speech by Eric Corijn, Professor of Social and cultural geography, Free University of Brussels, Director of COSMOPOLIS City, Culture & Society research group on “Can Cities save Europe: Urbanity as a post-national challenge”

18.35-19.10 – I. Panel debate: How to increase involvement of cities in decision-making processes in the EU

(in alphabetical order)

·         Eric Corijn, Professor of Social and cultural geography, Free University of Brussels, Director of COSMOPOLIS City, Culture & Society research

·         Agnes Jongerius, MEP, S&D Group Coordinator for Employment and Social Affairs and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the EP

·         Michaela Kauer, Director, Vienna House,Brussels Liaison Office of the City of Vienna

·         Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent, President of Eurocities group

Followed by questions & answers session from the audience and via social media

 

19.10-19.25 – Keynote speech by Prof. Jan Rotmans, Professor of Transitions and Transition Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam on “Port Transitions”

 

19.25-20.00 – II. Panel debate: Ports as vectors for an efficient and ambitious European green economy

(in alphabetical order)

·         Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam

·         Eva Pérez García, Director of Transport Economics, Fundación Valenciaport

·         Prof. Jan Rotmans, Professor of Transitions and Transition Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam

Followed by questions & answers session from the audience and social media

 

20.00-20:15 – Presentation of the “TOGETHER” Ambassadors and adoption of the Statement by S&D Group Vice-President Kathleen Van Brempt

European Anthem

20:15 – Reception

 

 

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