During the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), a workshop was held on 10 October in order to officially announce the projects selected under the UIA’s second Call for Proposals on the topics circular economy, integration of migrants and refugees and urban mobility. The second call proved to be another competitive process that saw 206 proposals from 21 EU Member States submitted.
Sixteen projects were selected for funding in this call. The topic of the circular economy will have eight projects implementing their innovative solutions to tackle food and construction waste, change behaviours as well as to use invasive plant species in order to make new products. Three cities will tackle the challenge of the integration of migrants and refugees with a focus on housing, skills and employment opportunities. Under the topic of urban mobility, five cities will concentrate their efforts on bold solutions to tackle commuting patterns, put in use autonomous vehicles as well as a personal carbon trading scheme. Find out further about the selected projects in our summary article here.
As part of the workshop, participants in the full conference room also had the opportunity to hear testimonies from the successful cities selected under the first Call for Proposals: AS FABRIK (Bilbao) and U-RLP (Utrecht). In addition to the representatives of these projects, Deputy Mayor of Milan Anna Scavuzzo representing the OpenAgri project presented how their UIA project falls within their wider city strategy and their lead role in the Urban Food Policy Pact.
Representatives of multiple European Commission services presented the topics selected for the third UIA Call for Proposals: Air quality, jobs and skills in the local economy, housing and climate adaptation.
If you missed the event you can watch the web streaming video here.
Check also the gallery of the event!