THE RFSC CONFERENCE 2013

TOWARDS A EUROPEAN MODEL OF A SUSTAINABLE CITY

9 October 2013, Brussels (Belgium)

 

Thank you to all who attended and helped make the conference such a huge success!

Now available: conference report.

To browse through and download selected presentations, scroll through the programme outline below or visit the RFSC on Slideshare.

Photos from the event are available on the Open Days Flickr account.

Download the programme brochure.

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME 

09:00 - 09:30 Networking Breakfast

09:30 - 10:20 Conference Opening

Conference chairman: Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director Europe, ICLEI European Secretariat

                           

  •  Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy, European Commission
     
    Opening Address - Towards Sustainable Cities in Europe (speech)

  • Cécile Duflot, Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing, France (via video link)

  • Jean-Marc Michel, Director General, Ministry of Territorial Equality and Housing, France

    Supporting cities undertaking an integrated and sustainable approach of urban policies -  the RFSC and other linked instruments in France

  • Harald Herrmann, Director and Professor, Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Germany (presentation)

    Dialogue for Change: RFSC and Urban Development - Experiences from Germany 

10:20 - 11:20 A toolkit for the integrated approach

Introduction to the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities, illustrated with local examples 

                              

  • Koos van Dijken, Director of Programmes, Platform31, The Netherlands

  • Pamela Mühlmann, Project Officer Sustainability Management, ICLEI European Secretariat

  • Lucjan Goczol, City of Bytom, Poland

  • Richard Mühlmann, City of Regensburg, Germany

(Joint presentation)


11:20 - 12:30 Towards a European model of a sustainable city

The conference hosted a panel debate that brought together regional policy and urban development actors from the local, national and European level.

Panellists

              

  • Mark Frequin, Director General for Housing and Building, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, The Netherlands

  • Jitka Bouskova, Healthy Cities of Czech Republic

  • Normunds Popens, Deputy Director-General for Implementation, Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

  • Yann Juin, Vice President, Urban Community of La Rochelle, France

  • Facilitator: Angelika Poth-Mögele, Director of Policy, Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

12:20 - 12:30 Summary of the morning sessions and announcement of the parallel sessions

12:30 - 14:00 Buffet Lunch

14:00 - 16:00 Parallel sessions

RFSC training session (Room 0C)

This session was addressed to local government representatives interested in hands-on training in using the RFSC tool.  

Trainers:

  • Koos van Dijken, Director of Programmes, Platform31, The Netherlands

  • Pamela Mühlmann, Project Officer Sustainability Management, ICLEI European Secretariat

Cooperation and exchange for integrated sustainable urban development (Room 0D)

This session was addressed to representatives of local and national governments, local government associations and research institutions. The focus of their discussions were the future of RFSC, in terms of its strategic position within the urban agenda, further technical development and dissemination and brainstorming on the role of different actors within the RFSC community.

1. How can RFSC contribute to national urban policies?

  • Jiri Markl, Ministry for Regional Development, Czech Republic
    (presentation)

  • Delphine Gaudart, Ministry of Territorial Equality and Housing, France (presentation)

2. What are good examples of cross-border cooperation of cities?

  • Daniel Levisson, Analyst Strategic Planning & Albert Edman, Strategic
    Development Officer, City of Umeå, Sweden

  • Adam Duchač, City Development, City of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

(Joint presentation)

3. What  value can RFSC offer to stakeholders?

  • Barbara Bühler, Project Officer, EU Office Brussels, German Association for Housing, Germany (presentation)

  • Tom Becker, National Information Unit for Urban Policy, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg (presentation)

4. What future role could RFSC play in the EU urban agenda?

  • Fiona Wieland, Coordinator European Urban Policy, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, The Netherlands (presentation)

  • Stephen Duffy, Competence Centre for Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission (presentation)

  • Facilitators:
    Ania Rok & Peter Defranceschi, ICLEI European Secretariat

This conference is an associated event of the 11th European Week of Regions and Cities "Europe's regions and cities taking off for 2020". Visit www.opendays.europa.eu for more information.