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EAG reports on "City of Tomorrow and Culture Heritage" Programme

The External Advisory Group has published its first report on the key action "City of Tomorrow and Culture Heritage" under the theme, Energy, of the Fifth Framework Programme. The Group concluded that, in general, the proposed work programme was consistent with the aims and re...
The External Advisory Group has published its first report on the key action "City of Tomorrow and Culture Heritage" under the theme, Energy, of the Fifth Framework Programme. The Group concluded that, in general, the proposed work programme was consistent with the aims and research and technological development (RTD) priorities set out in the Council's provisional orientation.

The EAG met on three occasion during the end of last year to advise the Commission on the content and orientation of the key action. This first report covers the EAG's examination of the Commission's preliminary discussion document on elements for preparing the work programme for the key action.

The overall goal of the "City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage" programme is to support sustainable economic development and competitiveness, improved urban management and integrated planning policy, and help safeguard and improve the quality of life and cultural identity of European citizens.

The group found that the overall objective reflected the principal challenges associated with urban quality of life, improving cultural and social cohesion, providing for security and safety and ensuring the competitiveness of Europe's cities and city regions.

EAG was also satisfied that the work programme was problem-orientated and directed towards strategically useful outputs and welcomed the approach taken by the Commission setting clear targets which, where possible, had been quantified.

However, the group also had some detailed comments to make regarding the content. For example, the definition of "City" should not be restricted, but should include both large and small urban cities and their peripheries. The EAG also said there was a need to develop research focussing on urban governance issues, related to the growing urban networks and the more efficient integration of sectoral policies and the emergence of partnerships for services management and urban projects development.

Source: European Commission, DG XII
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