Task Teams

 

 

 

Task Team Culture

Name of TT leader:

City of Schiedam

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Past, ongoing and future projects:

Contact for TT:

Carla Vermunt, City of Schiedam
Cjm.vermunt@schiedam.nl

 

 

Task Team Innovation

Name of TT leader:

Co-leadership Sabadell – Gävle

Main topics:

Building on the triple helix model, the quadruple helix model adds the civil society as a fourth component to the frame-work of interactions between university, industry and government. How do local challenges could be faced up fostering the participation of citizens? The possibility to apply this new model in the field of entrepreneurship gives local authorities a chance to carry out actions with an economic impact in their territory. Which support measures are implemented? How is it fostered at the local level? Are there initiatives of territorial ecosystem networks? Sharing success stories and what didn’t go that well will for sure be inspiring for all Eurotowns members.

Usually, many medium-sized cities do not have great connections with research and technology institutions. They do have these assets in their territory but don’t have the necessary links that would facilitate building up a more competitive and interconnected ecosystem. Sharing experiences among Eurotowns members would facilitate learning from each other on innovative ways to foster the establishment of such connections in cities of similar dimensions. Shared projects could result of this exchanges that would go more in deep on the transnational learning as well as facilitate testing the applicability of identified good practices.

How to specialize a local or supralocal territory considering smart specialization strategies are regional, not local. Is it possible? YES! How does it work? In this sense we can bring in our experience in developing the Sabadell’s Specialization and Territorial Competitiveness Project (PECT), how we deal with regional administration on this issue, which are the instruments provided at the local level to implement RIS3, etc. On the other hand, we are currently leading the Interreg Europe project RELOS3 which is about sharing different perspectives and/or ways of implementing regional smart specialization strategies at the local level.

Circular economy is a hot topic on the international agenda of Eurotowns. It raises a new type of economy where we consume in moderation, products have a longer lifetime, we limit waste and we are able to transform waste into new resources. It obviously has an impact to facilitate economic recovery, increase competitiveness, create jobs and reduce environmental risks. Do cities have a role in this? Sure! Circular economy has actually been included as one of the twelve topics in which the EU Urban Agenda is focused on, pointing out that cities are an attractive starting point to facilitate the transition to this new economic model. Initiatives at the local level in this field may range from waste prevention or water manage-ment policies to fostering a collaborative economy at the local level or mainstreaming the concept of circular economy among locally-based Deepening into industrial side of circular economy, known as industrial symbiosis adds an interesting field of work for our cities.

As for the above mentioned topic, public procurement is also one of the hotspots in the EU Urban Agenda. Innovative public procurement procedures are understood as to be a catalyst to boost innovative initiatives at the local level in a broader sense. Municipalities have an important lever at their disposal through the public procurement of goods, services and works to improve and foster sustainability at the local level. Besides, relevant work could also be done by improving the governance of public procurement and putting in place effective metrics systems on public spend and its impact. This is just to mention some issues linked to the public procurement topic with an application at the local level. Many others are in place and there is certainly an interest (as well as expertise) on this topic among Eurotowns members!

The digital transition is also included in the EU Urban Agenda. Local administrations are the public sector’s primary interface with both citizens and businesses, being at the forefront of delivering many of the key public services for the citizen. Getting into the car of digital transformation will have an undeniable impact in transforming the way services are delivered at the local level and how communication is carried out between citizens and the local administration. Initiatives in that field from the local perspective may be focused on data-sharing projects that may aim to facilitate the co-creation of solutions among the local government, citizens and the private sector; they could also focus on digitizing processes and services such as deploying consolidated online-access platforms, etc.; or on moving one step forward ‘traditional’ public infrastructures such as street lighting or traffic management, just to mention a few.

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Contact for TT:

Iolanda Repullo – Head of the Economic Promotion Office, Sabadell City Council
irepullo@ajsabadell.cat

Annika Lundqvist – Head of International Office , Municipality of Gävle
annika.lundqvist@gavle.se

 

 

Task Team Mobility

Name of TT leader:

City of Varberg

Main topics:

The main interest of the member cities focus on infrastructure and communication in the following topics:

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Next meeting:

Contact for TT:

Max Wehlin Strategist Infrastructure and Analysis, City of Varberg
max.wehlin@varberg.se

 

Task Team Social Inclusion

Name of TT leader:

City of Varberg

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Next meeting:

Contact for TT:

Lotta Olanya Inclusion Strategist, City of Varberg
lotta.olanya@varberg.se

Kristina Hylander – Development Manager, City of Varberg
kristina.hylander@varberg.se

 

Task Team Global Goals

Name of TT leader:

City of Solingen

Main topics:

Objectives

1. Raising awareness / participation / cooperation

2. Methods / content / actors

3. General exchange and funding acquisition as a permanent feature

4. Not directly as a focus, but the question of indicators needs to be considered

Past, ongoing and future projects:

Contact for TT:

Martin Hückeler – Head of Funding Management and European Affairs, Municipality of Solingen

m.hueckeler@solingen.de

Strategic Policy Group

Name of TT leader:

City of Sindelfingen

Main topics:

Policy influencing activities

Political outreach

Promoting the interests of medium-sized cities

Objectives:

Strengthening policy influencing at the European level for medium-sized cities

Developing stronger linkages between EU institutions and local authorities

Fostering strategic alliances at the EU level to raise the potential of medium-sized cities

Next meeting:

May 2020 in Brussels

Contact for TT:

Julian Schahl – European Coordinator, City of Sindelfingen
j.schahl@sindelfingen.de