URBACT City Lab "Cities & balanced territorial development" A contribution to the Leipzig Charter

Location: Despachantes, Alfandega
Date: Thu, January 30
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This session follows the fourth in a series of practical City Labs exploring the principles of the Leipzig Charter, and formulating recommendations based on city experiences today. From the neighbourhood level to the metropolitan area, a ‘city’ does not exist in a void. The preponderance of small and medium sized cities in Europe brings with it a clear set of questions around urban development. What role can cities, national and EU level play best in overcoming these challenges? This session will involve all levels of governance in an interactive panel, examining the importance of balanced territorial development. It will also allow an exploration of the principles of sustainable, integrated and participatory urban development.

The URBACT Knowledge Hub brings together good practices and lessons learned from cities to share with all professionals involved in urban policy throughout Europe. The work programme on exploring city application of Integrated and Participatory urban development concepts began in September 2018 and runs until 2020. A series of practical City Labs explore the technical and policy developments in European cities, and formulate recommendations to overcome barriers. This work is aligned with the German EU Presidency 2020 process to renew the Leipzig Charter for sustainable urban development, bringing city experiences to the reflection.


Refreshing Europe’s urban policy principles

Leipzig Charter (PDF)

Moderation: Eddy Adams

10.00 – 10.15

Welcome and introduction – introducing CityLab activity

Nuala Morgan URBACT,
Eddy Adams, URBACT Programme Expert

10.15 – 10.45

Renewing the principles of integrated urban development : Interactive panel session on the imperative to renew the Leipzig Charter, the opportunities and challenges it presents for cities

Tilman Bucholz, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Thomas de Béthune, DG Regional and Urban Policy

Mr Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville (Spain)

Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES

10.45 – 11.00

Balancing territorial development – feedback from CityLab #4

Key messages for Leipzig

11.00 – 11.45

Deep Dive into city stories on Leipzig principles

Corner 1: Integrated approaches

City case: Joana Brzezinska, City of Lodz (PL)

Corner 2: Participatory approaches

City cases: Rui Franco, City of Lisbon (PT)

Corner 3: Sustainable development

City cases: Paula Rodrigues, City of Torres Vedras (PT)

Corner 4: Balanced territorial development

City cases: Daniel Castejón Llorach, City of Igualada (ES)

11.45 – 12.00


Emmanual Moulin, URBACT programme director

Parallel Workshop

Despachantes Hall

Urbact CityLab