ECTP-CEU Young Planners Workshop 2016 on public space and mobility

This years ECTP-CEU Young Planners workshop proposes a topic linked to the 11th European Urban and regional Planning Awards: mobility. This will allow for synergies with the Award Ceremony on the 4th July in Brussels to hold a common meeting-workshop together with Ceremony’s participants and Awards winners.

The organization has scheduled a previous and specific session the day before the Awards Ceremony for presentations of projects developed by young planners in order to promote discussions and conclusions.

As conclusion of workshop, the ECTP-CEU will publish an e-book with all projects and works developed and presented in the framework of Young Planners Workshop.

Submission for abstracts: April 1st 2016; Age limit for participants is 37 years.

You can find the Programme here


Job Offer Urbact: Junior Officer for technical monitoring

URBACT Sectretariat in Paris is hiring technical support staff for technical programme monitoring with the SYNERGIE-CTE system.

SYNERGIE-CTE is an information system used by a large number of French Managing Authorities. It succeeds the PRESAGE-CTE system used during the programming period 2007-2013 and is currently being developed to meet the needs of the different programmes. The tool is used to submit project proposals, report on project activity, report project costs, claim ERDF refund and monitor transfers to partners. It is also used for data collection.


The retained candidate shall:

  • Report to the Programming and Finance Manager as part of the Project and Finance Team
  • Support the Project and Finance Team in all matters linked to the on line monitoring tool SYNERGIE-CTE
  •  Set up monitoring tools using SYNERGIE-CTE for project and finance matters

Application deadline is March 13th 2016.

Download complete vacancy offer.

UN Regional Conference “European Habitat” 16-18 March in Prague

The “European Habitat”, which will take place on 16 to 18 March, 2016 in Prague, is an international regional conference organised within the framework of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). It is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations, bringing together 56 member countries from Europe, the Balkans, North America and a part of Asia. The event is an official part of preparations for the third global UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development “Habitat III”.

Find the details here

Dutch EU Presidency issues EU Urban Agenda Factsheet

The current Dutch EU Presidency with its ambitious agenda on urban development policies has issues a factsheet, explaining the EU Urban Agenda in a nutshell.

For more information about the EU Urban Agenda, European partnerships and how you can make a contribution, a special website has been installed as well:

ARLEM adopts recommendations on urban development in the Mediterranean

During the annual assembly of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) said on 19 January, which was held in Nicosia, Cyprus, eight recommendations and two reports – on urban development and access to jobs – intended to shape policies adopted by the European Union and states around the Mediterranean have been adopted.

Download opportunities and information have been published on Committee of Region’s website.

Congress of European Municipalities and Regions – online registration open

Online registration for the CEMR Congress from 20-22 April 2016 in Nicosia (Cyprus) is now open until 10th April. Mayors and local elected representatives will exchange on pressing issues, such as migration, territorial reforms, climate change and local finances under the motto “Tomorrow starts today! A Local & Regional Vision of Europe 2030”.

Participation fee applies.

More information.

To registration.

Final stage of application: 11th European Urban and Regional Planning Awards

European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU), with the support of the Committee of Regions are calling for submissions for the 11th European and Regional Planning Awards. With this award they give recognition to planning strategies, schemes or developments which make an outstanding contribution to the quality of life in urban and rural regions of Europe.

The Award is open to spatial planners and municipalities from the 47 European Countries of the Council of Europe and considers 3 categories of entries:
1. Strategic Planning
2. Smart mobility within cities and territories
3. Energy efficiency and spatial planning

Submission deadline: 31st January 2016 (date of reception).

More information here.

JPI Urban Europe YouTube Channel

JPI Urban Europe enhances its publicity activities by starting a new YouTube Channel.

In 2015, JPI Urban Europe has produced a number of audiovisual materials that have been made available not only through its website, but also on its newly created YouTube Channel.

Featured videos and playlists include:

JPI Urban Europe Corporate Film

Video from the SRIA Launching event 2015

Short animation films of projects

Click here to visit or subscribe to the JPI Urban Europe YouTube Channel.

DG Regio Evaluation on energy efficiency in public and residential buildings

DG Regio has recently published results on an evaluation exercise about energy efficiency in public and residential buildings. It refers to the experiences made in this field during the Cohesion Policy Programmes 2007-2013. Results might turn up in debates for the current cohesion policy period and might gain relevance during the Slovak Council Presidency in 2nd half of 2016, is Slovakia intends to put housing questions high on its agenda – and energy efficiency remains to be an EU Policy focus more than ever after COP21 in Paris.


Eurocities: Call for publications – Views on the urban future from young experts

Taking the occasion of its 30th anniversary, EUROCITIES is launching an open call to collect material to be published in an edited volume of selected views from young professionals. The should elaborate on major urban challenges of european cities, such as modern citizenship, climate change, unemployment or poverty.

Contributions are intended to stimulate a new debate on the role of cities in these future challenges and should stir up settled minds and ways of thinking.

The call is open to young professionals from different backgrounds and with different expertise. Contributors must be aged between 25 and 35 years in 2016, and must belong to one of the following professional categories: researchers, journalists, architects and urbanists, opinion leaders, and novelists. They should have at least three years of professional experience in their field.

Contributions should be in the form of a short paper based on their experience and background, of no more than 2,500 words in English.

Deadline for applications is 1 March 2016.