Association of German Cities: Proposed amendments to the revision of the TEN-T Regulation
The Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag) and the European Offices of the Baden-Württemberg and of the metropolitan regions Stuttgart and FrankfurtRhineMain issued a statement on the provisions for urban nodes in the new TEN-T regulation. According to this, core concerns are: Maintaining subsidiarity and a fair balance between requirements and privileges for urban nodes together with practical provisions for corresponding spatial areas and a definition suitable for different structural circumstances.
Main recommendations are:
- Define an urban node as a functional urban area.
- Introduce an opt-in clause in the selection of affected nodal cities.
- Synchronise the urban nodes’ obligations with implementation needs, e.g. grant more flexibility in the provisions on statistical information exchange and limit HDV recharging requirements to multimodal mobility hubs where this brings a practical added-value (long distance bus stations).
- Guarantee a fairer balance between obligations and privileges, e.g. by specifying responsibilities for the support of nodal authorities and strengthening the funding side of the deal.
European Week of Regions and Cities 2022
The European Week of Regions and Cities is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy. It has grown to become a unique communication and networking platform, bringing together regions and cities from all over Europe, including politicians, administrators, experts and academics. Over the last 19 years, it has done much to promote policy learning and the exchange of good practice. The 20th edition of EURegionsWeek under the motto New Challenges for Europe’s cohesion is ready to take off from Monday, October 10, 2022 2:30 PM to Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:30 PM. This year’s hybrid programme includes a virtual exhibition and sessions online and onsite dedicated to:
- Green transition
- Territorial Cohesion
- Digital transition
- Youth empowerment
Over 1000 speakers will take the floor from all over the EU and beyond during 386 hours of interactive conferences spread over 4 days, and more than 80 video clips will show stories and testimonials about concrete projects. Registering for a session on the onsite programme gives access to the online session too, but physical seats are ensured on a first-come first-served basis. The extent of physical presence will be subject to the evaluation of COVID sanitary measures closer to the event.
For more information see: https://eu.app.swapcard.com/event/euregionsweek-2022
Shaping the green port of the future – PIONEERS international conference
Under the theme “Shaping the Green Port of the Future”, the PIONEERS international conference will address key aspects and challenges in the port sector in 4 focus areas:
- Clean Energy Production and Supply
- Modal Shift and Flows Optimisation
- Sustainable Port Design
- Digital Transformation
It will take place on 20 October 2022 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Port House Antwerp. The conference unfolds around a number of inspirational speeches, panel discussions and breakout sessions, featuring experts and policy-makers from the European Commission, representatives from Port Authorities, international industry associations and the academic community. The event will be a key tool to set the debate with worldwide experts on how a Green Port Master Plan could be shaped, creating a harmonised approach toward the ambitious decarbonisation targets. The conference is open to the whole port and shipping community, industry associations, energy sector players and technology providers.
For more information see: https://pioneers-ports.eu/portfolio-item/pioneers-international-conference-programme-at-a-glance/
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