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Sustainable territorial and local development

City - 07.03.2006

Medium-sized cities cooperate to manage urban growth
How can medium-sized cities (50,000 to 250,000 inhabitants) become -sustainable'? How can they respond to the increasing pressures of globalisation? These were the main issues of the conference Renewing the city - managing urban growth, organised by Europolis on 3 march 2006 in Paris.

Amongst the main speakers were the Home Affairs minister of the Rheinland-Pfalz Region (D) and the Mayor of Rennes (F) as well as experts and local and regional representatives. Three round tables took place on the themes of urban sprawling, sustainable urban development and globalisation.

A number of solutions to these challenges, developed by the Europolis partner cities, were presented like the partnership to agree on spatial distribution of retail outlets in Brest (F) or the agreement in Nottingham (UK) - developers must first attempt to find a site in the inner city, before they can look at surrounding areas. Participants agreed that intercommunal cooperation as well as the linking of local and regional cooperation is needed to overcome these challenges.
Europolis is a European Commission-funded project that focuses on the role of medium-sized cities in the wider European spatial development. The project brings together 14 partners from Belgium, Germany, England and France, including medium-sized cities and national and regional regulatory authorities.
For further information on the project and a list of involved partners, visit the Europolis website.
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