In 2018, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community started the project “Possibilities and strategies of the German EU Council Presidency 2020”. The project aims to identify and classify the current and future central topics, principles, and trends of integrated urban development policy in Europe. A key objective of this process is to structure and advance the debate on the further development of the Leipzig Charter in Europe in the run-up to the German Presidency in 2020.

The third European meeting on 3 July (14:00-18:00) and 4 July (10:00-14:00) 2019 will focus on the spatial dimension addressed in the Leipzig Charter, i.e. the importance of neighbourhoods, urban-rural relations/Functional Urban Areas, and the interconnectedness of different spatial levels. Prior to the third meeting of the European dialogue process, URBACT will organise a City Lab, which will also feed into the Leipzig Charter debate. On the second day, the discussions of April 2019 – when the first proposed building blocks of the new Leipzig Charter were presented – will be taken one step further by discussing their content in more detail, with a focus on strong cities and neighbourhoods capable of taking action.

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