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09:00 - 09:30

Registration & welcome coffee

09:30 – 12:00



In the city, departure from venue

Urban Commons: citizens associations create value for the place and the community: Torino was one of the first cities in Italy to approve in 2016 the Urban Commons Regulation. Through the “Pact of Collaboration”, associations and single citizens are entitled to take care of urban commons and create value for the place and the community. Come discover some of them!
Reconversion: from industrial sites to green assets: This visit displays two iconic examples of industrial reconversion, starting from former areas that produced automotive components.
Social innovation practices for urban regeneration: This tour around the neighbourhoods of Aurora and Barriera displays not only inspiring examples of urban regeneration, but especially the social impact of this work on the community involved.
Urban Food System & Circular Economy: These two sites are experimenting a Circular Business Model with the support of Slow Food’s University of Gastronomic Sciences, in the framework of two HORIZON2020 projects: proGIreg and FUSILLI.
Reconversion: From industrial sites into hubs for innovation: This visit displays the transformation of two industrial sites into hubs for innovation, start-ups, enterprises and laboratories.
Community Hubs: providing community services in neighbourhoods: This tour includes two different examples of community hubs providing social services in neighbourhoods characterized by relevant social and economic urban challenges.

10:30 – 11:30

2. ‘’Will beauty save the world?’’ The New European Bauhaus Manifesto of the City of Torino

Room: Binario 3

Chiara Foglietta, Deputy Mayor of the City of Torino for Green and Digital Transition, Environment and Innovation (IT)
Laura Fornaro, Networking Coordinator at Cooperativa Liberi Tutti, project manager of the DESIRE project for Cascina Falchera (IT)
Lavinia Chiara Tagliabue, Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Torino (IT)
Andrea Bocco, Head of Department Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning at Politecnico of Torino (IT)
Simone d’Antonio - ANCI- National Association of Italian Municipalities (IT)
Elena Miglietti - Representative of the NEBTO Committee (IT)
Moderator: Fabio Sgaragli, Head of Innovation Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini

09:30 - 13:00


Room: Sala Fucine

• Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policies (DG REGIO), European Commission

• Joint Research Center (JRC), European Commission

• European Urban Initiative

• URBACT Programme

• ESPON Programme

• Covenant of Mayors

• The Smart Cities Marketplace

• Directorate-General for the Environment (DG ENV), European Commission

• EU Missions: the 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Mission & the Mission Adaptation to Climate Change

• European Economic and Social Committee

• City of Torino Italian National Agency for Territorial Cohesion


12:00 – 13:00

Buffet Lunch

13:00 – 13:15

Artistic Opening: Bandakadabra

in collaboration with Torino Jazz Festival

13:15 – 13:45


Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, European Commission
Stefano Lo Russo, Mayor of Torino (IT)
Dr Aleksander Jevšek, Minister of Cohesion and Regional Development of Slovenia
Moderators: Eddy Adams and Sally Kneeshaw

13:45 – 14:00


Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency

14:00 – 15:00


How to support the implementation of the European Green Deal in cities while dealing with new challenges.

Ovidiu Cîmpean, Secretary of State, Ministry of Investments and European Projects (RO)
Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director-General DG CLIMA, European Commission
Vladimir Svet, Vice Mayor of Tallinn (EE)
Minna Arve, Mayor of Turku (FI)
Anna Lisa Boni, Deputy Mayor of Bologna (IT)
Magdalena Mlochowska, Director, Coordinator of Green Warsaw (PL)
Simone Lammert, City of Solingen, Member of Eurotowns (DE)
Moderator: Sally Kneeshaw

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:45

Official launch of the European Urban Initiative

Innovating, sharing and inspiring for sustainable urban development in Europe

Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, European Commission
Daniel Leca, Vice-President Hauts de France Region (FR)
Tim Caulfield, Director, European Urban Initiative
Normunds Popens, Acting Director-General for Implementation – DG REGIO, European Commission
Kieran McCarthy, Cork City Councilor, European Committee of the Regions
Dorthe Nielsen, Executive Director, Eurocities
Michal Konicek, Urban Policy and Strategies Officer, Ministry for Regional Development, (CZ)
Teofil Gherca, Director, URBACT Programme
Moderator: Eddy Adams

16:45 – 17.00

Short break


17:00 – 18:30

1. Greening cities in the European Union: strategic approaches to address climate and environmental challenges

Room: Sala Fucine
Benjamin Caspar, Policy Officer for Natural Capital & Ecosystem Health, DG ENV, European Commission
Irene Bonvissuto, Policy Officer, Policy development and implementation, Adaptation to climate change - DG CLIMA, European Commission
Gitty Korsuize, Urban ecologist, Utrecht (NL)
Imanol Zabaleta Altuna, Director of the Environmental Studies Center of Vitoria-Gasteiz (ES)
Susa Eräranta, Project Director Climate unit, Helsinki (FI)
Normunds Popens, Acting Director-General for Implementation, DG REGIO, European Commission

Moderator: Anna Gumbau

2. Financing sustainable urban development in times of crisis

Room: Duomo
Leonor Berriochoa, Senior Specialist of Urban Development Division, European Investment Bank
Ivone Pereira Martins, Urban Sustainability Strategic Coordinator, European Environment Agency
Raffaele Barbato, Managing authority funding sources, Roma Capitale (IT)
Fabrizio Rossi, Secretary General, CEMR

Moderator: Eddy Adams

3. The role and challenges of small- and medium-sized urban areas in bringing Europe closer to citizens and driving the green and just transition

Room: Binario 3
Marek Teplansky, Head of Unit Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development, DG REGIO, European Commission
Carlotta Fioretti, Project Officer - Urban Development Strategies and Researcher, JRC, European Commission
Carolina Perpiña, Analyst, Territorial Development Unit, JRC, European Commission
Teresa Alonso Montejo, Deputy Mayor, Lucena (ES)
Helene Stanger, Innovation Manager, Startup Village Kitzbühel (AT)
Kieran McCarthy, Cork City Councillor, Member of the European Committee of the Regions
Irene McMaster, Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde (UK)
Vitor Paulo Pereira, President, Paredes de Coura (PT) (TBC)
Laura Čodere, UIA Project Manager, Ventspils City Council (LV)

Moderators: Alessandro Rainoldi and Giulia Testori, JRC, European Commission

18:30 – 19:30


19:30 – 22:30

Evening entertainment: DJ Margiotta

in collaboration with Torino Jazz Festival


09:00 – 11:00

1. How can cities build their capacities on sustainable urban development under the European Urban Initiative?

Room: Sala Fucine
Normunds Popens, Acting Director-General for Implementation, DG REGIO
Aša Rogelj, Deputy Director General at the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial planning (SI)
Hanna Zdanowska, Mayor of Lodz (PL)
Eilish O’Loughlin, Head of Capacity Building Unit, European Urban Initiative Permanent Secretariat
Clémentine Gravier, Capacity-Building Officer, URBACT
Aleksi Jäntti, Deputy Mayor of Tampere (FI)
Jordi Mazon, Deputy Mayor on Energy Transition, Mobility and Waste Management, Viladecans (ES)

Moderators: Eddy Adams and Sally Kneeshaw

2. Urban talk – Change the system not the climate

Room: Binario 3
Edoardo Croci, Professor and Sustainable Urban Regeneration Lab Director, Bocconi University (IT)
Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General, DG ENV, European Commission
Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director-General Innovation, adaptation and resilience, stakeholder relations, DG CLIMA, European Commission
Cristina Martinez, Deputy Head of Unit Technologies for Smart Communities, DG CNECT, European Commission
Eero Ailio, Adviser for Energy transition and local governance, DG ENER, European Commission and Covenant of Mayors
Dana Eleftheriadou, Team Leader, Proximity and Cities, DG GROW, European Commission
Stefania Manca, Coordinator

Moderator: Anna Gumbau

3. Fostering socio-economic inclusion of marginalised groups at the local level

Room: Duomo
João Medeiros, Councillor´s Advisor for Education, Innovation and Social Cohesion, Braga (PT)
Michaela Kauer, Head of the Liaison Office of Vienna to the EU (AT)
Jérôme Pianezza, Vice-Mayor in charge of International and European affairs, Lille (FR)
Dana Lazăr, Directorate of Social Assistance, Timișoara (RO)
Magdalena Karvayova, Founder of NGO 'Awen Amenca' (CZ)
Dejan Crnek, Deputy Mayor of Ljubljana (SI)

Moderator: Ali Al-Jaberi

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break


11:30 – 13:00

1. A renewed Urban Agenda for the EU: implementing the next generation of Partnerships for cities of all sizes

Room: Sala Fucine
Thomas de Béthune, Team Leader Urban policy - DG REGIO, European Commission
Roxana Triboi, Expert for Ex Ante Assessment of the UAEU Food theme
Renata Lopez, Head of Urban Planning, Pozzuoli (IT)
Orna Rosenfeld, Expert for Ex Ante Assessment of the UAEU Cities of Equality theme
Annika Dalén, Strategic development and gender equality officer, Umeå (SE)
Jan Schultheiss, Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building, Co-coordinator of the UAEU Partnership on Culture and cultural heritage (DE)
Ann Rodenstedt, Desk officer, Ministry of Rural Affairs and Infrastructure, (SE)
Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Territorial Development, JRC, European Commission
Dorthe Nielsen, Executive Director, Eurocities
1David Sventek, Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic, European Economic and Social Committee

Moderator: Sally Kneeshaw

2. Innovating in cities

Room: Binario 3
Aziza Akhmouch, Head of Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development division, OECD
Margit Noll, CEO of the European Partnership Driving Urban Transitions, JPI Urban Europe
Fabrizio Barbiero, Head of Innovation and EU Funds Office, Torino (IT)
Marion Glatron, Director of Data and green transition, Rennes Metropole, UIA project RUDI (FR)
Oihana Eizmendi Sasiain, Coordinator of the Strategic Sectors unit of Bilbao Ekintza, economic promotion agency of the Bilbao City Council (ES)

Moderator: Anna Gumbau

3. New European Bauhaus : how can it bring a difference to local development?

Room: Duomo
Eva Nussmueller, Deputy Head of Unit, Coordination of programmes, DG REGIO, European Commission
Borislava Woodford, Policy Analyst, New European Bauhaus, JRC, European Commission
Kristian Keinänen, Head of Strategic Enterprises, Riihimaki (FI)
Luna Polić Barović, Senior Advisor for Local Development and EU funds at the Dubrovnik Development Agency (HR)
Natasa Christou, Innovation Entrepreneur, Co-founder Gardens of the future (CY)
Konrad Mlynarczyk, Chief Designer Settlement and Cultural Heritage Unit, Pomorskie Regional Planning Office (PL)

Moderator: Eddy Adams

13:00 – 14:00

Buffet Lunch

14:00 – 14:15

Keynote Speech

Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for the European Green Deal and European Commissioner for Climate Action

14:15 – 15:10

Mayors’ debate – Cohesion and recovery in cities

Stefano Lo Russo, Mayor of Torino (IT)
Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, Mayor of Gdansk (PL)
Alina Apostol, Mayor of Ciortești commune (RO)
Sylvain Godinot, Deputy Mayor of Lyon (FR)
Moderator: Sally Kneeshaw

15:10 – 15:40

Closing remarks

Normunds Popens, Acting Director-General DG REGIO, European Commission
Astrid Vital Durand, International Union for Conservation of Nature Young Ambassador
Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence (IT)
Moderators: Eddy Adams and Sally Kneeshaw

15:40 – 16:00

Coffee break


16:00 – 17:30

1. Functional areas in the EU: from Cohesion Policy to practice

Room: Binario 3
Marek Teplansky, Head of Unit Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development, DG REGIO, European Commission
Wiktor Szydarowski, Director, ESPON EGTC
Sona Raszkova, Specialist in International cooperation, Brno Metropolitan Area (CZ)
Iulian Mareș, President, West Ialomița Functional Area (RO)
Moskos Diamantopoulos, General Director, West Athens Development Association (EL)
Julita Ewert-Stawowy, Deputy Director, Kraków Metropolis Association (PL)

Moderator: Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu, Senior Urban Development Specialist, World Bank

2. Coming out of the European Box: international cooperation to inspire sustainable urban transformation

Room: Duomo
Xavier Tiana, Head of International Relations, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (ES)
Claudio Bordi, Urban Planner head of European Unit at Risorse per Roma SPA, Rome/Anci Lazio (IT)
Philip Naslund, Strategic Development Officer, Umeå (SE)
Elisa Limbacher, Coordination of the Lord Mayor's Affair, Trier (DE)

Moderator: Sandra Marin, IURC Central Coordination Service Team Leader, IURC

3. Welcoming people with a migrant background at the local level

Room: Sala Fucine
Sonia Pereira, High Commissioner for Migration of Portugal
Syed Hasnain, Founder and president of UNIRE (Italian National Union of Refugees and Exiles)
Bart Somers, Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Flanders and Flemish Minister of the Interior, Administrative Affairs, Civic Integration and Equal Opportunities (BE)
Aikaterini Dimitrakopoulou, Head of Sector for Integration, DG HOME, European Commission
Diana Botescu, Interim Head of Unit for Migration and Refugee Policies, Berlin Commissioner´s Office for Integration and Migration of the Berlin Senate (DE)
Geti Mubeenová, Strategic Management Coordinator for Refugees, Prague City Hall (CZ)

Moderator: Ali Al-Jaberi

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