ICC Mayors Summit

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The Mayors Summit will provide a platform for the 130 Mayors of the Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) cities to meet, get inspiration, exchange views, learn and demonstrate political commitment to the ICC.

The meeting will lay the foundations for building strong political leadership across Europe. It will inspire and support city mayors to steer their local economy, communities and society towards the path of sustainable, digital growth and social resilience, by harnessing the promises of advanced technologies.
 
The specific objectives of the workshop are:

  • Outline the policy framework of the Intelligent Cities Challenge in the context of the recovery and why we need to act now
  • Showcase political leadership across Europe for the Intelligent Cities Challenge
  • Create a community of like-minded politicians who wish to put advanced technologies into practice and develop sustainable growth that benefits society, industry and SMEs
  • Provide a community building opportunity amongst ICC members, enhance interaction and improve collaboration between political leaders at regional and local level and provide an opportunity to learn from other cities
  • Outline how cities will be supported to act as catalysts for the transition at industry and society-levels
  • Show how the European Commission is supporting the local transformation towards an inclusive and sustainable society

Programme

Introduction
  • John Higgins, Moderator 
Opening session
  • Dana Eleftheriadou, Head of Advanced Technologies Team, DG GROW, European Commission  
  • Christophe Rouillon, European Committee of the Regions, Rapporteur for Recovery and Resilience Facility, Mayor of Coulaines, and Vice-President of the Association of French Mayors 

Setting the role of the ICC in the broader EU policy framework. Emphasis on the recovery plan, including on the contribution and importance of cities for driving the European Green Deal, greening of industry and developing skills for jobs in a green, digital and resilient economy.

Keynote speaker session
  • Marja Ruigrok, Vice-Mayor, Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, city of Haarlemmermeer
  • Laia Bonet, Deputy Mayor, Barcelona 

Showcase the leading role of the cities in the transformation of the local socio-economic systems for smart green sustainable growth in industries and SMEs and the generation of the necessary skills.

Thematic panel session on the recovery plan
  • John Higgins, Moderator
  • Aino-Maija Luukkonen, Mayor, Pori
  • Mohamed Ridouani, Mayor, Leuven
  • Vojko Obersnel, Mayor, Rijeka
  • Michalis Koupkas, Deputy Mayor, Thessaloniki 
  • Tjaša Ficko, Deputy Mayor, Ljubljana
  • Piotr Borawski, Deputy Mayor, Gdansk
  • Magali Altounian, Deputy Mayor, Nice Côte d'Azur 
  • Filipe Araújo, Vice-Mayor, Porto

Achievements and inspiration on: 

  • cities’ role in National Recovery Plans 
  • engaging the stakeholders 
  • using advanced technologies to promote greening of industry and business 
  • re-skilling  
  • access to finance 
Closing session
  • Johns Higgins, Moderator 
  • Dana Eleftheriadou, Head of Advanced Technologies Team, DG GROW, European Commission  

Presentation of expectations for mayors and ICC cities and next steps. Plus, concluding remarks and main takeaways from the Mayors Summit. 

Speakers

Christophe Rouillon
Christophe Rouillon

European Committee of the Regions, Rapporteur for Recovery and Resilience Facility, Mayor of Coulaines, and Vice-President of the Association of French Mayors

Marja Ruigrok
Marja Ruigrok

Vice-Mayor, Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, city of Haarlemmermeer

Laia Bonet
Laia Bonet

Deputy Mayor, Barcelona

Aino-Maija Luukkonen
Aino-Maija Luukkonen

Mayor, Pori

Mohamed Ridouani
Mohamed Ridouani

Mayor, Leuven

Vojko Obersnel
Vojko Obersnel

Mayor, Rijeka

Michalis Koupkas
Michalis Koupkas

Deputy Mayor, Thessaloniki

Tjaša Ficko
Tjaša Ficko

Deputy Mayor, Ljubljana

Piotr Borawski
Piotr Borawski

Deputy Mayor, Gdansk

Magali Altounian
Magali Altounian

Deputy Mayor, Nice Côte d'Azur  

Filipe Araújo
Filipe Araújo

Vice-Mayor, Porto

Dana Eleftheriadou
Dana Eleftheriadou

Head of Advanced Technology Team, DG GROW, European Commission

John Higgins
John Higgins

Chair of the Global Digital Foundation and Senior Advisor for Burson Cohn & Wolfe