Eurocities chooses Milan

For annual conference in November 2016

An important new international recognition for Milan: Eurocities, the network of the most important and innovative cities in political, economic and cultural terms, has chosen Milan for its 2016 annual conference.

The decision was announced in Brussels last week as Milan won out in a contest with Rotterdam. The 12 mayors who make up the Eurocities executive committee recognised Milan’s proactive role in several projects financed or co-financed by Brussels. Since 2012, some 30 projects worth over €12 million in sectors like transport, urban security and social policy contributed significantly to make Milan more innovative and the address residents’ needs, for example making it Italy’s most “smart city”, or reaching the second place in Europe for differentiated waste collection.

International recognition has come from the New York Times, putting Milan at the top of its world-wide list of cities to visit this year, and from authoritative travel guide Lonely Planet, which reported that “this Cinderella of cities is suddenly back in fashion in a big way.”

City culture councillor Filippo Del Corno said the recognition saw justice done, after recent criticism by “politicians on an endless electoral campaign” had ignored “the innovation, creativity and culture that make Milan ever more attractive for Europe and the world.”

Milan’s collaboration with over 70 other European cities has helped develop a constant monitoring of urban policies, allowing best practice experienced elsewhere to be imported and adapted to the local territory. This had helped Milan be elected last November into the Eurocities executive committee.

Eurocities has been intimately linked with Milan since its founding in 1986 on the initiative of the mayors of Milan, Lyon, Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt and Rotterdam. It now counts over 130 cities in 35 countries for a total of 130 million residents. The organisation’s annual conference is the most important date in its calendar, bringing together representatives of all member cities to decide on actions and objectives.

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