Cities and regions are confronted every day with the task of making sustainable development a reality that works for all citizens. As the climate crisis and rising social inequalities pose serious challenges to Europe’s future, local and regional authorities, on which no less than 65% of the targets depend, have become new drivers of change. Cities like Mannheim have already initiated inclusive processes to localise their sustainable development goals in partnership with citizens, business and civil society. The event gave the opportunity to discover, among other European examples, the “Model Mannheim 2030”.
As part of the Urban Thinker Campus, the PES Group organised its second #ProgressiveLocalLab. The aim of this local event was to bring together different groups of people in order to exchange best practices from different progressive European cities to discuss how best to implement the SDGs at local level and to build a progressive network working to build a more sustainable Europe from the ground up.
Städte und Regionen sehen sich tagtäglich mit der Aufgabe konfrontiert, eine nachhaltige Entwicklung für alle Bürger zu verwirklichen. Da die Klimakrise und die zunehmenden sozialen Ungleichheiten die Zukunft Europas ernsthaft in Frage stellen, sind die lokalen und regionalen Gebietskörperschaften, von denen nicht weniger als 65 % der Zielvorgaben abhängen, zu neuen Antriebskräften des Wandels geworden. Städte wie Mannheim haben bereits inklusive Prozesse eingeleitet, um ihre Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung in Partnerschaft mit Bürgern, Unternehmen und der Zivilgesellschaft zu lokalisieren. Diese Veranstaltung bat die Gelegenheit, gemeinsam mit anderen mehr über die Erfahrungen von „Leitbild Mannheim 2030“ zu erfahren.
Im Rahmen des „Urban Thinker Campus“ hat die SPE-Fraktion ein #ProgressiveLocalLab veranstaltet. Ziel des „Progressive Local Lab“ war es, verschiedene Gruppen von Menschen zusammenzubringen, um bewährte Verfahren aus verschiedenen fortschrittlichen europäischen Städten und Regionen auszutauschen, zu erörtern, wie die Nachhaltigkeitsziele am besten auf lokaler Ebene umgesetzt werden können und wie ein fortschrittliches Netzwerk lokaler und regionaler Entscheidungsträger, insbesondere junger Politiker, aufgebaut werden kann, um für ein nachhaltigeres Europa vor Ort zusammenarbeiten.
Photo: Mannheim Paradeplatz - © Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH, Daniel Lukac / www.visit-mannheim.de
Christophe Rouillon is mayor of Coulaines, Vice-President of the Association of French Mayors with responsibility for Europe and since October 2019 President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions. A member of the European Committee of the Regions since 2005, from 2017 to 2019, he was the Group's 1st Vice-President. Rouillon studied Public Law and Political Science at the Universities of Sorbonne and Paris 2-Assas and holds a degree in Public Law from the University of Maine Le Mans. He also completed the Aspen programme for young politicians and postgraduate studies in European studies at the National School of Administration. In 2001, at the age of 34, he was elected mayor of Coulaines, and was reconfirmed in his position in the 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2014 local elections. As member of the CoR, Christophe Rouillon has been rapporteur on several key dossiers, including “Reconnecting Europe with its citizens: more and better communication at local level”, “Deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union” and “Towards a more efficient and democratic decision making in EU tax policy”.
Yoomi Renström has been mayor of the Municipality of Ovanåker (Sweden) since 2010 and is now President of the Municipal Council. She graduated from the University of Uppsala with a degree in Literature, Psychology, and Information and Communication, and studied educational Leadership at Dalarna University. She has been president of the district board of the Swedish Social Democratic Party of Gävleborg County between 2010 and 2015
Evelyne Gebhardt has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1994 and has been one of the European Parliament's Vice-Presidents from 2017-2019. At present, she is a member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and
Niall McNelis is Member of Galway City Council and the North West Regional Authority and in the past has been Mayor of Galway City. He is the Labour Party National Spokesperson on Tourism. He has been a CoR member since 2009. He is Governor of the Galway Mayor Institute of Technology. He is the Chairperson of “Lets Get Talking”, a Mental Health Charity.
Alissa Ghils Mendoza, Belgian-Mexican citizen, has worked as social protection consultant at the International Labour Organization (ILO); for the Social Protection European Union Expertise in Development Cooperation (SOCIEUX); and for international organizations managing development cooperation projects. She is currently Sustainable Development Officer at SOLIDAR, where she coordinates a project on development education. She is specialized in social policies, development cooperation and human rights, and has extended experience in managing EU and international projects and events.
Umberto Costantini, 31 years old, is since 2014 mayor of Spilamberto, a small municipality in the Emilia Romagna region. Under his mayorship, Spilamberto has adopted in 2018 the project 'Sustainable Spilamberto ', a set of actions that the community already put into practice and will continue to put into practice in the following months in order to reduce its ecological footprint. Thanks to these actions, Spilamberto is now one of the most virtuous municipalities in Emilia Romagna and in Italy. Umberto hold a degree in "Development and International Cooperation" from the University of Bologna.
Christophe Rouillon, President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions and Mayor of Coulaines (France)
Dr Peter Kurz, Lord Mayor of Mannheim (Germany) and member of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions
Moderator: Gwendolin Jungblut, The Leadership
Yoomi Renström, First Vice-President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions and Mayor of Ovanåker (Sweden)
Evelyne Gebhardt, Member of the European Parliament (Germany)