AIVP collaborates with the Committee of the Regions
Philippe Matthis, President of AIVP, participated in a workshop on the regeneration of port cities and port areas organized jointly by the Committee of the Regions and the Permanent Representation of Malta in Brussels on 16 May 2017.
AIVP has been invited to contribute to the debate, the aim being to rethink the constantly changing city-port relationship, and identify potential synergies in the fields of economic, energy, environmental and societal development.
This working group gathered, among others, testimonies from cities, port authorities and terminal operators.
Philippe Matthis underlined three major challenges in the development of today’s port cities,. These three key priorities for the future, also aim to deal with global environment issues and their implications for port cities:
- Challenge #one: transforming city-port interfaces and former port sites
- Challenge #two: dealing with the consequences for port cities of current changes to the maritime, port and logistics industries
- Challenge #three: port city governance and the place of citizens in the new city-port relationship
This workshop made it possible to raise the attending European Commission members’ awareness on the specific problems encountered by port cities in the Union. The European Commission shall consult the Committee of the Regions (CoR) at the earliest stage of the European legislative process in policy areas which directly concern local and regional authorities. The CoR also has the right to take a stand on its own initiative on a specific subject by an advisory opinion.
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