URBACT is a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development . It counts 500 cities, 29 countries and 7,000 active participants. It is jointly financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and the Member States.
Building on the URBACT I experience, URBACT II has strengthened its capitalisation framework to consolidate and disseminate practical knowledge on sustainable urban policies. It has recently launched a capitalisation initiative which is exploring how cities can grow jobs for young people. As part of this they organised yesterday 21 October in Brussels an Evidence Hearing and have invited Philippe Vanrie, EBN's CEO, as expert witness . For EBN, this contribution was the "natural continuation" of the theme developed in our last Annual congress in Spain : stimulating Youth Entrepreneurship to generate jobs and build the future.
The organisers brought together a small number of key EU level actors falling into the triangular relationship of young people - employers and cities to reflect upon challenges and barriers and to exchange views on the role of cities.
Among the organizers, Ana Suarez Lena, from CEEI Bahia de Cadiz.
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