EUROPE - All European capitals gather in Rome

Citizens' initiatives at the center of a meeting that  leads the first citizens of the European capitals  to Rome: from Helsinki to La Valletta, to discuss the future under the statue of Marcus Aurelius


They arrived by train and by plane, but tracing - ideally - the great consular roads, which for centuries have united the peoples of Europe to Rome. Ten mayors of the European capitals, and many other representatives of the city, have gathered at the Capitol on the day organized by “Rome the Capitale” to discuss the European Urban Agenda of October 1th.


This is the second time that this working group is meeting, the first meeting was in April, marking a joint project to be submitted to the European Commission. The capital cities- said the Mayor Ignazio Marino - are the closest political level to the citizens, and they must take a leading political role: to provide the citizens the opportunity to express themselves and to design and regain the lost spaces.


 Practically: sustainable mobility, health, waste disposal, urban redevelopment, immigration and culture,  space sharing. Mayors can do a lot by sharing experiences and talking as one voice to the European government. The European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, will participate at the meeting in the Giulio Cesare Hall.


Two emblematic cities like Rome and Paris, converse, united by an exclusive twinning. In spite of the economic crisis and the cuts that hinder public services, "the two capitals - write the mayors Marino and Hidalgo in a speech in the newspaper " La Stampa "- want to collect the challenge of listening to the citizens by offering them new ways of participation.