Why We Acted
Major challenges faced the EU; demographic trends, climate change, biodiversity challenges and the need for sustainable growth - all requiring strategic approaches.
These couldnt be addressed using entirely local or bottom-up approaches. EU policies demanded greater public engagement to increase inclusion, strengthen territorial cohesion and deliver sensitive development meeting local needs.
Cities in northwest Europe faced similar issues to one another as funding was scaled back and urban centres became increasingly in need of green growth investment. Skilled people were encouraged to stay in our cities and to stimulate investment from business.