Snippets from the Open European Day.

The Open European Day brought together European cities to talk about funding for adaptation and mitigation, to exchange their ideas and strategies in adaptation, and to discuss how they work with their limits. Cities, experts and organizations talked about what works, what does not and how to do better. Here are some snippets from the day:

Marco Cardinaletti, City of Ancona: “Before cities planned and waited for national governments and depending on the percentage of funds received went for implementation and tendering from the private sector. The process is no longer linear. We need to start including our stakeholders from the planning phase. The dialogue between public and private has changed and we need to incorporate that change.”

Brigit Hauptner, Infrastruktur und Umwelt: “It is important to start from existing products and/or sectors. Integrating all departments is a high aim. But you have to start with one. One project, person or even fund (on adaptation) and then you can build around it. “

Brigit Hauptner, Infrastruktur und Umwelt: “Cities normally think they are standing alone but they come to conferences and then they realize they are not standing alone. if cities fail then Europe will fail.”

Atanaska Nikolova, Deputy Mayor, City of Burgas: “The most part for us is to implement our policies. We want to but we are so dependent on external funding that we implement measures that  are priority for the European Commission or national governments first and that are not priority for us.”

Feedback for next year:

Lykke Leonardsen, City of Copehagen: “It is great when cities start talking with cities. Maybe next year we can skip the EU talk and talk more about cities.”

Brigit Hauptner, Infrastruktur und Umwelt: “We need more training workshops and what becomes more evident is the question of evaluating and monitoring. When we go towards implementing, then we have to think more about evaluations and monitoring.”

Holger Robrecht, ICLEI European Secretariat: “It is important that we continue to meet, because then we come like a family and it is only then that we can have frank and open discussions.”