Last week, Tallinn Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart participated in the political debate on cohesion policy and innovation as part of the European political summit „State of the Union 2022“ in Florence, Italy, to discuss the current and future needs of cities.
With Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion Policy and Reforms, the political debate discussed the importance of cohesion policy and funding, the role of cities as engines of growth in the green and digital transition and reducing social inequalities, and the role of European cities in the post-war reconstruction of Ukrainian cities. The meeting was also attended by Oleksandr Slobozhan, CEO of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, Anatoliy Fedoruk, Mayor of Butsha, Ivan Fedorov, Mayor of Melitopol, and via video link, Vitaly Klitchko, Mayor of Kyiv.
Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart said that European cities play a significant role in the reconstruction of Ukrainian cities after the war. "We need to be ready to contribute to this in the longer term, which is why it is important to map out our own capacities as well as the needs of Ukraine. This is to ensure that the help goes to those who most need it, and that it covers the most urgent necessities. To this end, the City of Tallinn has started working with the Association of Ukrainian Cities to find the best solutions together," said Kõlvart.
The network of major European cities EUROCITIES also held a board meeting in Florence on 6 May to elect its new Secretary General. Tallinn has been a member of the EUROCITIES network since 1998, and last year it was re-elected to the 12-member board.
EUROCITIES was founded in 1986 with the aim of strengthening the role of local authorities in European development and influencing EU legislation to better protect the interests of cities. The organisation has more than 140 full members from the European Union, Norway and Iceland and 45 member cities from other European countries.