Taavi Aas: cities of the future will increasingly engage citizens in decision-making

Mayor of Tallinn Taavi Aas signed a joint declaration of more than 145 major cities across Europe declaring an increasing need for citizens’ engagement in making future decisions.

According to Aas, the EUROCITIES Annual Conference “Creative competitive cities” that kicked off yesterday mainly focuses on how to join different city communities more effectively through culture and on how to improve the communication between different social groups.

“The declaration signed today emphasises an increased need to engage our citizens in the discussions concerning the future,” said Aas. “It is collectively acknowledged that all cities have attempted to try out different forms of participatory democracy through creative thinking and social innovation in order to support traditional representative democracy. This is especially relevant for issues such as climate change, but also social coherence, housing economics and employment,” added Aas.

EUROCITIES is the biggest and most powerful organisation joining major cities across Europe and has 145 member cities. Tallinn is a EUROCITIES member as of 1998 and was elected to the management board of the organisation in 2017. Tallinn was also chosen as the organiser of the EUROCITIES cooperation platform that takes place in May 2019.