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.