A network of cities about the place of the citizens in local public policies
The Strasbourg Club aims at promoting European core values that are democracy, intercultural dialogue, respect for Human rights, including minorities, in local public policies. To this end, the Strasbourg Club works in close cooperation with the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.
A favourite place for exchanges and raising awareness of new behaviours
The annual meetings gather Mayors and elected representatives from member cities of the Strasbourg Club. These meetings are dedicated to exchanges between experts and personalities from the European Institutions on a topic of common interest. The annual meeting of the Strasbourg Club is also an opportunity to review the network’s work during the past year and to set up the Strasbourg Club’s objectives for the following year.
Past annual meetings: Local governance and citizen participation (2008), the commitment of cities in favour of Children’s Rights (2009), the integration of foreign residents and the Roma (2010), ethics and politics (2011), active citizenship (2012), the role of cities in reinforcing European citizenship (2013). This year, the annual Strasbourg Club meeting (3-5 November) will be dedicated to the topic of young people’s mobility in Europe.
Thematic committees bring together a group of cities interested in deepening the exchanges on a specific thematic. The committees play a fundamental role in the emergence of new projects
Five thematic Committees for the exchange of “good practices” and the preparation of new projects have been constituted:
- The Culture Committee: The cities of the Strasbourg Club met in 2005 around the topic of culture. A project-based dynamic was privileged and Strasbourg answered several calls for proposals from the European Commission within the framework of the Culture Programme. Thus, the projects “Animaliter” and “Et- Lettera” brought together nine and six member cities of the Strasbourg Club. Several cities participate regularly in an artist’s residencies programme that allows artists to work for two to three months in another city.
- The Rights of the Child Committee: At the end of the seventh meeting of the Strasbourg Club in 2009, the cities of the Club adopted a resolution, in favour of the Rights of the Child in the City. In this resolution, the partner cities recalled their action in favour of the promotion and protection of the Rights of the Child and committed themselves to offering their respective municipal councils to join the “child-friendly cities” initiative of UNICEF. http://www.villesamiesdesenfants.com/vae/accueil/var/lang/FR/rub/641.html
- The “Integration of the Roma population” Committee: the Cities of the Strasbourg Club met on October 14th 2010 to discuss the issue of the integration of the Roma populations within their respective cities. Following this meeting, the cities formulated a joint statement emphasizing the role of local authorities and creating a thematic Committee within the network. Since then, the cities of the Strasbourg Club have been invited to participate in the Summit of Mayors on Roma, during which they were able to share good practices and identify specific and innovative solutions faced by European communities in this field. As a conclusion of this Summit, an additional joint declaration was pronounced on September, 22nd 2011, by all the participating mayors, to reaffirm their commitment to better integrate the Roma populations in their territories. This summit was also marked by the proposal to establish a European alliance of cities and regions for the inclusion of the Roma. The alliance is currently in progress. http://www.roma-alliance.org/
- The « Green Energy » Committee: created in 2012 at the suggestion of the City of Graz, this Committee is steered by the Eco World Styria cluster, one of the most important clusters in the world in the field of clean technologies.* The aim of this Committee is to elaborate innovative collaborative projects in the field of “cleantech” in order to promote smart, sustainable, attractive and pleasant cities.
*according to the International Cleantech Network group ranking.
- The “Active citizenship, Culture of peace/ Peace education and Human rights” Committee was created in 2013 at the suggestion of the City of Rovereto. This Committee is steered by the “Opera Campana dei Caduti” foundation.
Meaningful and worthwile projects to reinforce the links between European citizens
- « Animaliter – The talking animals in illustration » (October 2007 – October 2009)
This project allowed nine European cities to exchange their views on the link between text and illustration through the theme of talking animals. In the framework of the European Union “Culture” programme, exhibitions, artist’s residencies programmes, conferences, workshops and professional exchanges have taken place.
- « Et lettera – writing pictures drawing words » (October 2010 – October 2012)
This project, conducted within the framework of the European programme “Culture”, is a continuation of the project “Animaliter” and focuses on the topic of letters, picture and learning to write.
More information on: http://www.etlettera.eu/fr
- HURRY UP – Human Rights Revisited by Youth in Europe! (September 2010 -June 2011)
Conducted within the framework of the European programme “Youth in Action”, this project has resulted in the creation of a network of young ambassadors for Human Rights and democracy in Europe on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. For this project, the City of Strasbourg received the “prix de la ville euro-citoyenne” attributed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to award cities which have contributed in promoting the European citizenship.
- Cities for You, Cities for Europe – CT4EU (September 2012 – November 2014)
With the support of the European programme “Europe for citizens”, this project aims at restoring confidence between citizens and their elected representatives both at the local and European levels. Seven partner cities are involved in this project, and several seminars and workshops have taken places, in order to share best practices with a special emphasis on young people and the utilisation of new technologies. The final meeting of this project, from November 3rd to November 5th 2014, will be the occasion for young people of Strasbourg and of our partners to address the conclusions of that project to Members of the European Parliament.
Sixty-one cities are now part of the Strasbourg Club:
Dresden, Stuttgart (Germany) - Bitola (Republic of Macedonia) - Andorra - Erevan (Armenia) – Graz (Austria) - Baku (Azerbaijan) – Brussels (Belgium) - Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - Plovdiv, Ruse, Sofia, Stara Zagora, Varna (Bulgaria) - Nicosia (Cyprus) - Split, Zagreb (Croatia) - San Sebastian (Spain) - Tallinn (Estonia) - Kutaisi, Tbilisi (Georgia) - Rethymno, Trikala (Greece) - Budapest, Debrecen, Miskolc, Pécs, Szeged (Hungary) - Rovereto (Italy) - Daugavpils, Riga (Latvia) - Kaunas, Vilnius (Lithuania) - Luxembourg City (Luxembourg)- Valletta (Malta) - Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow, Lodz, Poznan, Warsaw, Wroclaw (Poland) - Sao Bras de Alportel (Portugal) - Brno, Olomouc, Prague, Ostrava, Plzen (Czech Republic)- Arad, Bucharest, Iasi, Ploiesti, Timisoara (Romania) - Leicester (United Kingdom) - Vologda (Russia) - Bratislava, Košice (Slovakia) - Ljubljana, Maribor (Slovenia) - Belgrade (Serbia) - Geneva (Switzerland)
Five non-European cities are also part of this network as observers: Fes (Morocco), Kairouan (Tunisia), Oran (Algeria) Montreal and Quebec (Canada).
The Strasbourg Club is designed to expand and welcome all the cities that whish to share their experiences on these different themes.