The Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC), together with the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), organised a consultation session on Urban Development.
72 % of the total EU population live in cities, towns and suburbs. Although the speed of transformation has slowed down, the share of the urban population continues to grow, and is likely to reach more than 80% by 2050. The concentration of consumers, workers and businesses in a place or area, together with the formal and informal institutions that are found in cities, makes urban areas more than just centres of population.
Urban policies vary greatly between Member States and only a few have dedicated ministries and ministers for urban affairs. An EU urban agenda could respond to several objectives. An EU urban agenda could serve to enhance the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of policies through better coordination of policies, actors and governance levels and a better understanding of urban development contexts in the conception and implementation of policies.
It is important that the Urban Agenda does not set too ambitious mechanisms that constitute an administrative burden on member states. Malta is willing to share knowledge and information and we strive to learn from other member states and cities.
The consultation session was held on Monday, October 12, at Europe House in Valletta.