The Network The Profile of the City – Basic indicators of Quality of Life, constituted by 14 medium-sized Catalan cities and coordinated by Terrassa, has been recognized with the European label URBACT Good Practices between a set of 97 examples of good practices and chosen from among 270 proposals presented by 219 cities in 29 countries.
The initiative consists in the design and application of a methodology to measure the quality of life and sustainability of European medium-sized cities. It is based on the creation of a network of observatories connected internationally to European partners that work in the development and application of tools, methodologies and indicators to measure the quality of life and welfare of the cities and their citizens.
Next October, the selected projects will be able to participate in a meeting in Tallinn (Estonia), where they will have the opportunity to share their examples of good practices with other European cities.
The fact of having achieved the recognition of the European label URBACT Good Practices will allow the network and especially Terrassa (being chosen is a necessary condition) to have the possibility of being able to submit to future calls for proposals of URBACT, exchange and learning for the promotion of sustainable urban development that allows cities to work together in the search for solutions for the great urban and social challenges.
The candidature has been managed by the International Relations Service of Terrassa City Council.
Profile of the City Website:

To finance projects of prevention and fight against anti-Semitism, against hatred and Islamophobia, xenophobia and hatred of immigrants and projects that fight against other forms of intolerance. In the framework of the program of rights, equality and participation of the European Commission (EC), since 31 May opens this call which aims to provide financial coverage to these projects.
The call is open to public and private authorities. Some of the activities financed are: mutual learning and the exchange of good practices between Member States; support for victims; activities of training, awareness-raising and dissemination and activities to create a greater understanding between communities. The period starts tomorrow, on May 30th, and will be open until November 7th this 2017.

Link to the call: Fight against xenophobia

Picture by Carlos Sánchez in Hvar, Croatia

Four friends watching the stars a summer night on the island of Hvar, in Croatia. This is the photo that has won the first prize in the #Friends4Europe contest that was launched last April. The photo has stood out among more than 500 that have been featured in the contest and that illustrate the EU’s motto “United in diversity”.
Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme of the European Union, the representation of the European Commission in Barcelona asked the young people to send a picture with friends from all over. More than 500 young people responded to the call with images that are the reflection of a generation, the Erasmus generation, that lives and moves in a Europe without borders and has friends who speak different languages.

Picture of Laura in Denmark

Carlos Sanchez, @Caroluuuus on Instagram, is the winner of the first prize and blows a note of interrail for two people. The photo was made in Croatia, on the island of Hvar, with four friends looking at the stars on a clear August night. The two finalists have been Laura (@laura. cab) with a photo taken in Denmark and Jacobo Durán (@jacobodurandt), with a photo in Kotor, Montenegro, during a trip with friends that began in Austria and went through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro. The two finalists will receive an instant camera Instax.

Picture of Jacobo Durán in Kotor

In the choice of the winning photographs has participated the press team of the representation of the European Commission in Barcelona, responsible for marketing and social networks of Interrail and the youtuber Julen Hernandez.

The city of Terrassa, in the name of the urban system (which brings together eleven local municipalities), has participated in the last few weeks in two of the Eurocities network forums. The first, from March 29 to April 1, was the Forum of Culture in Tallinn, Estonia, and the second, of Economic Development (EDF), from 24 to 26 April in the Basque city of San Sebastian.

Forum of Culture in Tallinn

With 129 representatives of 65 cities, the objective was to share examples of innovative strategies in political processes and developing cultural and creative through the strengthening of the association. The Forum also presented as a goal the development of concrete tools and recommendations for the implementation of innovative models for a government cultural policy.
Some of the ideas that were developed were about develope innovative ways; about the citizenship as experts; about how to finance projects, and about the inclusion as the biggest challenge in the Governments of participation

Attendees at the meeting in Donostia

The meeting in the Basque city served to work to make cities more innovative in the attraction of talent, to promote entrepreneurship, strengthen local innovation ecosystem and to improve the work on branding (City Branding). Innovative cities for a competitive Europe was the title of the meeting. In addition to the representatives of the cities, there was the opportunity to hear the experiences of international organizations such as Harvard University, the OECD, the European Commission, as well as share best practices between cities in terms of innovation, talent and entrepreneurial spirit.
In the case of Terrassa, from January 2017 the city has one of the two Vice-Chairs of the Working Group of City Branding and Internationalization, a position shared with the city of Barcelona. The thematic axis in this meeting was the issue of how attract companies outside the European Union.

A delegation of the Mobility Area of the Terrassa City Council will visit before the summer of this year the Irish city of Galway to share and learn about sustainable mobility experiences. Through the service of European and international relations arose a few months ago the candidacy of the Urban System in Terrassa to apply for a study visit in the framework of the programme Civitas Satellite.

The Urban System in Terrassa includes eleven towns of the Vallès area, operating as a metropolitan area in the European network Eurocities. Candidacy detailed some of bets of Terrassa in recent years in the field of sustainable mobility, as the project Ambicia’t (public bicycle service), the development of a sound map of the city, a fleet of bicycles to students and teachers from the campus of the UPC and a project of shuttle bus to connect train station and polygons.
Terrassa also explained that last 2016 approved the Plan of Mobility (2016-2021), plan which, among other objectives, aims to reduce by 12% the use of vehicle in the city, as well as increasing the use of public transport and bicycle.

Human bike during the Week of Mobility in 2006 in Terrassa


Galway, Ireland




2017 is a year of anniversaries in Europe. Almost arithmetic, we celebrate 15, 30 and 60 years. Of what? 15 years ago we began to use the euro as a single currency. In 2002 were 12 countries, but now moves to 19 States, with nearly 340 million inhabitants and is the second most used currency in the world. 30 years ago we launched what is perhaps the most successful and well known program of the European Union, Erasmus, which already have benefited nearly five million young Europeans. But the most significant anniversary is the 60 years of the Treaty of Rome, the official kick-off of the current European Union.

Signature ot the Treaty of Rome on 25th March 1957 / AP

On 25 March 1957 Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany signed the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), and which have given rise to the current European Union. 

The heads of State and Government of the EU will meet tomorrow in Rome, where he will adopt a Declaration on the occasion of the anniversary. There will be also the presidents of the three institutions: Antonio Tajani, of the European Parliament; Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission; and Donald Tusk, of the Council of the EU.





Last European Seminar at the Catalan Parliament

The Catalan Council of the European Movement (CCME) held its annual general meeting yesterday, which served to renew Xavier Ferrer as President and Joaquim Millán as General Secretary. The role of the City Council of Terrassa is still important, as the representative of the municipalities in the Executive Committee.
The CCME is a plural and independent association formed by groups and people who develop activities in Catalonia to improve the idea of Europe. It is composed of a broad representation of the Catalan society: political parties, businesses and trade unions, municipalities, universities, economic, professional and academic associations that wants to be the reflection of the professional plurality, ideological and political of civil society in Europe. It’s a member of the international European Movement, created in 1948.

The CCME has organized many activities with the City Concil of Terrassa, like a concert, a conference about cultural traditions in the EU and many others. The CCME also gave an european award (Diploma d’Europa) to the public main library of Terrassa (Biblioteca Central de Terrassa).

Carmen Aalbers with Pere Montaña and Ton Estapé

Terrassa, with its urban system, is one of the eleven european cities that participate in the project SPIMA: an ambitious study that aims to analyze the features of each territory with regard to the planning strategic and management of themes cross in all the area. A few days ago, a researcher from the University of Wageningen (Netherlands), Carmen Aalbers, visited Terrassa to start the second phase of the project with five interviews with different actors who were able to make their contributions in their idea of metropolitan area from different perspectives and themes. The dutch university is giving shape to a study that seeks to identify the policies that allow better territorial cohesion and see what are the possibilities of each territory, with a vertical or horizontal dimension, and also taking into account the uniqueness of a territory very close to a big city like Barcelona.
The five interviews were with Mr. Pere Montaña (specialized in planning and urban development); Mr. Manuel Pérez (educational and social); Mrs. Dolors Puig (university and knowledge); Mr. Ignasi Cusidó (business) and Mr. Ignasi Giménez (politician). Mr. Ton Estapé, chief of the planning urban of the city of Terrassa was also during the interviews.
The Urban System of Terrassa includes Sant Cugat del Vallès, Rubí, Sant Quirze del Vallès, Vacarisses, Viladecavalls, Castellbisbal, Matadepera, Ullastrell, Rellinars i Sant Llorenç Savall, in an area of 348 km2. Other European cities participating in the project SPIMA are: Prague, Vienna, Lille, Brno, Turin, Lyon, Brussels, Zurich, Oslo and Akhersus.

At the end of March, the European Commission will host the start of the third edition of the European Capital of Innovation award, to choose the city that will be with Barcelona (2014) and Amsterdam (2016) in this exclusive ranking. This year, the new Innovation Capital will receive a prize of 1 million euros to expand its activities in this field, while the second and third classified will receive € 100,000 each. Registration can be submitted until 21 June 2017. The contest is open to cities of the EU member states or countries associated with the program of research and innovation in the EU Horizon 2020, and with more than 100,000 inhabitants.

The Terrassa City Council, this 2017, has organized the first edition of the Muncunill Innovation Awards, initiative with the aim of bringing innovation to the public, as well as recognize the work of those individuals, organizations or companies that have committed to innovation as a model for this comprehensive and applicable to our everyday life. In the first edition of the award by the European Commission, Terrassa was one of the 58 cities of the continent candidates. 

Link to the European Comission prize

“The TTIP, in fact, does not exist, because we are still working on it”. This is how the European Commission’s head of communications in Barcelona, ​​Mark Jeffery, began his presentation in Terrassa on a debate on the free trade agreement negotiated by the European Union and the United States since 2013. The event was organized by the Terrassa City Council through the services of European Relations and Economic Development, collecting a motion for a resolution submitted to plenary by the municipal groups TeC, ERC-MES and CUP so that citizens have more elements to understand such a complicated subject. The Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Industry and Employment, Miquel Sàmper stressed the need to “explain the current state of the issue and its possible future development”.
    The Vapor Universitari hosted the conference-debate, which served to put on the table points for and against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Jeffery defended that “without exports the crisis would be even worse. If we are coming out of the crisis it is because we export”. He also said that 30 million jobs in the European Union depend on this international trade. According to Jeffery, of English origin but settled in Catalonia for years, “we must respect the differences but promote the trade” and explained that the efforts in the negotiations are to improve issues such as sustainability (with environmental standards that are collecting), protecting investments or avoiding unfair competition. For this reason, he believes that some bureaucratic and direct obstacles must be eliminated, but “maintaining quality standards”.
A second part of the act was the debate that was established between the attendees and Jeffery. One of the doubts that emerged in the conversation was the lack of transparency in the process, especially from the United States, and the risk that multinationals will benefit more than SMEs at all. Jeffery pointed out that small companies will also be able to benefit from the TTIP, because “they will know where to find the tenders”, in addition to indicating that “in the USA there is also a strong presence of SMEs, so they are also interested in having a specific capital for their participation “.
Jeffery explained that, about the TTIP, “in the end, it will be a political decision”, but he put on the table what he believes are the alternatives: The first, “do nothing”, but he believes that there will continue to be obstacles “as tariffs, bureaucracy and barriers to new regulations,” while in many areas of the world “there are already bilateral agreements that make us less competitive from Europe.” The second is to maintain 28 national trade policies (one for each Member State), but detailed that, in fact, the European Commission can make proposals which, in the end, must be democratically endorsed by 28. Other alternatives would be a European trade policy and even a world one. 
The Deputy Mayor for Culture, Innovation and Projection of the City, Amadeu Aguado, closed the act indicating the need to have forums like this to “give an overview of the current state of the treaty, being negotiated for four years and with an end is still uncertain “. Aguado explained that, as a municipal group, the PSC “is against TTIP”, although he also pointed out that some of the doubts generated at the beginning are indeed being debated and incorporated into the negotiations, as the possibility that SMEs can remain competitive. The Deputy Mayor explained issues that still need to be improved, such as those relating to current intelligent ownership, the circulation of GMOs or the opening up of public sectors to private companies.

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