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.

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