A successful EU-CHINA Smart Sustainable Event in Brussels!

The EU-China Smart Sustainable Cities Event, 17 December 2019 in Brussels brought together around 40 actors involved in EU-China Cooperation on sustainable urban development. The event was divided in three sessions; One with key note speakers, one Workshop-style and the last part a combination of a reception and highlights.

Speakers topics were about the challenges and opportunities in EU-China within sustainable urbanisation. They shared important recommendations for implementation and cooperation and how it can contribute to implementing and localizing global agendas such as Agenda 2030 with its 17 SDGs, UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda, the Sendai Framework and others.

Christos Fragakis (EC, DG RTD) presented the future of the European framework programme and the European Commission’s ambitions in sustainable urban development with the launch of a dedicated mission and a partnership on urban transitions.

Roel Massink (City of Utrecht) highlighted the experiences of the City of Utrecht who is leading the EC funded Lighthouse project IRIS and how R&I projects can support and inspire public urban administration in their transition to urban sustainability.

JPI Urban Europe is one of the funding initiatives which has build up experiences in the collaboration with China. Johannes Riegler presented, most foremost, the joint call which JPI Urban Europe implemented with the National Natural Science Foundation of China and resulted in 11 Sino-EU projects.

The ambition of the EIT Global Outreach Programme: the cross KIC EIT China Hub which is soon to be opened in Beijing was introduced by Professor Mary Ritter. 

  • KIC participation: All 8 KICs and EIT
  • Objective: Establish EIT Community Hubs in Silicon Valley (San Francisco), Israel (Tel Aviv) and China (Beijing)





Vasileios Latinos from ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability presented the newly approved H2020 NBS Project REGREEN. The overall objective of the project is to promote urban liveability and accelerate the crucial transition towards equitable, green and healthy cities in both Europe and China. https://iclei-europe.org/

In the afternoon’s Workshop, the participants exchanged ideas and views on the main barriers and challenges, identifying important instruments for promoting change in on-the-ground EU-China cooperation on sustainable urbanisation.

For this part of the event, we used the www.mentimeter.com tool to collect views and ideas. Here are a few examples of what we received.


The evening reception was in good spirits of friendship and open innovation. The launch of our recent reports were announced by the Project Manager of UEC, Mr. Yu WANG.

The Award for EU-China Cooperation Excellence was handed over by Ms. Jessica HE from the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China to the City of Essen, represented by Markus Pließnig. 

We can conclude that this was another successful event arranged by the URBAN-EU-CHINA, this time in cooperation with the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities.

EVENT: EU-China Smart Sustainable Cities, Brussels 2019

We hereby have the pleasure to invite you to the EU-China Smart Cities Summit, 17 December 2019 in Brussels.

During this event, you will learn more about EU-China challenges and opportunities within sustainable urbanisation, and recommendations for implementation and cooperation. Chinese and European keynotes, experts and participants will share their solutions, achievements and success stories. You will be inspired by long-term city-to-city partnerships, and exciting, ambitious newcomers. And we will give you an outlook on new EU-China initiatives and opportunities to get engaged in this joint effort to take a global lead on making cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable (SDG11). Venue: NTNU Brussels office, Rue Guimard 9, 1040 Brussels.

Full program: 20191217_EU-CHINA-EVENT_Invitation&Program

To register, please click here.


Chinese Mission to Funchal & Las Palmas

Chinese Mission to Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) & Las Palmas (Gran Canaria, España)
中国代表团访问 丰沙尔(马德拉岛· 葡萄牙)拉斯帕尔马斯( 大加纳利岛· 西班牙)04-08 November 2019
2019 年11 月4 日至8 日

CIVITAS is a network of cities for cities dedicated to cleaner, better transport in Europe and beyond.  Since it was launched by the European Commission in 2002, the CIVITAS Initiative has tested and implemented over 800 measures and urban transport solutions as part of demonstration projects in more than 80 Living Lab cities Europe-wide.

In the framework of the Civitas DESTINATIONS project a mission of Chinese transport professionals to Funchal/Madeira (Portugal) & Las Palmas/Gran Canaria (Spain) is being organized between November 4-8 2019.

In DESTINATIONS project six European touristic sites -Funchal, Limassol, Rethymno, Elba, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Valletta- develop a set of innovative actions in order to implement sustainable mobility measures and actions with the view to offering intelligent sustainable transport solutions for tourists and residents alike through innovation and cooperation with all major stakeholders. These solutions aim to improve urban accessibility, the cost effectiveness and integration of transport services and to reduce emissions and energy consumption. DESTINATIONS builds up an integrated approach to address mobility and tourism, testing balanced strategies to face the rising challenges of these two growing sectors and to achieve sustainable development and a better quality of life in touristic cities.

Download the program here.

SURVEY – What do you think about our newsletters and website?

We are always eager to hear from our users and readers and aim to serve our community with interesting and valuable information.

This survey is addressed to interested stakeholders on website and newsletters of URBAN-EU-CHINA Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation. The selection of the website and newsletter as one of the most important URBAN-EU-CHINA activities for impact assessment analysis was approved by the management board and advisory board at the 3rd URBAN-EU-CHINA event cluster held in Beijing in September 2018.

Please read more and answer the survey here! 

The URBAN-EU-CHINA Powerhouse Competition 2019 is now open for applications!

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED (15 Nov 2019). Candidates will be published shortly.

Are you involved in a great Europe-China city-city partnership? Would you like to be recognised for your efforts?

The URBAN-EU-CHINA project is running a Powerhouse Competition to identify

UEC Powerhouse Application

and promote the best examples of Europe-China city-city partnerships which focus on sustainable urbanisation, read more and apply here!

The deadline for applications is Friday 20th September 2019, please send your completed applications to powerhouse@urbaneuchina.eu or fill out the application form online.

If you have any questions, please write to us:  powerhouse@urbaneuchina.eu



Overall programme will be as follows:
03 December: EU-CHINA Smart City Summit & UEC Powerhouse Competition Award Ceremony, Beijing
04 – 05 December: Smart City study trip  2019, Wuhan
The summit and the guided city tour will provide the European Smart City Lighthouse cities and industry partners with the unique opportunities!
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Celebrating three years of URBAN-EU-CHINA Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation, 17 – 18 DECEMBER 2019, BRUSSELS!

On 17-18 December, the URBAN-EU-CHINA platform invites you to Brussels to celebrate the finalisation of its first three years, with keynote speeches of distinguished Chinese and European urban decision makers, workshops on R&I priorities for EU-China cooperation, awards for city-city partnerships, launch of the most recent reports, etc.

This makes the URBAN-EU-CHINA events to be the ideal arena for engaging policy makers, national authorities, industries, cities, academia, civil society and other stakeholders in order to create more sustainable cities.

Venue: NTNU Brussels office, Rue Guimard 9, 1040 Brussels.

The preliminary draft of the program looks like this:

17th Dec 2019: EU-CHINA SMART CITIES EVENT; EU-China City-to-City Partnership awards ceremony, Final reports launch, keynote speeches plus parallell Workshops

Click here for the full program.

18th Dec 2019: UEC Management Board, Consortium and Advisory Board meetings.

(This event is a co-operation between URBAN-EU-CHINA Platform and EIP SCC European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities) Please register your attendance underneath.

Registration page for the event is hereby launched!

The call for UEC City-to-City Cooperation Award is now closed and the candidates will be published soon.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us! coordinator@urbaneuchina.eu

Successful EU-China Forum 17 May

On May 17th, the 2019 EU-China Forum on Urban Scientific Research and Innovation Industry Development(hereinafter referred to as the “EU-China Forum”) was successfully held in Tianjin Meijiang Convention and Exhibition Center. In cooperation with the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, the forum was organised by China Center for Urban Development(CCUD),Tianjin Binhai New Area People’s Government, Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe and EUROCITIES, and was co-organized by Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee.

The 2019 EU-China Forum on Urban Scientific Research and Innovation Industry Development was a great success!

On May 17th, the 2019 EU-China Forum on Urban Scientific Research and Innovation Industry Development(hereinafter referred to as the “EU-China Forum”) was successfully held in Tianjin Meijiang Convention and Exhibition Center. In cooperation with the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, the forum was organised by China Center for Urban Development(CCUD),Tianjin Binhai New Area People’s Government, Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe and EUROCITIES, and was co-organized by Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee. The forum was also given strong support from Delegation of the European Union to China, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, “Horizon 2020” Urban-EU-China Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanization and Sino-Swedish Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre.

Themed by Intelligent Economy Leads Urban Development, the forum invited more than 500 European and Chinese city representatives, experts, high-tech and corporate leaders to discuss and exchange ideas around urban development of scientific research and innovative industry. The forum aimed to deepen China-EU cooperation in the fields of trade, finance, scientific research and innovation and high-end equipment manufacturing, so as to achieve the win-win results based on mutual benefit and mutual assistance. The forum mainly included four parts including the opening ceremony, keynote speech, release ceremony and high-level dialogue.

Welcoming remarks at the opening ceremony were delivered by Zhou xiaofei, Vice Secretary general of NDRC, Philippe Vialatte,Minister-Counsellor of EU Delegation to China, Shi Yulong, Director General of the CCUD and Zhang Yuzhuo, Member of Standing Committee of the Municipal Party Committee of Tianjin and Secretary of Binhai New Area.

Zhou Xiaofei, Vice Secretary-General of NDRC

Deputy Secretary-General Zhou Xiaofei said,centering on urbanization and industrial development, this forum explored a new development model of “Intelligent Economy Leads Urban Development” and the combination of technological innovation and new economic forms. The impact of this forum would be impressive and far-reaching.

Derek Vaughan, Vice Chairman of EU-China Friendship Group of the EU Parliament

Vice Chairman Derek Vaughan proposed that more people should be involved in the process of urbanization, so that residents could offer suggestions for the communities in which they lived. He also stressed the important role of urbanization in the international cooperation. He believed that with the “urbanization diplomacy” approach and through mutual leaning, the experience in advancing urbanization could be shared, mutual understanding could be promoted and a better urban planning and management could be in place so as to achieve the sustainable urban development.

Philippe Vialatte, Minister-Counsellor of EU Delegation to China

Minister-Counsellor Philippe Vialatte believed that urbanization was the most promising aspect of EU-China cooperation and research and innovation were important channels to overcome the emerging problems and challenges in the process of urbanization. In order to stimulate the fruits of EU-China urban scientific research and promote the effective application. we should think outside the box and enhance policy communication between China and Europe.

Shi Yulong, Director General of the CCUD

Director General Shi Yulong believed that, in exploring urban development driven by industrial innovation, China and Europe should rely on EU-China Urban Partnership and other cooperation platforms such as the “Belt and Road” Sustainable Cities Alliance to have an in-depth understanding of the needs of cities and enterprises in both sides and share the practice and experience in intelligent and sustainable urban development. He also said the two sides needed to work together to deepen the EU-China urbanization cooperation.

Zhang Yuzhuo, Member of Standing Committee of the Municipal Party Committee of Tianjin and Secretary of Binhai New Area

Secretary Zhang Yuzhuo said that a number of cooperation projects had been carried out between Chinese and European cities, and progress had been made in areas such as development strategy, urban spatial arrangement and intelligent transportation. He also mentioned that, relying on the platform of EU-China Strategic Urban Partnership, we should continue to expand and deepen China-EU pragmatic cooperation, promote sustainable urban development and strive to find common ground, so as to build Tianjin into a prosperous, livable, intelligent and sustainable modern coastal city.


Keynote speeches were delivered by Li Tie, Chief Economist of China Center for Urban Development(CCUD), Charlotte Roule, Vice Chairman of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, Andreas Hube, General Manager of SAP Global & China Office and Yan Jun, Chairman of AIpark. Annemie Wyckmans, Associate Dean of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, introduced the progress of the EUChina Urban Research and Innovation Lab.

Launching Ceremony of projects of EU-China cooperation on sustainable urbanization.

During the forum, the release ceremony included four cooperation projects including the “Horizon 2020” Urban-EU-China Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanization and the city matchmaking events under the “Horizon 2020” EU-China Sustainable Urbanization. Also, Deyang Resilience Strategy Implementation Plan was also unveiled, and it was China’s first City Resilience Strategy Implementation Plan.

High-level Dialogue:  Industrial Innovation and
Urban Development

In the High-level Dialogue themed by Industrial Innovation and
Urban Development, discussion was made by panelist including
Gai Lin, Secretary-General of the EU-China Friendship Group of European Parliament, Philipp Agathonos, Counselor of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing, Zhang Zhenshan, UNHabitat Programme Manager for ChinaMargit Noll,

Chair of the Management Board of JPI Urban EuropeChen Jin, Professor at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management and Director of Research Center for Technological Innovation of Tsinghua University,Baron Steven von Kohorn,Co-founder and Chairman of London StemLife Co., Ltd. 

On the afternoon of May 17, two parallel events, namely, EU-China Seminar on Sustainable Development and EU-China City-Industry Partnership Seminar were held. At the EU-China Seminar on Sustainable Development, many experts and scholars from both China and Europe discussed under the topic of “Construction of Resilient Cities in the EU and China” and “The Future of EU-China Smart Cities”. At the EU-China City-Industry Partnership Seminar, CCUD and EUCCC jointly released the Manual on the Business Environment of EU-China Advanced Manufacturing Park in Tianjin and Policies Research Report. The report offered recommendations on enterprise support policy and the  optimization plan for the construction of the Manufacturing Park. During the events, experts, scholars and entrepreneurs from both China and Europe, through intensive discussion, highly appreciated China and Europe’s confidence and determination in the process of optimizing the business environment and had high hopes on the development of the park.

The success of this China-Europe Forum was in the implementation of the guiding principles of Tianjin’s economic and social development under the guidance of Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and the three key points initiated by Xi Jinping. The forum also gave full play to Tianjin’s important role as one of the first demonstration cities for China-EU regional cooperation. According to a responsible staff in the Tianjin Port Bonded Area Management Committee, the Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone,as a co-organizer of this forum, was accelerating the construction of the EU-China Advanced Manufacturing Park , implementing the “Horizon 2020” project and strengthening the exchange and cooperation between the bonded area and  European companies. The Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone was cultivating a new engine for the coordinated development of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei region, comprehensively promoting cooperation between Tianjin and Europe in the areas of regional cooperation, economic and trade cooperation and industrial investment and actively strengthening the cooperation between Tianjin and European cities in the field of sustainable development,so as to promote the common prosperity of cities in the Central Europe.

Dozens of media such as Xinhua News Agency, CCTV, China National Radio, Economic Daily, China Daily, Xinhuanet, Sina.com and Caijing.com reported the event.

The Construction of EU-China Urban Research and Innovation Lab Seminar in Tianjin, May 18

On the morning of May 18th, the project team of “Horizon 2020” Trans-Urban-EU-China held a seminar on the Construction of EU-China Urban Research and Innovation Lab in Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone. The event was organised by members of the platform, including the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the European Cities Alliance, the Israel Smart Cities Institute, the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe and China Center for Urban Development ; representatives of Tianjin municipal government agencies, business, community and project team experts also participated in the discussion in developing EU-China Urban Research and Innovation Lab. Over nearly five-hour discussion, the two sides analysed the venue for the Lab, exchanged ideas about the spatial quality needs of local stakeholders and came up with measures for improving the working and living physical environmental qualities of the laboratory.

Welcome speech at the Seminar on the Construction of EU-China Urban Research and Innovation Lab

Group Discussion at the Seminar on the Construction of EU-China Urban Research and Innovation Lab

Group Photo of Participants at the Seminar on the Construction of EU-China Urban Research and Innovation Lab

The EU-China Urban Research and Innovation Lab aims to promote the cooperation between China and the EU, jointly improves the quality of sustainable urbanization and commits to creating a better business and urban living environment for Tianjin Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Park and promoting industrial upgrading and innovation for cities. The “Horizon 2020” Urban-EU-China Innovation Platform aims to implement the Joint Declaration on the EU-China Partnership on Urbanisation signed by the EU and Chinese leaders in 2012 so as to promote cooperation among cities in China and Europe. The concerted efforts of China and the EU to promote the development of the Tianjin Port Bonded Zone aims to translate it into a model demonstration of cooperation for the common prosperity of China and the EU.

3rd International High-Level Forum on Sustainable Urban Development, July 2019, Chengdu

The Third International High-Level Forum on Sustainable Urban Development

Since reform and opening up, China has witnessed the world’s largest and fastest
urbanization process in history, which not only propelled extraordinary national economic growth and prosperity, but also contributed to the development of world economy. It’s a common desire for cities and countries to promote sustainable urban development so as to build a more vigorous, creative, inclusive and sustainable global economy.

During the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in May, 2019, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme(UN-Habitat) and China signed the joint initiative to host the International High-level Forum on Sustainable Urban Development, as the only one international forum in their cooperation. Held for two successive sessions in 2017 and 2018 in Chengdu, the previous Forums have gained a strong reputation as the place to be, to discuss the best practices in cities among the Belt and Road countries and the challenges and opportunities faced by the New-type Urbanization.

Under the guidance of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Third International High-Level Forum on Sustainable Urban Development is
convened by China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) and UN-Habitat and
generously hosted by Chengdu Municipal People’s Government on July 15-17, 2019 in Chengdu. The Forum themed by “Dialogue with the World for Green Development”, will again convene domestic and overseas city representatives, experts and business representatives to focus on the themes of garden city, child-friendly city, regional development, urban-rural integration, green finance, resilience, etc. The overriding aim is to achieving the targets of the 2030 Sustainable development Agenda, including contributing to global green development. We are committed to open development along the Belt and Road.

During the Forum, The First Belt and Road Sustainable Cities Alliance Roundtable will be held. The Alliance provides a mechanism for expanding best practices in sustainable urban development and builds a platform for the exchange among governments, cities and enterprises. In the same vein, the Third International Conference on Canadian, Chinese and African Sustainable Urbanization will be held in parallel during the Forum.

High-level policymakers, urban managers, leading experts, entrepreneurs and senior
media professionals at home and abroad will be invited to the Forum.


July 15
09:00-20:00   Registration
13:30-17:00   The Belt and Road Sustainable Cities Alliance Round-table
13:00-18:00   The Third International Conference on Canadian, Chinese,
African Sustainable Urbanization

July 16
09:00-09:50   Opening Ceremony, Welcome Speech, Opening Speech
09:50-10:50   Keynote Speech-Sustainable Urban Development under the Belt and Road Initiative
10:50-11:00   Launch of the Chengdu Sustainable Development Guideline
11:00-11:50   High-Level Dialogue
12:00-13:30   Lunch
14:00-15:30   Dialogue A1-Urban Clusters and Regional Coordinated Development
15:30-15:45   Tea Break
16:00-17:30   Dialogue A2-Rural Revitalization and Urban-rural Integration
14:00-15:30   Dialogue B1- Garden City and Livable Environment
15:30-15:45   Tea Break
16:00-17:30   Dialogue B2- Child-friendly City and Future City
14:00-15:30   Dialogue C1- Green Finance and Infrastructure Connectivity
15:30-15:45  Tea Break
16:00-17:30   Dialogue C2-Resilient Cities and Urban Transformation
18:00-20:30   Welcome Banquet – “Chengdu Night”

July 17
All Day Field Trip