Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities
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LEIPZIG CHARTER ON SUSTAINABLE EUROPEAN CITIES – it is a document of the EU member states (adopted at the informal ministerial meeting on 24-25.05.2007, Leipzig). L.Ch. emphasizes that cities are valuable and irreplaceable economic, cultural and social goods, they have strong mechanisms of social integration and exceptional opportunities for economic development. They are centres of knowledge and innovation. Demographic problems, social inequality, exclusion of certain population groups, lack of suitable and affordable housing, and ecological problems occur in them. The parties drew attention to the necessity to coordinate sectoral policy at all levels of government and among them and the need for an integrated and professional approach to urban planning. In L.Ch. the following recommendations were adopted: the use of an integrated approach to urban development policy on a larger scale; creating and providing high-quality public spaces; modernization of infrastructure networks and improvement of energy efficiency; active innovation and education policy; drawing attention to the poorest districts in the context of the city as a whole; implementation of the quality strategy of the physical environment; strengthening the local economy and labour market policy; planning an efficient and cheap urban transport. Signatories of the L.Ch. note that urban development policy should be determined at the national level, which in cooperation with other levels of government should provide innovative incentives. In May 2016, the Amsterdam Pact establishing the EU Urban Agenda was adopted at the informal meeting of ministers of the EU member states for urban development [ I. Macek ].
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