Cities Forum 2025: the call for host city now open!

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The upcoming 6th edition of the Cities Forum in 2025 is looking for a dynamic host city. This is a unique opportunity for cities to contribute to key discussions on the urban dimension of Cohesion Policy and to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable urban development. All interested EU cities are invited to apply.

The European Urban Initiative (EUI) is launching this call for applications to all EU cities with the capacity and enthusiasm to support the organisation of the next edition of the Cities Forum. It aims at selecting a city to host the event in 2025. The Cities Forum is the key European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) event focusing on the urban dimension of EU Cohesion policy and EU level initiatives supporting sustainable urban development.

  • Application period: the application window is open from 4 April 2024 to 13 May 2024, 14:00 CEST.  The background document for applicants and application package are available on the call page
  • Application process: cities must submit their applications via an online form, detailing their ability and enthusiasm to host the event
  • Selection process: the EUI Permanent Secretariat will evaluate the applications received, the European Commission - DG Regio will then shortlist candidates for final selection at the meeting of the Directors General for Urban Affairs on 26 June 2024

Top reasons to host the Cities Forum 2025

  • Showcase your city: hosting is an important opportunity to highlight your city's special features and contributions to sustainable urban development.
  • Contribute to key discussions: play an active role in essential discussions on the urban dimension of EU Cohesion policy.
  • Gain EU recognition: raise the profile of your city on the European stage and draw attention to its urban development achievements and aspirations.
  • Expand your network: build valuable connections with urban policy-makers, practitioners and stakeholders across Europe, strengthening your city's network and knowledge base.

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