The CoR opinion on the renewal of the Leipzig Charter
- The CoR opinion on the renewal of the Leipzig Charter
was adopted during the October 2020 plenary session.
- Today, the New Leipzig
Charter is of undiminishing relevance, in particular to fostering urban sustainability
after the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need to develop soft mobility or new organisation of work in cities.
- Would you say that your opinion on the renewal of the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities is at the vanguard in proposing new development strategies for cities in the post-COVID-19 era and under the recovery plan?
- The New Leipzig Charter updates the needs of urban entities in the new global paradigm.
- Now that we have agreed on the EU's new long-term budget and the COVID-19 Recovery Plan, the Leipzig Charter demonstrates its undiminishing relevance to driving our cities towards a new era of sustainability, resilience and inclusiveness.
- The New Leipzig Charter was adopted at the informal meeting of ministers responsible for urban and territorial development on 30 November 2020.
- The renewed version considers the impact of health pandemics on cities and towns and the subsequent potential increase in territorial disparities.
- The renewed charter acknowledges that the surrounding rural areas offer important benefits for cities.
- The new version of the Leipzig Charter expressly recognises the importance of promoting "digital cohesion" in Europe, both for its citizens and for its territories.