Atlantic Arc Cities

Since its creation in 2000 in Rennes (France), the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC) has the will to endeavour as an interface between Europe and the rest of the world.

Besides, CAAC declared in February 2017 that “the cooperation between our territories knows no disputes on physical or artificial borders. Our intention is to continue to work from one shore of the Atlantic Ocean to the other.” This will was confirmed in Viana do Castelo in April.

Atlantic cities indeed share common features that were used by the ATBrand project to define an Atlantic identity. It is thus not limited to Europe’s coastal regions but flows from north to south and from east to west; like the ocean that inspires it.

On the other hand, the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme is financed by the European Union and aims at fostering links between European cities and those all over the world. The programme helps local authorities to exchange best practices to resolve common societal and environmental challenges.

2016 and 2017 were pivotal years for the Atlantic network towards transatlantic and international cooperation. As a matter of fact, CAAC published several documents calling for a stronger cooperation between cities of the two shores of the Atlantic Ocean, especially with its Roadmap for transatlantic cooperation.

In addition, the Atlantic Urban Forum is already composed of European city members with numerous bilateral agreements and projects with Chinese, Latin American and North American cities. Hence, CAAC would be in position serve as a supporting organisation (like those that joined the Covenant of Mayors) for UIC, in order to facilitate cooperation and pairing between cities.

 

Martin Joubert

CAAC- European affairs

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