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The Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC) has been advocating the potential of cities and territorial cohesion since 2000. The members of the network have also implemented this philosophy through projects; in particular through European programmes such as URBACT. Launched in 2002, URBACT aims at promoting the sustainable and integrated development of cities by offering… » read more

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The title of the book “Cool Cities”, written by Benjamin Barber, plays with the different dimensions of climate change that can be tackled at local level and even the mood for doing it. It is thus, an integrated metaphor of the book itself. As a Political Science authority, Barber explains, in the first section of… » read more

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Gathered in A Coruña in 2015, the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC) decided to create an Atlantic Urban Strategy. This plan aimed to reinforce cooperation between the Atlantic Cities as well as their position and interests in European policies and Urban Agenda. The same year, the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) initiative was launched by… » read more

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Last July 2017, Mr José Maria Costa, President of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC), addressed a letter to the President of the French Republic, Mr Emmanuel Macron, about the Climate Change Summit that will be held next December 12 in Paris. Mr Costa praised this initiative and demonstrated the relevance of including a… » read more

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At “regulations” level Starting from the principle that “all is communication”, 500 pages of regulations are the first difficulty to convey the “structural” message. Language and titles are also important, above of all when working with different language and cultural contexts. Ex. Why do we call it “European fund for Maritime and Fisheries Affairs” instead… » read more

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Xavier Gizard, first Secretary General of the CAAC, called the Atlantic the “colporteur des Mondes” (Worlds’ Hawker). This metaphor hides many questions. Where does the Atlantic Arc begin and end? Which are its borders? Can we put limits to an ocean? The founding documents of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC) emphasize the need… » read more

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On 28 April, the city of Viana do Castelo organizes a seminar: EU maritime agenda: a territorial view in collaboration with European Committee of the Regions (CoR). During this event, working languages will be in English and in Portuguese. The event is a dialogue between Committee of the Regions Members, Sea representatives and citizens, which… » read more

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As you know, this year marks the beginning of a new European configuration that we cannot attend as witnesses; we must therefore act as citizens’ representatives. The President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, recently presented the White Paper on the future of Europe. The Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities intends to analyze it and contribute… » read more

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The Atlantic Arc is composed by the western territories of Europe, from Scotland to the Canary Islands. As a cooperation area, 2017 can be a very challenging year. While other levels of government are getting ready for negotiations, the local level has opted for a more practical stance, speaking about daily problems like governance, urban… » read more

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