Joint organisers: German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations

This EUKN Policy Lab will explore the relevance of the New Leipzig Charter for cities, focusing on how German and Dutch cities deal with potential dilemmas related to two elements in the Charter: urban governance to ensure the common good and digitalisation. These aspects are more relevant than ever in the context of global challenges such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Policy Lab has three main objectives:

  • Exploring sustainable urban development for and with cities, as called for and supported by the New Leipzig Charter and the Urban Agenda for the EU
  • Discussing the various elements of the New Leipzig Charter and how they become manifest in local approaches to ensuring the common good and digitalisation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Allowing knowledge exchange and peer learning between cities and citizens, with a particular focus on German-Dutch city partnerships and networks