On January 30 and 31, 2019, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MDRAP) hosted the first meetings of the Task Force for the Renewal of the Territorial Agenda 2020 and, respectively, of the Urban Agenda Technical Preparatory Group, which were held under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Task Force for the Renewal of the Territorial Agenda 2020 (TFTAEU) was established under the Bulgarian Council Presidency with the purpose of furthering the Territorial Agenda 2020 revision that was launched in 2018.
According to the priorities undertaken by Romania, the outcomes of the previous Council presidencies will be taken over and developed under PRES RO 2019, so as to correlate the Territorial Agenda 2020 with other EU or international initiatives and thus achieve a common vision.
The meeting of the Urban Agenda Technical Preparatory Group (UATPG) focused on strengthening the development and implementation of the Urban Agenda for the European Union. The debates were aimed at identifying improvement proposals for the implementation of the Urban Agenda, at furthering the Agenda and at supporting partnership activities. The UATPG meeting was subsequent to the meeting on the renewal of the Territorial Agenda, a running order that must be looked at in the light of the fact that regions and cities need to develop their cooperative capacity in policies connected to the future of EU citizens. At the same time, the partnership model fostered by the Urban Agenda of the European Union is an opportunity to build European cohesion by stimulating cooperation between local authorities, national administrations and the EU institutions.
The participants also debated on the objectives and on the topics of the Bucharest Declaration, a document that will be adopted at the Meeting of the Ministers Charged with Urban Development, to be held in Bucharest in June 2019. The two gatherings were attended by experts representing the Member States, the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, ESPON, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions and EUROCITIES.