In the first half of 2016, the Netherlands held the Presidency of the EU Council. ECF has participated to a wide range of events as part of our advocacy work, and our focus was on including citizens and culture in the Urban Agenda for the EU.

Some outcomes

  • During the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council, we launched the Build the City Manifesto, which then developed into the Build the City Magazine, in collaboration with a.o. Eurocities, our Connected Action for the Commons programme, CAE, and Pakhuis de Zwijger. This publication was widely disseminated, highlighting models of civic-public partnerships to inspire the Urban Agenda for the EU, launched in May 2016 where “the potential of civil society to co-create innovative solutions to urban challenges” has been integrated in the Pact of Amsterdam.
  • In the framework of the Europe by People programme, we have worked with a wide range of partners in organising a series of events on democratic and cultural renewal in Europe from a citizen’s perspective, to raise awareness, reflection and practice exchange. Events included:
    • the New Democracy series and the City Makers Summit at Pakhuis de Zwijger, with a.o. our Idea Camp R&D grantees and Connected Action for the Commons Hubs as speakers,
    • the Public Space series - in cooperation with ARCAM and Pakhuis de Zwijger,
    • a series of events on Art, Design and Society, with the Holland Festival, Boekman Stichting, and Kunsten’92
    • In Search for Europe, a performance by Lucas de Man
  • We have also hosted and partnered in high-level events such as the 2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture, which took place at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam, the EFC conference, the Forum on European Culture: Re-Creating Europe, as well as the ECFR Council meeting

A more detailed list of events is available below: