EUI Peer Review in Kalisz towards a 15-minute-city strategy

On 31 January – 1 February, I participated at the third EUI Peer Review event in Kalisz, Pleszew and Ostrów Wielkopolski in Poland. As an EUI expert, Levente has been co-coordinating the knowledge exchange process between the municipalities of Bergamo (IT), Cluj-Napoca (RO), Fundao (PT), Igoumenitsa (GR), La Rinconada (ES) and Maia (PT), supporting the design and implementation of the Sustainable Urban Development strategy of Pleszew (PL).

At the event, I moderated a series of workshops, collecting knowledge and experience from the peer cities to inform Pleszew’s actions towards revitalising the town’s centre, attracting youth and young families, working better with villages in the agglomeration as well as further developing the 15-minute city concept.

The European Urban Initiative launched its Peer Review series in 2023, in order to pool municipal officers’ expertise and know-how from across Europe, in order to support small and medium-size municipalities in their strategic planning. As part of the Peer Review programme, a set of Cities Under Review and Peer Cities are selected through an open call and matched according to the challenges identified. After Peer Review events in Thessaloniki and Coimbra in 2023 and Kalisz in 2024, another series of events are planned for 2024.

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