Paris, July 2016 – Congratulations to the five cities that were elected new members of the Executive Committee at the General Assembly, held on 27-28 June in Setubal (Portugal). These are: Amadora, Portugal (pop. 175,000), Düsseldorf, Germany (pop. 604,000), Gdansk, Poland (pop. 460,000), Malmö, Sweden (pop. 300,000), and Riga, Latvia (pop. 696,000). The mandates of the cities of Aubervilliers (France), Augsburg (Germany), Charleroi (Belgium), Lisbon (Portugal), Nantes (France), and Saragossa (Spain) were renewed. The city of Munich did not wish to renew its mandate. All the cities that were candidates were elected unanimously.
Part of the Greater Lisbon, Amadora is mainly a residential city even though it is the seat of numerous international companies. A member of Efus since April 2015, it has notably developed a project called ‟Do not feed rumour” as part of the European C4i-Communication for Integration campaign, co-funded by the Council of Europe and the European Commission. Amadora is also part, since 2010, of the ‟Making Cities Resilient” campaign of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
Düsseldorf is the seventh most populated city in Germany and the capital of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is a major economic centre, particularly dynamic in trade and finance. A member of Efus since 2009, it is a partner of the LIAISE 1 and 2 projects on preventing and fighting against radicalisation, and has been a partner of Democracy, Cities and Drugs II.
A major port on the Baltic Sea, Gdansk, whose shipyard was the birthplace of the Solidarnosc movement in the 1980s, plays a major role in the economy of Poland. With a rich historic and cultural heritage, it is also a tourism hotspot. A member of Efus since 2013, it will host a conference on smart cities at the end of 2016.
Malmö is the third largest city of Sweden and the economic capital of the southern part of the country. Host to one of Sweden’s largest universities (15,000 students), it is an innovative city that is resolutely engaged with new technologies, sustainable development and fair trade. A member of Efus since September 2014, it is a partner in the LIAISE (1 and 2) project.
The capital of Latvia, a small Baltic country of only two million inhabitants, Riga is keen to develop tourism as a key economic sector. A member of Efus since 2016, it is particularly interested in the topics of security & tourism and nightlife.