The theme of the 51st ERSA congress, which took place in Barcelona between 30th August and 3rd September, was “New challenges for European regions and urban areas in a globalised world”.
Piet Rietveld is a professor of transport economics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and a fellow of the Tinbergen Institute. He is a leading researcher in economic geography. His current research is focused on transport and regional development, valuing the quality of transport services and the economics of public transport.
The EIB-ERSA Prize for regional science was created to recognise the outstanding contribution of scholars to the advancement in regional science and in related spatial studies. It is awarded on the recommendation of an independent jury of six eminent regional scientists, four from Europe, one from the Americas and one from the rest of the world. Prizes have been awarded since 2003, last year, it went to Roberto Camagni from Politecnico di Milano.
EIB President Werner Hoyer addressed the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), composed of the economics and finance ministers from all member states, following the conclusions of the Wise Persons Group assessment on current European financial architecture for development.
At the International Economic Seminar organised by Tor Vergata University of Rome at Villa Mondragoneon 25-27 June, the VP addressed a large network of economists and experts that meet every year to discuss sustainable development and global issues. He presented EIB Group’s role and activities in fostering EU’s cohesion and growth and new initiatives to tackle current challenges such as climate change and mass migration.
Europeans are heading for the cities. By the end of this century, 9 out of 10 of them will live in an urban area. But what kind of city will they call home? The EU’s Urban Agenda helps shape the future of cities and urban areas. The Agenda is a multi-level working method to stimulate growth, liveability and innovation in the cities of Europe and to identify and successfully tackle social challenges.