At the center of the European Commission in Brussels on the 5th Cohesion Forum, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz acting as the Vice-president of the Euro-cities Association urged a new approach in reference to the financing of the European Cities.
- I am here because the Cohesion policy needs additional efforts from all of us to maximize the impact of our activities in spite of scarce resources. So far, we haven't adequately succeeded to introduce urban issues at the core of the Cohesion policy – said the Mayor of Warsaw, speaking to several prominent participants: Commissioners, Economists, Academics and Representatives of local government.
The issues raised by Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz affect millions of European citizens because the urban population consists of 75% of the EU population. The European cities utilize 80% of the energy consumption but produce 85% of the European GDP.
The Mayor of Warsaw urged to adopt a mandatory municipal fund.
- We need to invest where better and faster results can be yielded, where the integrated development will eventually happen, and where we can best face our societies' greatest challenges, in our cities - noted Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.
Thanks to the European donation, the second metro line is under construction, besides the “Czajka” waste-water and the North Bridge of Warsaw.