According to the twelfth Five Year Plan 2012-2017 issued by the Government of India Planning Commission, urban population in India is expected to grow from 388 million in 2013 to about 600 million for the year 2031. This is quickly growing urban population is expected to be concentrated in large cities and existing urban agglomerations, where urbanization continues at an unprecedented scale and will pose significant challenges in terms of urban planning, social integration, social infrastructures and public spaces.
Within the EU-India cooperation, the World Cities programme will prepare, run and evaluate three working meetings in India (2) and Europe (1). The programme will also launch a collaborative on-line platform (English) to facilitate the exchange of information and good practices between European and Indian cities or regions. The general aim of the programme is to provide technical assistance to Indian experts on u
In addition, the project focus should be concrete and operational, leading to concrete results and involve as much as possible stakeholders from both EU and India such as firms, public and private agencies, universities and research centres.rbanisation policy issues with the aim of fostering dialogue and exchange between the European Union and India. Experts will in turn be able to disseminate the knowledge gained within their professional sectors. World Cities should also support European technologies providers in relevant areas to the topics of the activities.
The key features of the World Cities programme are:
- Selecting up to four European and up to four Indian cities or regions for implementing twinning schemes during 2015 – 2016.
- Implementing one five-days working meeting in India for up to four European teams of five delegates each (up to 20 in total) chosen by the European cities/regions involved (in coordination with DG REGIO and GIZ). Details here.
- After six months of decentralised cooperation within the twinning schemes, one similar activity will be implemented in the European Union. The working meeting will be designed for up to four Indian teams of five delegates each(up to 20 in total) chosen by the dialogue partners in coordination with DG REGIO. Date: Second half 2015.
- After 2-3 months, a closing meeting will be run in India are designed for up to twelve European representatives (three per EU city) as well as for up to twelve representatives of the Indian cities involved. Date: First Quarter 2016.
- All activities will be designed to involve also representatives of business sector. Therefore, matchmaking B2B sessions will be proposed.
The programmes will provide Indian and European participants with valuable first-hand experience in regional development and sustainable urban development issues in both regions. During the one-week meetings, follow-ups and workshop activities, Indian and European delegates would be able to deal in depth with specific topics such as urban-rural linkages, low-carbon development and smart-city technologies. Experts should establish long-term working relations with the twinning cities and regions. The European regions and cities to be involved in the programme will be selected in coordination with the Delegation of the European Union to India.