Forum of Cities of Solidarity: June 6th 2018

European Alternatives has long been committed to supporting social dynamics, citizens’ platforms and local governments in the construction of transnational networks and exchanges.  Cities are pioneering new forms of participatory governance throughout Europe. For more than five years, we have been supporting city representatives and citizens’ initiatives across Europe in sharing their experiences and innovative democratic practices.

As part of this work throughout Europe, on June 6th, 2018 we will be holding a Forum on Cities of Solidarity in the European Parliament

The goal of this Forum is to achieve a concrete step forward in establishing a direct connection between committed cities and EU Institutions, in order to build an alternative asylum and migration policy based on cities as main actor.

TRANSEUROPA 2017 – Gesine Schwan (former SPD presidential candidate of Germany), Piotr Kowalczuk (vice mayor Gdansk, Poland), Mauricio Valiente (Vice-Mayor Madrid), Juan Catalano (City of Palermo). Moderated by Daphne Büllesbach.


Wednesday June 6th, 2018. European Parliament. Paul Henri Spaak Building, Wiertzstraat 60, 1047 Brussel, Belgium

The meeting is convened together with Gesine Schwan (Initiator of Relaunching Europe bottom-up Manifesto), Leoluca Orlando (Mayor of Palermo), Mauricio Valiente (Vice-Mayor, Madrid), Elke Breitenbach (Senator of Berlin), Piotr Kowalczuk (vice mayor of Gdansk), and co-hosted by three MEPs from different political groups: Elly Schlein (S&D), Florent Marcellesi (Greens), and Marie- Christine Vergiat (GUE).

The Forum will be organised as a one-day meeting and exchange around three sessions.


11:00 Welcome and Introductions

11:30-13:00 First Session: Exchange of experiences, good practices and initiatives in Cities by mayors and city representatives

13:00- 14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:15 Second Session: Discussion with MEPs and Members of the European Commission focused on key points for a

Reform of Refugee and Migration policies on European level, e.g. the next Financial Frame 2021 to 2028

15:15-16:30 Third Session: Debate with representatives of the

European Commission, the Committee of the Regions and of the European Economic and Social Committee on a strategy directly involving cities as a recognised actor for a European reform

16:30-17:00: Closing and next steps



If you wish to participate as public, please send an email to before June 1st. 

Discover more here about our work on cities of change and solidarity.



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