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2 OPENCities OPENCities is based on a concept developed by British Council in collaboration with a network of European Cities, led by Belfast, including Bilbao, Bucharest, Cardiff, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Nitra, Poznan, Sofia and Vienna. The OPENCities (Europe) project is funded under the URBACT II programme and this project is led by Belfast City Council. It is a project that will explore how migrant workers can contribute to a city’s success. One of the objectives of OPENCities is to develop a common definition of openness for cities and to create an Index of Openness.

3 Key Aspects European Commission - Fast track project OPENCities has a 30 month time frame Start date of 24th December 2008 end date May 2011 With an additional three month period for completing all administrative and financial aspects of the project

4 Project Objectives Main objective of the project is to identify what makes a city attractive to international populations and to develop practical strategies tackling economic and social integration issues, which can help cities better attract and retain international populations thus contributing to their improved competitiveness.

5 General project objectives Develop and maintain effective project and co-ordination mechanisms Facilitate the exchange and learning process to contribute to improved learning and understanding of OPENCities dynamics Support local engagement and action planning to deliver practical results Ensure full participation in capitalisation process (URBACT events – attendance by Lead Partner at thematic poles, fast track meetings etc) Promote and Disseminate OPENCities concept, information and results Develop OPENCities benchmarking tool

6 Concrete Outputs 1.Management and procedures manual 2.Work programme 3.Monitoring and progress reports 4.Template for thematic workshops 5.Thematic Workshop Reports 6.Think Pieces and Policy Concept Notes 7.Terms of Reference and Workplan for Local Support Groups 8.Templates for Local Action Plans 9.Pilot Projects Proposals 10.Case Study (examples of best practice) 11.Monitoring Reports on Implementation of Local Action Plan 12.Index/Benchmarking Tool/ Kitemark 13.Contributions to EUROCities Economic Migration Working Group to Influence National and EU Policies 14.Information Materials for URBACT OPENCities web portal

7 Involvement of Managing Authorities To examine the implications of the findings of this project for regional structural funds programmes and wider regional policy on economic development; To provide the link between cities and regional/national policy makers to disseminate the information resulting from the project; To exchange experiences and best practice on mainstreaming Urban issues into Operational Programmes; and, To develop a network of Managing Authorities that can exchange experience and best practice on general programme delivery issues.

8 Local Support Groups – makeup and operation The establishment and participation of Local Support Groups (LSG) and preparation of Local Action Plans is an integral part of the URBACT II programme, not only in terms of the dissemination of results, but also in relation to production of practical action plans. The OPENCities partners have a key role to support the animation of the LSGs and their participation in the thematic network. Each LSG must agree a Term of Reference and Work plan for the operation of their Local Support Groups and produce regular activity and progress reports.

9 Local Action Plans A template for a Local Action Plan has been agreed with input from the projects lead Expert. These plans will link into city marketing and internationalisation strategies, and will seek to include and attract skilled migrant workers. Local pilot projects will be identified and developed based on peer review learning and financial support will be sought from European Structural Funds to mainstream best practice in supporting these initiatives aimed at economic and social inclusion.

10 The basic building blocks of OPENCities Belfast (launch conference) - Jan 2009 Thematic workshops: 1 Cardiff – June Dusseldorf – Nov Poznan – June Sofia – Sept Bucharest – Nov Nitra – Jan 2011 Brussels (closing conference May 2011) Six thematic workshops over the 30 month to explore key themes 1 Leadership & Governance 2Internationalisation 3Integration & Inclusion 4City Index 5Action Plans & Pilot Projects 6Benchmarking and next steps


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