From February 22nd to 24th 2010 Barcelona hosted the European Summit of Local Governments, organised in the frame of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union.
This successful Summit included more than 120 speakers, more than 1200 participants from 42 countries, and the participation of 32 networks of local governments that represent 17500 governments.
In this Summit, with the title ‘Local Government in Networks for a New Europe’, local governments from all over Europe, European institutions, Member States and the private sector have come together to define the Barcelona Agenda. This political agenda has recommendations and proposals regarding the principal problems to be faced by these institutions in the near future. In the wake of previous contributions, such as the Bristol Declaration or the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities, this document intends to be an instrument that contributes to making progress towards a European Local Agenda.
The aim of the Barcelona Agenda is also to be taken into consideration by both the institutions of the European Union and its Member States, and all within the framework of the Lisbon Treaty. The main objectives of the Agenda are the encouragement of economic, social, territorial cohesion, and the promotion of multilevel governance.
Several European networks of local governments, such as CEPLI, have already taken a step forward and will adopt this Agenda at their General Assembly, in order to take on these proposals giving them an official s