Prague Summit of Cities

Cities are making their mark in the world - economically, culturally and politically. How will we continue to live, travel and spend our time in them? What is their role today as we face one crisis after another? How can we combat climate change and why are we, as cities, one of the most important actors in this area?

Prague Summit of Cities

Basic information

The Prague Summit of Cities is held on the occasion of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council with the participation of dozens of Mayors and other representatives of European and world metropolises. They will focus on the subject of Ukraine's post-war reconstruction and will also offer a common platform for discussion on the development of our cities.

The two-day event is further divided into two parts: the Pact of Free Cities Summit on Monday, Sept 26, and the 11th Direct Dialogue between EU Capitals Mayors and the European Commission on Tuesday, Sept 27.

Pact of Free Cities Summit: The annual meeting of the Pact of Free Cities will discuss practical assistance to war-affected Ukraine and aid to Ukrainian refugees. The organisation's activities over the past year will be reflected upon and the event will conclude with a ceremony to welcome new member cities (including, for example, Kyiv).

11th Direct Dialogue between EU Capitals Mayors and the European Commission: The key topic will be affordable housing and green urban restoration. However, the current situation in Ukraine and practical assistance to both Ukraine and cities affected by the refugee crisis will also be reflected in the dialogues. Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, will speak at the event. The event is supported by Eurocities.

Our Venue

Where

Prague, Czech Republic

When

26.09. - 27.09.2022

The Mayor’s Residence: Mariánské náměstí 1/98, 110 00 Praha 1 – Staré Město

Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP): Vyšehradská 51, 128 00 Praha 2 – Nové Město

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Speakers

Zdeněk Hřib

Mayor of Prague

Matúš Vallo

Mayor of Bratislava

Gergely Karácsony

Mayor of Budapest

Rafał Trzaskowski

Mayor of Warsaw

Vitali Klitschko

Mayor of Kyiv

Philippe Cori

Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Jan Lipavský

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Anni Sinnemäki

Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment, Helsinky

Frans Timmermans

Vice-President of the European Commission

Anna König Jerlmyr

Mayor of Stockholm

Monika Chabior

Deputy Mayor for Social Development and Equal Treatment, Gdansk

Ans Persoons

Deputy Mayor, Brussels

Peter Feldmann

Mayor of Frankfurt

Peter Tschentscher

Mayor of Hamburg

Ralph Seiffert

Head of Department for Education, Culture, Sports and Social Affairs, Neu-Ulm

Arnaud Ngatcha

Deputy Mayor of Paris

Jānis Lange

City Executive Director, Riga

Erion Veliaj

Mayor of Tirana

Gunter Czicsch

Mayor of Ulm

Ernst Woller

President of the State Parliament, Vienna

Remigijus Šimašius

Mayor of Vilnius

Sabine Gimbrére

Director of the International Office, Amsterdam

Kostas Bakoyannis

Mayor of Athens

Franziska Giffey

Mayor of Berlin

Gerry Woop

Secretary of State for Europe, Berlin

Constantinos Yiorkadjis

Mayor of Nicosia

Yordanka Fandakova

Mayor of Sofia

Laia Bonet

Deputy Mayor of Barcelona

Erin Bromaghin

Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles

Oleksandr Syenkevych

Mayor of Mykolaiv

Tjaša Ficko

Deputy Mayor, Ljubljana

Tanel Kiik

Deputy Mayor, Tallinn

Seb Dance

Deputy Mayor, London

Program

26.09.202209:00 - 09:20

Official Welcome at the Mayor's Residence

Official welcome to the Pact of Free Cities Summit by Zdeněk Hřib (Prague), Matúš Vallo (Bratislava), Gergely Karácsony (Budapest) and Rafał Trzaskowski (Warsaw).

📍 Mayors Residence - closed session for the members of the PoFC

26.09.202209:20 - 09:25

Opening Keynote by Vitali Klitschko

📍 Mayors Residence - closed session for the members of the PoFC

26.09.202209:25 - 09:50

New member admission

📍 Mayors Residence - closed session for the members of the PoFC

26.09.202209:50 - 10:20

Mission of the Pact

📍 Mayors Residence - closed session for the members of the PoFC

26.09.202210:20 - 10:40

Coffee break

26.09.202210:40 - 12:00

Restoration of Ukraine: PoFC Plans

Discussion led by Rafał Trzaskowski (Warsaw) and Zdeněk Hřib (Prague)

📍 Mayors Residence - closed session for the members of the PoFC

Transfer from the Residence to CAMP by Architram

26.09.202214:30 - 14:35

Official Welcome at CAMP

Official public welcome to the Pact of Free Cities Summit by Zdeněk Hřib (Prague) and Ondřej Boháč (IPR).

📍 CAMP - public event

26.09.202214:35 - 14:40

Opening Keynote by Vitali Klitschko

📍 CAMP - public event

26.09.202214:40 - 15:20

Sharing best practices: Ukraine

What has worked the best while helping Ukrainian refugees and reconstruction? Short presentations by Oleksandr Syenkevych (Mykoljiv), Remigius Šimasius (Vilnius), Erion Veliaj (Tirana), Franziska Giffey (Berlin) and André Sobczak (Eurocities), followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

📍 CAMP - public event

26.09.202215:20 - 15:30

Presentation of PoFC's plans for Ukraine

Presentation by Rafał Trzaskowski (Warsaw) outlining how the Pact of Free Cities is going to help Ukrianian cities.

📍 CAMP - public event

26.09.202215:30 - 16:00

In discussion with Andrew Tuck

Rafał Trzaskowski (Warsaw), André Sobczak (Eurocities), Oleksandr Syenkevych (Mykoljiv) and Franziska Giffey (Berlin) in discussion with Andrew Tuck, editor in chief of Monocle.

📍 CAMP - public event

26.09.202216:00 - 17:00

Rebuilding Ukraine: Multidisciplinary Approach

Panel on cooperation between different actors and how they can benefit from it with keynotes from Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko, Minster of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Jan Lipavský, and UNICEF representative Philippe Cori, followed by Q&A in discussion with Andrew Tuck (Monocle).

📍 CAMP - public event

Free time

26.09.202219:00

Dinner at Clam-Gallas

The Clam-Gallas Palace ranks among the most prominent architectural monuments of Prague’s Old Town and the entire Czech Republic. A prime work of baroque architecture, it is a splendid example of historical housing and the lifestyle of the aristocrats. The palace served as a venue for concerts and balls, which were attended by noteworthy artists including Mozart and Beethoven.

📍 Clam-Gallas Palace - closed session - invitations only

27.09.202209:00 - 09:05

Official Welcome in the Mayor's Residence

Official welcome to the 11th Direct Dialogue between EU Capitals Mayors and the European Commission by Zdeněk Hřib, Mayor of Prague.

📍 Mayors Residence - closed session

27.09.202209:05 - 09:10

Opening Keynote by Vitali Klitschko

📍 Mayors Residence - closed session

27.09.202209:10 - 10:15

Sharing best practices: Climate plans

Keynotes from André Sobczak (Eurocities), Seb Dance (London), Yordanka Fandakova (Sofia) and Janis Lange (Riga) followed by possible debates about EU's most progressive policies in the renewables, carbon neutrality and energy-suffiency area.

📍 Mayors Residence - closed session

27.09.202210:15 - 10:30

Coffee break

27.09.202210:30 - 12:00

11th Direct Dialogue: Tackling Energy Crisis in the EU Capitals

Short keynotes from Zdeněk Hřib (Prague), Anni Sinnemäki (Helsinki) and Kostas Bakoyannis (Athens) followed by a reaction from Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and a discussion on how to scale up renewables in cities, save energy and help citizens through winter, and scale up green mobility.

📍 Mayors Residence - closed session

Transfer from the Residence to CAMP by Architram

27.09.202214:30 - 14:35

Official Welcome at CAMP

Official public welcome to the Prague Summit of Cities by Zdeněk Hřib (Prague) and Ondřej Boháč (IPR).

📍 CAMP - public event

27.09.202214:35 - 14:45

Special presentation: Prague Institute of Planning / CAMP - Getting the People Involved

Presentation by Ondřej Boháč, Director of Prague Institute of Planning and Development.

📍 CAMP - public event

27.09.202214:45 - 15:00

World’s most liveable cities: Monocle's 15th annual Quality of Life Survey

Keynote by Andrew Tuck, editor in chief of the prestigious global magazine Monocle.

📍 CAMP - public event

27.09.202215:00 - 16:30

In discussion with Andrew Tuck: Making Cities Liveable

Presentations by Anni Sinnemäki (Helsinki), Felip Roca Blasco (Barcelona), Gerry Woop (Berlin), Remigius Šimasius (Vilnius) and Ans Persoons (Brussels) followed by a discussion with Andrew Tuck, editor in chief of Monocle.

📍 CAMP - public event