CCIFER organizes “Sustainable Cities – How Do We Prepare the Transition?” conference in partnership with the French Embassy

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The French Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Romania (CCIFER) organized on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the conference “Sustainable Cities – How Can We Make the Transition” in partnership with the French Embassy in Romania, aiming to contribute to solving the complex challenges generated by the sustainable city. This event ends the Mobility Caravan, a cycle of conferences organized by CCIFER in Iasi, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara and Sibiu, during which municipalities, companies and civil society talked about the most recent urban mobility projects and development solutions of a sustainable city.

To this end, CCIFER mobilized the French public and private savoire-fair present in Romania or coming from France, Romanian and French municipalities, for an exchange of experience around the integrated concept of sustainable city: mobility, urban infrastructures, European funding.

“The companies that are CCIFER members have the knowledge and desire to promote sustainable and ecological solutions that can be the ingredients of a successful transition. Our today’s approach is focused on the three dimensions of a sustainable city: a city that maintains itself in time and has the capacity to redefine itself; a city that offers to its inhabitants a good quality of life at any time, taking into account the proximity and mobility constraints, and a city where real connections can be made with local authorities. Thus, we want to be a facilitator between the member companies, cities and all the involved actors, in order to guarantee the transition to a sustainable city” stated the Executive Manager of CCIFER, Adriana Record.

In the opening, the special guest from the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition and Cohesion of Territories, Hervé Boisguillaume, spoke about the instruments of the French policy for sustainable and smart cities. They rely on the idea that we must build the city together, as an ecosystem. All the interested actors, public actors (state, region, city) and private actors (companies, study companies, NGOs, bankers), as well as the inhabitants, must associate for reflecting the city planning and project development.

The panel dedicated to the municipalities, with representatives from Bucharest, Iasi, Timisoara, Resita, and Clermont-Ferrand (France), showed that cities can be transformed, local ambitions being strong.

The experts from Renault (Cecilia Tudor), Groupama Asigurari (Calin Matei), Michelin (Cyrille Roget), Arval Romania (Sorin Costea) and Alstom (Nicolae Dragu) spoke about the latest trends regarding the mobility of the future: connected car; automatic drive; electrical mobility; urban mobility, digital services for mobility. Holcim Romania (Alina Surducan), ENGIE (Paul Decuseara) EGIS (Ion Besteliu), Veolia (Valentin Zaharia) and Ateliere Fara Frontiere (Patrick Ouriaghli), presented their solutions that are able to make the transition to a sustainable city starting from sustainable urban infrastructures. In addition, Tatian Diaconu (Immochan) highlighted the role and the consultation of the citizens in developing an urban regeneration project, while Carmen Dan and Livia Stan from PriceWaterHouseCoopers completed the presentations with an intervention regarding the European funds for sustainable development projects.

On May 14, CCIFER, together with the French Embassy in Romania, the French Institute and Business France granted the prizes of the “Sustainable Cities” contest, where over 30 cities and municipalities sent their projects. The winners of this year were:

–              Prahova County – the “Water, sewage and waste management” category

–              Piatra Neamt – the “Urban Mobility” category

–              Seini (Maramures) – the “Energy efficiency” category

–              Alba-Iulia – the “Building Capitalization and Heritage Rehabilitation” category

CCIFER expresses a common position of the member companies and French investors in Romania, in their dialogue with the public authorities. Being a business community founded on the French savoire-fair, CCIFER is a leader engaged in the sustainable development of people, companies and Romania. CCIFER brings together more than 500 French companies representing EUR 18 billion, and more than 125,000 jobs. The member companies are leaders in different fields of activity that form the local economy.