The second webinar explored the role of cities and local ecosystems in building resilience to face the COVID-19 crisis. Cities are in a strategic position to coordinate effectively top-down rules, investment instruments and guidance (EU and national) with the numerous bottom-up initiatives emerging from social actors. The webinar introduced an overview of the latest European Commission’s response to COVID-19. Experts from two European cities – namely Amsterdam and Barcelona – presented examples of effective city-led interventions. In addition, the webinar explored the role of social economy platforms and of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform in helping cities and industrial ecosystems respond to the crisis.
Overview of the Commission response
- Dana Eleftheriadou, Head of Advanced Technologies Team, European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Resilient cities and essential supply chains: coordination of government measures with bottom-up civic communities and the role of technology
- Machteld Combé, Lead Democratization Team, Amsterdam – city case
- Michael Donaldson, Commissioner for Digital Innovation, Barcelona – city case
- Eva Revilla Panaranda, European Commission, DG GROW, Policy officer for European Industrial Clusters
Overview on bottom-up approaches and the role of social economy
- Karel Vanderpoorten, European Commission, DG GROW, Policy Officer for Social Economy
- Bart Wolput, Community Director, Give a Day initiative
The webinar was moderated by Dana Eleftheriadou, Head of Advanced Technologies Team, European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.