The 2013 EU-China Urbanisation Partnership Forum was held on 21 November in Beijing. During the morning session, François Gipouloux, coordinator of Urbachina, introduced the Urbachina project and gave examples of European smart cities, green cities and compact cities in the Creativity City sub-forum.
The afternoon session was held in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. Premier Li Keqiang of the People’s Republic of China, President Herman Van Rompuy of the European Council, and President José Manuel Barroso of the European Commission attended the signing ceremonies of a series of cooperative documents under the EU/China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
Considering the enormous business opportunities brought about by China’s new urbanisation, Li Keqiang said, in the forum, that industry-academia cooperation is required. Furthermore, European technology and the Chinese market together can boost China’s urban development. Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso stated that cooperation on urbanisation is an essential part of China-EU relations; it can improve the living standards of people on both sides, promote sustainable development, and achieve common prosperity. Overall, the China-EU cooperation will provide huge benefits.