April Issue: ?Register now for the next European Youth Camp ?_____________________________________________________

Dear ICN friends and members,?
just a few weeks left until summer oficially starts – meaning it is time to focus on our next youth camp. This year ICN together with Planning Aid for Scottland (PAS) and Planning Aid International (PAS’s international arm) will organize an international summer camp for young people in Benmore Outdoor Centre in Dunoon, Scotland. Under the Slogan: European Cities of Tomorrow young people will meet from 11 to 16 of August for a bilateral exchange. Registration is open now until 1st of July. Feel free to forward this info to young spirits in your community and other places. More infos and a detailed programm on our 

Your ICN Team

: EU Cities and Regions - Taking Action against Climate Change by Committee of the Regions

News from ICN:
Develop Solidarity & Promote Tolerance - European Youth Camp
New ideas for the future - ICN board members met in Riga
Can innovation save town centres? - Cliff Hague's Blog
„Partner talks” Suwalki and Notodden made plans for the future

International News:?
Active Citizenship of Young People - European Youth Week 2013
Youth involvement - the "missing piece in the planning jigsaw" - PAS launched Young Placemakers Initiative
„Investing in Europe's regions and cities“ New paper focusses on EU budget 2014-20 

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Upcomming events:?
19 - 20 June: 
Global Forum on Human Settlements - High-level Dialogue on Implementing Rio+20 Decisions on Sustainable Cities and Urban Transport (Berlin, Germany)
24 - 28 June: 
Sustainable Energy Week 2013 -  A core activity of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign (All over Europe)?
11 - 16: August 
European Cities of Tomorrow - PAI/PAS & ICN International Summer Youth Camp (Dunoon, Scotland)

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European Youth Camp

Develop Solidarity & Promote Tolerance

Planning Aid for Scotland and Innovation Circle Network invite young Europeans to the next summer youth camp. We will bring young people together for a bilateral exchange from the 11th to 16th of August 2013 in Benmore Outdoor Centre, Dunoon, Scotland. Be part of "European Cities of Tomorrow" and register now.



ICN board members met in Riga

New ideas for the future

Last week members of the Innovation Circle Network met in Latvia's capital to discuss new project ideas for the upcoming funding period and planned the next summer youth camp as well as the annual meeting 2013.



Cliff Hague's Blog

Can innovation save town centres?

Town centres are dying. The economic crisis has highlighted the malaise. There are empty shops, as people head to the edge of town supermarket. Internet shopping replaces the trip to the store downtown. Prominent buildings once used for public functions such as town halls, post offices or churches stand empty too, as services have been rationalised or public attitudes have changed.


Suwalki - Notodden

Suwalki and Notodden made plans for the future

?Partner talks?

Last week a delegation from Notodden in Norway visited Suwalki in Poland. Both cities are bound together in a close twin city partnership for five years now. The guests met with the city authorities to sum up five years cooperation and to plan joint activities for the future.


European Youth -
Youthforum - flickr_300x200

European Youth Week 2013

Active Citizenship of Young People

The sixth edition of European Youth Week - EYW2013 - has started and will be celebrated across Europe until the 2nd June. EYW2013 consists of a broad range of events and activities to be organised in all 33 countries participating in the EU’s Youth in Action (YiA) programme, where the coordination and organisation of events has been entrusted to the National Agencies of the YiA.


Minister launches
new Young Placemakers campaign

Planning Aid for Scotland launched Young Placemakers Initiative

Youth involvement - the "missing piece in the planning jigsaw"

Planning Aid for Scotland, the independent and impartial organisation, working across Scotland to enable citizens to shape their communities and engage more effectively with planning, has launched a new initiative called Young Placemakers.


Committee of the
Regions - Plenary Session_300x200

New paper focusses on EU budget 2014-2020

?Investing in Europe's regions and cities?

Public finances are scarce and the overall budget of the EU's 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework has decreased for the first time in history. Both public authorities and private partners face the major challenge to guarantee targeted and long-term investment for qualitative growth and jobs in Europe's regions and cities.