Regions and Cities as Stimulators Towards Green and Digital Economy

Regions and Cities as Stimulators Towards Green and Digital Economy

Louis Delcart (European Academy of the Regions, Brussels, Belgium) and Nelu Neacsu (European Academy of the Regions, Brussels, Belgium)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/IJIDE.2018100101
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There will always be inequalities in economic development within a country. The composition of the population, the presence of large economic players, the presence of good schools and universities make the ascendance of a population towards economic improvement easier in one region compared with other ones. But to arrive to these results, the effort should not come from the sole national government. This article intends hereby to develop the various aspects of regional development from the perspective of green and digital economy.
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The number of subjects that are tackled successfully by local and regional leaders becomes impressive. The newest one is to find an answer to climate change and to make the public administration a stimulator towards a carbon-neutral policy. The Swedish city of Växjö together with the Belgian city of Leuven received recently the prestigious European Green Leaf Award. This prize is awarded to cities that co-operate with their residents in a viable city (European Environmental Policy Prize, 2017). The recent vehement answers from American cities towards Donald Trump’s exit from the Paris agreement prove that this topic is now claimed by regional authorities.

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