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On October 13, Members of the European Committee of the Regions gathered both in Brussels and online. They talked about how they dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities and shared their visions on economic recovery.
Crowdfunding & the city
The lack of financial resources and sufficient investment in public services highlighted by the COVID-19 crisis has been the subject of much discussion in recent months. In response, Luca Menesini (IT/PES), President of the Province of Lucca (Italy), has appealed to the commitment of the citizens of Capannori by setting up various crowdfunding and donations campaigns.
Crowdfunding as a new and sustainable means of financing cities
Crowdfunding is not new. Some iconic monuments all over Europe, such as the Eiffel tour or the Sagrada Familia, are referred to as early examples of crowdfunding. However, since the beginning of the pandemic, various public institutions and in particular hospitals, have joined the movement.
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I’ve been selected as one of the winners by the European Commission to take part in the Youth4Regions programme for aspiring journalists. This article was written in cooperation with Hélène Seynaeve and published at europa.eu on October 13, 2020 during the European Week of Regions and Cities.