On 21 and 22 June, Housing and Urban ministers gathered to discuss the future of Europe's cities. Their reflections resulted in a political document, the Toledo Declaration, which lists commitments and aims including making urban regeneration a strategic tool for urban development, developing operational tools and encouraging research on urban subjects.
The declaration expresses the ministers' determination to make a political priority out of the future sustainable cities and to make sustainability a key element in the creation of new political and financing programs.
One of the key themes was the refurbishment of existing buildings and housing, which has a great job-creating potential and will lead to more sustainable cities. In the words of the Spanish Housing minister, "It is fundamental to recover the cities already built." The document also focuses on the improvement of public transport and policies that limit the development of outlying districts.