On 15 September 2021 the European Commission published the New European Bauhaus
initiative as a cross environmental, economic and cultural movement to help deliver the European Green Deal and support the recovery and transformation of Europe following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The initiative envisages the participation of a wide range of actors, including students and academics, in a vast effort of cooperation between science, technology, the arts and culture.
The New European Bauhaus is highly ambitious in its aims. In essence, the Communication expresses the EU’s ambition of creating beautiful, sustainable and inclusive places, products and ways of living. It promotes a new lifestyle where sustainability matches style, thus accelerating the green transition in various sectors of our economy such as construction, furniture, fashion and in our societies as well as other areas of our daily life.
The New European Bauhaus is described as a project of hope and positivity and in particular encourages working together in a participatory way. For the implementation, the Commission combines relevant EU initiatives and proposes a set of new actions and funding possibilities. It brings a cultural and creative dimension to the European Green Deal to enhance sustainable innovation, technology and the circular economy, link to nature-related and based solutions whilst at the same time reducing carbon intensity. It brings out the benefits of the environmental transition through tangible experiences at the local level.
The New European Bauhaus sees buildings, public spaces, businesses and social practices, cultural activities and education programmes as becoming beacons of inspiration and ideas.
A triangle of three core inseparable values guides the New European Bauhaus:
- sustainability, from climate goals, to circularity, zero pollution, and biodiversity,
- aesthetics, quality of experience and style, beyond functionality,
- inclusion, valorising diversity, equality for all, accessibility and affordability
The CoR opinion on the New European Bauhaus
, which will be drafted by Kieran McCarthy (IE/EA)
, is scheduled for adoption at the CoR plenary session in April 2022.
By means of this written consultation, Mr McCarthy, would like to consult relevant stakeholders and gather their input to explore the following questions:
1. Already in place: How can we capture what is already in place that is already contributing to Bauhaus? Is there already best practice that can be used as a showcase to incentivise other cities / regions?
2. Role of Cities and Regions: The role of local and regional authorities (LRAs) is really important in coordinating and promoting a Bauhaus approach in cities and regions? Are their examples of best practice? Are cities and regions resourced properly to do this? Is there an opportunity for the EU to fund a coordinating role in LRAs?
3. A Network Idea: Is there a role for the Committee of the Regions to coordinate a network of local and regional authorities?
4. Evaluation: How does the European Commission plan to monitor and evaluate the Bauhaus contribution? Will all of these funding programmes have a specific measure / evaluation criterion around the contribution to Bauhaus? What will Bauhaus indicators look like?
5. Key performance indicators: What are the deliverables that partners wish to see at the different stages of the project? How can we evaluate the results in a meaningful way?
6. Governance: How should the Governance of Bauhaus work to ensure concrete and measurable results?
7. Labelling strategy: How should one characterise and recognise concrete initiatives to match the ambition of the New European Bauhaus? What makes a project a New European Bauhaus project? How can an EU New European Bauhaus label be integrated with access to funding for projects?
8. Lab: What should the New European Bauhaus Lab champion and how should it champion policy actions?
9. New technologies: How can the NEB make a full use of new technological development including the digital transformation? What are the remaining obstacles and regulatory bottlenecks?
10. Procurement: How can public procurement and regulatory simplification promote New European Bauhaus priorities at the European, national and regional level? Can regulatory experimental settings be envisaged in cooperation with Member States and local authorities to test new regulatory approaches driving more ambition along the New European Bauhaus axis?
11. Regulatory analysis and experimentation: How can the regulatory framework support the development of New European Bauhaus projects in construction, energy intensive industries, mobility, proximity and social economy, cultural and creative industries, tourism, textiles?
12. Incentivisation: How can investors be incentivised in various sectors such as real estate, tourism infrastructures, etc. to embrace the ambition of the New European Bauhaus?
13. Innovative funding: Can crowdfunding be usefully combined with public financing to reach out to grassroots initiatives and improve project selection? What approach could best mobilise private funding, including from philanthropists, to support New European Bauhaus projects?
14. Social Economy: How can the social economy support the New European Bauhaus?
You are kindly invited to contribute to this consultation by sending your replies to the questions above, or any additional comments, to email@example.com
until 31 December 2021