Catalonia will be the meeting place where international representatives from municipalities, regions, international organisations, social and productive agents, and the research community will reflect on how to achieve the right to time. The conferences will be held between 16th and 20th October, highlighting the thematic days dedicated to the right to time and the role of local governments when implementing it (17th October), and on the future of working time (18th October). In preparation for the 2024 European Parliament elections, on 27th October a debate will be held with representatives of the European Parliament on how the right to time is to be placed on European Union’s agenda.
The Time Use Week is the international event for promoting knowledge and inspiration cases on time policies. Researchers, political institutions, social organisations, and citizens from all over the world participate and push the debate, advocating from their different fields of expertise, towards a better social time organisation. The upcoming tenth edition will take place between October 16th and 20th in Barcelona, under the motto “Towards a new time balance”.
The Base Study for the Time Use and Schedules Rationalisation Law has been presented, with over 100 proposals for improving time organisation in Spain. The Study has been coordinated by the Time Use Initiative, which counted with over 60 experts and consultations with the main Spanish labour unions and employer’s association.
The Time Use Initiative was invited to participate in the Brussels Urban Summit (BUS) 2023, one of the biggest events that bring together international city officers and political representatives to exchange ideas and set priorities for sustainable, affordable, and liveable cities. Although previously unknown, digitalization of municipal services and mobility policies were the ones most commonly identified as time policies by public officials at the Summit.