Cohesion Policy is at the heart of sustainable urban development in Europe. Around 115 billion euros is being spent in cities; out of which 17 billion are implemented locally through integrated urban development strategies managed directly by urban authorities. For the next European budget, after 2020, the European Commission is proposing a stronger urban dimension by earmarking 6% of the total European Regional Development Fund budget per Member State for sustainable urban development. The proposal also introduces a Policy Objective ‘Europe closer to the citizens’, and a new European Urban Initiative acknowledging that the urban dimension of Cohesion Policy relies on a strategic multi-level partnership with local authorities and civil society.
This workshop shows in concrete terms what the Cohesion Policy is bringing to the European citizens. It gives examples of what cities are achieving and the crucial importance of an integrated approach and multilevel governance for policy-making.
The urban practices presented give an indication of projects the Commission expects to fund in the future.
The good practices come from the Cohesion Policy funded programmes: URBACT, the Urban Innovative Actions and urban projects financed through the mainstream programmes. 53 urban projects have been selected to be exhibited, amongst which are the 10 projects presenting in this workshop. For more information, follow this link
It will inspire you and give you a better understanding about the future of the urban dimension of Cohesion Policy and what kind of projects the Commission expects.
Showcase of good urban practises within Cohesion Policy presented by cities
10:30 – 10:35 Opening and introduction of the workshop by Eddy Adams
10:35– 10:55 Introduction to the different programs/initiatives within Cohesion Policy by Eddy Adams:
10:55 – 11:05: Q&A
11:05 – 11:45 City examples presented by:
- Zagreb (Croatia); successfully plan, finance, develop and manage a smart city and Rotterdam (the Netherlands) better aligning young people’s educational choices with future labour market needs in a deprived area
- Paris (France); implementing innovative nature-based solutions to mitigate climate change, and Ii (Finland); finding energy-efficient and eco-friendly solutions to the problems citizens are facing.
- Bielefeld (Germany); disseminating the local adoption of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, and Ghent (Belgium); setting up a cloud-based framework to offer an efficient 24/7 view on the state of multimodal mobility.
- Brussels (Belgium); providing vital health and social services to some of the most vulnerable, and Brno (Czech Republic); designing an action plan to end family homelessness based on the Housing First approach.
- Turin (Italy); breaking the circle of social segregation in disadvantaged neighbourhoods; and Lille (France); testing new economic and social models to combat the various negative consequences of urban poverty and gentrification.
11:45 – 11:50: Closing of the session
Information on urban programmes and initiatives within Cohesion Policy
- What is happening in your Member States within Cohesion Policy?.
- In each EU Member State, a minimum 5 % of the European Regional Development Fund is earmarked for integrated sustainable urban development; its on-the-ground deployment will be decided and directed by urban authorities. Learn more about this.
- Are you managing funding under the and the Cohesion Fund and want to share expertise? If yes, then the support of TAIEX REGIO PEER 2 PEER might be interesting for you.
- Are you interested in advice on investment support: project development, linking strategy to investment, and innovative financial instruments and approaches? If yes, then check out URBIS.
- Do you want to learn from how other cities are setting up funds and instruments in support of urban development?.
- Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is an Initiative under Cohesion Policy that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges.
- The Urban Development Network is responsible for reviewing on-the-ground deployment of urban-related Cohesion Policy funds and boosting knowledge-sharing between cities involved in integrated sustainable urban development and in Urban Innovative actions.
- URBACT helps cities to develop pragmatic solutions that are new and sustainable and that integrate economic, social and environmental urban topics. Visit their website and the specific country pages to learn more about URBACT.
- More about the integrated and participative approach and how this is embedded in the urban dimension of Cohesion Policy post2020 can be read in the Brochure “multi-level governance in action” – published by the Commission in 2019.
Urbact Cities in Action