Working Corner: Urban governance at national level

Location: Pillar Hall, Alfandega
Date: Fri, January 31
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM

This session is available for 25 persons only.

National level initiatives based on an integrated and participative approach (the URBACT method and experience)

The beginning of 2020 is a strategically important moment for urban policies in Europe. The implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in EU countries, the efforts of the Urban Agenda Partnerships with their achievements, the Leipzig Charter, the programming period for the next EU Financial perspective, more specifically the urban dimension of Cohesion Policy, all these initiatives and their outputs imply an urgent necessity to bring the discussion on urban policies of the EU level, down to the practical level of large, medium and small size cities in all member states.

Many cities have included these policies goals into their local urban practices, through projects based on a practical exchange of knowledge, like through URBACT networks, but many more are kept outside of this process for a whole range of reasons (language and capacity barriers, lack of access to European projects, etc.).

Many decision makers at the national and local level have understood that although URBACT projects do not include infrastructure development, they can provide integrated and sustainable solutions to problems not solved by large infrastructural projects. Therefore there is a clear need for expanding the possibilities of the URBACT method to a much larger number of cities in Europe, through national-led initiatives.

Five countries: Poland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Romania (possibly more) are presenting its efforts in the realisation of national initiatives, which common feature is their intent to implement an integrated and participative approach (the URBACT method) in the frame of their national urban policies.


  • Daniel Balinski, deputy director of the Development Strategy Department of the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policies, Poland.
  • Elisa Vilares, Head of Division of Territorial Development and Urban Policy, Directorate-General for Territory, Ministry of Environment and Climate Action Portugal.
  • Jon Aguirre Such, National UURBACT Point, Spain.
  • Giorgio Martini, Agency for Territorial Cohesion.
  • Maria Magdalena Racovita, Head of National Authorities for European Programmes, Ministry of Public Works, Development and Administration, Romania.

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