cohesion policy

Cohesion policy is vital to economic growth and social cohesion across Europe. For many cities, structural funds provide essential support for major investment programmes which directly impact on the quality of life of citizens and the liveability and attractiveness of cities.

Today, cities account for 75% of the EU’s population, 80% of energy use and 85% of Europe’s GDP. Yet currently, only 10% of EU regional funding is directly dedicated to urban issues. We are working to strengthen the investments in cities via the structural funds in the next programming period from 2014 - 2020.   

The Commission’s proposals for the draft structural funds regulations, published on 5 October 2011, recognise the need for investing in cities. The proposals include many innovations with the potential to deliver integrated development on the ground and drive smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for the benefit of all – not only for those living in cities.

We welcomed the Commission’s proposals as a strong starting point and we have been working to maintain the strong urban dimension in the further negotiations on the future cohesion policy to ensure an adequate level of investment in our cities across the EU. 

We believe that the European model of well-managed urban concentration is the most sustainable form of development and our European cities are assets in terms of global competition. Only metropolitan Europe can compete with the power of emerging megacities of Asia and Latin America. Without investing seriously in our major cities, we will not be able to maintain our global competitiveness. A strong urban agenda is not only important for cities but for the economic future of Europe as a whole.

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City Metric: If Juncker wants a stronger, more united Europe, he should listen to its cities

People are calling on the EU to change, and cities are a good example of how to do that!

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publication date: 14-09-2018

  •  cooperation

A Europe to believe in: EUROCITIES response to president Juncker's State of the Union

In response to European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union address 2018, EUROCITIES secretary general, Anna Lisa Boni, shared the following thoughts:

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publication date: 12-09-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

EUROCITIES gets cohesion policy messages through to EU decision makers

How can cohesion policy help bring Europe closer to citizens? What changes are needed in the future regulations to make it work better for cities? This was in the focus of the event EUROCITIES organised jointly with CEMR and the European Parliament’s Urban intergroup on Tuesday 4 September, attracting over a hundred participants.

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publication date: 06-09-2018

Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart will look into social sustainability and social rights

Do you wish to make your city socially sustainable for the future? Do you want to deliver social rights for all people in your city? Join our autumn Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart on 23-24 October to learn and be inspired on how to achieve these ambitions.

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publication date: 09-08-2018

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  •  economy

A Europe closer to citizens? The Urban and territorial dimension of cohesion policy post-2020

The European Parliament’s urban intergroup, together with CEMR and EUROCITIES invites you to the event ‘A Europe closer to citizens? The urban and territorial dimension of cohesion policy post-2020’ on 4 September 2018, 10.30-12.30 at the European Parliament.

event

start date: 04-09-2018
end date: 04-09-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

Panorama Magazine: A stronger partnership for Europe and its citizens

Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES, shares some thoughts on the future of cohesion policy.

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publication date: 09-07-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

A more citizens focussed, globally competitive future for Europe

EUROCITIES is working with citizens to build a stronger Europe, said Daniël Termont during an intervention at the Committee of the Regions plenary session on Wednesday 4 July.

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publication date: 04-07-2018

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  •  economy

A more citizens focussed, globally competitive future for Europe

EUROCITIES is working with citizens to build a stronger Europe, said Daniël Termont during an intervention at the Committee of the Regions plenary session on Wednesday 4 July.

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publication date: 04-07-2018

event

start date: 02-10-2018
end date: 05-10-2018

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start date: 02-10-2018
end date: 05-10-2018