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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Influencing innovation across Europe

Are you following the EUROCITIES campaign, '100 days, 100 ways'? Read on to discover examples of innovation from cities across Europe.

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publication date: 17-01-2020

Join EUROCITIES initiative 'Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City'

Is your city pursuing inclusive policies? Do you work to ensure social rights for all people in your city? Then join our initiative 'Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City’.

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publication date: 13-01-2020

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start date: 30-01-2020
end date: 31-01-2020

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publication date: 01-11-2019

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EU-wide coalition looks to Commissioner-designate Ferreira to defend cohesion policy and the partnership principle

During European Parliament's hearing, Elisa Ferreira commits to ensuring "no region will be left behind" and that "reforms must fit with principles of cohesion"

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publication date: 10-10-2019

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  •  economy

Panorama: Charting a course forward for urban Europe

Today, the power of cities as game changers is more evident than ever before. It is clear that the future of Europe depends on how it engages with its cities, says Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General of EUROCITIES.

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publication date: 10-10-2019

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  •  culture
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What's hot at the EU Week of Regions and Cities?

We are busy at this year’s European Week of Regions and Cities, from 7-10 October, making sure there are plenty of sessions that meet the needs and interests of our member cities. There is a lot to choose from, so here’s a quick run-down of the sessions to look out for.

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publication date: 27-09-2019

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publication date: 23-09-2019

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What makes a city liveable?

EUROCITIES presents the world’s most liveable cities

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publication date: 06-09-2019

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  •  culture

Cluj-Napoca - Imagine the future of the city!

Over the last 10 years, Cluj- Napoca has been the only growing city in Romania. As a natural consequence, the city’s cultural life has been constantly evolving, a process also driven by the European Youth Capital title given in 2015 and the candidature to the European Capital of Culture for 2021.

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publication date: 15-07-2019