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.
start date: 29-11-2016 end date: 30-11-2016
The European Commission revealed the winners of its annual RegioStars awards on Tuesday 11 October, as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities.
publication date: 12-10-2016
Evidence-based policy making for sustainable cities. Connecting Nature-based Solutions and Green Infrastructure to the EU Urban Agenda
The conference aims to strengthen the synergies between the EU Urban Agenda, the EU research agenda on Nature-based Solutions, and the potential for urban green infrastructure. We will present and discuss the potential benefits of using spatially explicit data for evidence-based local policymaking. This way, we hope to increase awareness for and acceptance of nature-based solutions and green infrastructure in the local policy arena.
start date: 31-05-2016 end date: 31-05-2016
The European Parliament’s regional development committee (EP REGI) invited our secretary general, Anna Lisa Boni, to exchange views with MEPs on the EU urban agenda and cohesion policy post-2020 on 19 April.
publication date: 20-04-2016
start date: 11-04-2016 end date: 13-04-2016
Our secretary general, Anna Lisa Boni, addressed the focus of the future cohesion policy during a roundtable session.
publication date: 18-03-2016
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