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.
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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The Committee of the Regions organises the 13th European Week of Regions and Cities on 12-15 October, including an 'urban day' on 14 October.
start date: 12-10-2015 end date: 15-10-2015
There will be an 'urban day' at this year's Committee of the Region's OPEN DAYS.
start date: 14-10-2015 end date: 14-10-2015
European cities located in arrival, transit and destination countries are experiencing the social, humanitarian and financial challenges of the current asylum crisis. On 13 May, we published our political statement on asylum. Our statement was developed by our working group migration and integration with input from all social affairs forum working groups. We stress the important role European cities play in receiving and integrating asylum seekers, refugees and other beneficiaries of...