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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SAVE THE DATE: Cities set standards to be smarter and more sustainable - 19 October

How to replicate smart city solutions? Are standards the right tools for cities? Can the European Standardization Organisations be part of the cities' journey towards a smart and sustainable future?

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start date: 19-10-2017
end date: 19-10-2017

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start date: 27-11-2017
end date: 28-11-2017

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URBACT’s Good Practices unveiled: 'Inspiring solutions for better cities'

Looking for ideas on how to improve a city’s air quality, support local jobs, or involve citizens in accommodating refugees? Scores of tried-and-tested city solutions have been published online by URBACT, the EU learning and exchange programme for integrated, sustainable urban development.

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publication date: 25-07-2017

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A strong cohesion policy for Europe and citizens - EUROCITIES policy paper on cohesion policy post-2020

Linked to the debate on the future of Europe and the next EU budget, the EUROCITIES policy paper on post-2020 cohesion policy calls for a reinforced and simplified cohesion policy for Europe and its citizens. The future cohesion policy covering all regions should be built on real partnership with cities, focusing on common European challenges but allowing a flexible tailoring to local development needs. Cohesion policy needs to reduce its administrative burden, make it easier to combine...

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publication date: 26-06-2017

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EU Observer: Cohesion policy for a stronger Europe

Daniël Termont argues that cohesion policy is a positive expression of European solidarity and should remain the foremost public investment tool. However, this should be done in concert with changes that ensure the local level has a say in decision-making, including directing investment.

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publication date: 26-06-2017

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Joint statement on energy efficiency financing

Strengthening the role of the local level to accelerate the clean energy transition

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publication date: 22-06-2017

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Joint statement on energy efficiency financing

Strengthening the role of the local level to accelerate the clean energy transition

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publication date: 22-06-2017

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Panorama: Better financing for cities will help deliver stronger results for citizens

Daniël Termont, mayor of Ghent and president of EUROCITIES, discusses the future of cohesion policy.

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publication date: 19-06-2017

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WG Cohesion policy and structural funds & WG Urban Agenda for the EU - 28 June, Brussels

WG cohesion policy will meet in the morning of 28 June, from 9:00 to 11:30, and WG urban agenda will follow, from 11:30 to 15:30.

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start date: 28-06-2017
end date: 28-06-2017

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publication date: 30-05-2017