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.

  •  economy

Social Rights for All: Cities are committed to deliver on the European Pillar of Social Rights

EUROCITIES adopted a statement to show the commitment of cities to deliver on the principles and rights enshrined in the European Pillar of Social Rights and to promote social rights for all citizens.

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publication date: 19-10-2017

  •  economy

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publication date: 02-10-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment

EU Capital Mayors meeting

The 6th Direct Dialogue of Mayors and vice-Mayors of EU Capitals with the European Commission took place in Riga on 21-22 September. The event, hosted by the mayor of Riga, Nils Ušakovs, recognises the need to intensify communication between cities and the EU institutions to meet domestic and international challenges. It included keynote speeches from Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy and Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the...

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publication date: 25-09-2017

  •  cooperation

Launch of the #CohesionAlliance

The Alliance has been created through cooperation between EUROCITIES, AEBR, AER, CEMR, CPMR and the European Committee of the Regions, where like-minded regional and local politicians from across Europe joined forces in favour of a strong cohesion policy in the future. As the politicians elected closest to the people, we want cohesion to be even stronger, more effective and more visible in the future. Together we want to show the crucial role of EU Cohesion Policy and ensure that the next...

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start date: 11-10-2017
end date: 11-10-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  knowledge society

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

  •  cooperation

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

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

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

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

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

  •  cooperation

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

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment

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