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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European Week of Regions and Cities 9-12 October 2017

The next European Week of Regions and Cities will take place from 9 to 12 October 2017 in Brussels.

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start date: 09-10-2017
end date: 12-10-2017

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Anna Lisa Boni: Cohesion policy or not cohesion policy, this is the question

EU cohesion policy faces an uncertain future, writes our secretary general, but cities need to be ready to defend it.

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publication date: 15-03-2017

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Crețu asks regions to defend and communicate results of cohesion policy

On 20 February, Corina Crețu, European commissioner for regional development, invited representatives of regional offices in Brussels for an exchange of views on the future of EU cohesion policy.

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publication date: 15-03-2017

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EUROCITIES statement on future of EU cohesion policy

The initial reflections indicate that extremely difficult and complex discussions are ahead on the EU budget post-2020.

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publication date: 15-03-2017

EUROCITIES statement on the future of cohesion policy

As the reflections and debates on the next EU budget are taking off, EUROCITIES published a policy statement as an initial position on the main principles of the future cohesion policy framework.

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publication date: 09-03-2017

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start date: 24-03-2017
end date: 24-03-2017

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start date: 24-03-2017
end date: 24-03-2017

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EUROCITIES mayors summit on the future of Europe

The rise of Euroscepticism and populism has created a growing sense of anxiety among many Europeans. The mayors of major cities in Europe met today with EU and national leaders to set out the urgent need for changing the way politics is done.

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publication date: 07-03-2017

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start date: 29-11-2016
end date: 30-11-2016

Gdansk wins 2016 CityStar award

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.

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publication date: 12-10-2016