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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publication date: 31-10-2017

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EUROCITIES speaks out on long-term investment

EUROCITIES participated in the third edition of the European Long-Term Investment Conference, on 26 October in Brussels.

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publication date: 30-10-2017

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Highlights from the Social Affairs Forum in Gothenburg, 25-26 October 2017

On 25-26 October, the Social Affairs Forum held its autumn meeting in Gothenburg. A record number of 135 participants from over 40 cities, including 20 elected city politicians and representatives of the European Commission and EU-umbrella NGOs, took part in the meeting. They agreed that cities play a key role in delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights and promoting a stronger social Europe.

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publication date: 29-10-2017

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Unlocking long term investment for urban transport and more sustainable cities

On 12 October, EUROCITIES co-organised a lunch debate on ensuring long term investment for urban rail transport - tram, light rail and metro systems. The event was hosted by the European Parliament’s long term investment and reindustrialisation intergroup.

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publication date: 23-10-2017

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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

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publication date: 02-10-2017

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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

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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

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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