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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start date: 25-06-2018
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start date: 25-06-2018
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Culture opening spaces for dialogue – EUROCITIES culture forum on facebook live

Watch the discussion on Thursday morning (9:00-12:00) how local cultural policies and practices can drive social cohesion in cities throughout Europe.

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publication date: 25-04-2018

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60 cities ready to involve, inspire and impact!

‘Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens’: involve - inspire - impact

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publication date: 22-03-2018

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Highlights from the Social Affairs Forum in Utrecht, 7-8 March 2018

On 7-8 March, the social affairs forum met in Utrecht. A record number of 175 participants from over 50 cities, including 15 elected city politicians and representatives of the European Commission, OECD and UN-HABITAT, took part in the meeting. They agreed cities play a key role in translating the Sustainable Development Goals into relevant actions at local level and involving citizens in the process.

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publication date: 09-03-2018

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New EUROCITIES report on lessons learned from cities experiences with the European Social Fund in 2014-2017

EUROCITIES carried out a survey to examine the experiences of cities with ESF during the first half of the funding period 2014-2020. We analysed the ESF practices of 32 cities from 13 EU member states. The survey collected evidence on the implementation of ESF in cities between 2014-2017 directly from city authorities. The responses fed into a comparative analysis to identify trends across cities and map good practices.

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publication date: 05-03-2018

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What is the way forward to investing in people? Highlights from the ESF conference in Sofia

On 15-16 February, EUROCITIES represented cities at the EU conference on ‘Investing in people – the way forward’, organised by the European Commission and hosted by the Bulgarian Presidency.

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publication date: 04-03-2018

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New EUROCITIES technical report sheds light on lessons learned from cities experiences with the European Social Fund in 2014-2017

EUROCITIES carried out a survey to examine the experiences of cities with ESF during the first half of the funding period 2014-2020. We analysed the ESF practices of 32 cities from 13 EU member states. The survey collected evidence on the implementation of ESF in cities between 2014-2017 directly from city authorities. The responses fed into a comparative analysis to identify trends across cities and map good practices.

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publication date: 28-02-2018

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The fight is on: how will cities cope post 2020?

The debate on the EU budget (or post 2020 Multiannual Financial Framework) is now in full swing here in Brussels, and it’s becoming increasingly complicated. The financial priorities of cities over the next seven years face serious challenges from Brexit, as well as from the rising status of European defence and security, and from financial instruments and loans.

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publication date: 26-02-2018

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Getting cohesion right for citizens means working with cities

Anna Lisa Boni presented EUROCITIES cohesion policy position at an extraordinary meeting of the European Parliament's Committee on Regional Development on 1 February 2018.

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publication date: 05-02-2018