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.
Mannheim's panel event provided an opportunity for citizens to exchange views on the future of the EU and draw up suggestions on three important topics.
publication date: 04-03-2019
21 cities, representing more than 20 million citizens have presented their pledges to act on the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights through dedicated investments for city measures. In total, the 21 cities pledge to invest €4.32 billion to fight poverty and social exclusion over the next 5 years.
publication date: 22-02-2019
As part of our Cities4Europe campaign, Heraklion organised a citizens' consultation which developed recommendations for improving policy cooperation and communication at all levels, with a focus on enabling young people to be heard.
publication date: 20-02-2019
Within the framework of our new EUROCITIES initiative 'Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City', 21 cities have adopted pledges showing how they act to translate the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights into actions to improve people's lives.
publication date: 19-02-2019
Lyon metropole ('Grand Lyon') is the 21st city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights.
publication date: 18-02-2019
Do not miss out on the launch of our new EUROCITIES initiative ‘Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City’ in the European Parliament on 21 February from 10.00 - 12.30.
publication date: 18-02-2019
EUROCITIES published a new report mapping cities’ existing policy measures that are in line with the principles of the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Many cities already deliver inclusive social policies to promote social rights for all people even before the EU Social Pillar was adopted. However, we found that cities’ efforts are not always known or recognised at national and EU levels.
Athens is the 13th city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. Mayor Georgios Kaminis signed a strong commitment to principle 1 on education and principle 3 on equal opportunities.
publication date: 07-02-2019
From 7-10 October 2019, the European Week of Regions and Cities will focus on the topic 'Regions and cities, pillars of the EU's future'.
publication date: 01-02-2019
The social affairs forum will work towards implementing its vision for inclusive and cohesive cities.