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.

  •  cooperation

EUROCITIES cooperation platform 2019

This year’s EUROCITIES cooperation platform took place on 15-17 May 2018.

event

start date: 15-05-2019
end date: 17-05-2019

Barcelona is the 7th city to pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights

This week, Barcelona became the seventh city to sign a pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Deputy Mayor for Social Rights, Laia Ortiz, signed pledges to principle 14 on minimum income and principle 19 on housing and assistance for the homeless.

news

publication date: 24-01-2019

  •  cooperation

Register NOW for the EUROCITIES high-level political event at the European Parliament on 21 February

EUROCITIES will launch a new political initiative to show cities’ concrete contributions to a more cohesive and inclusive Europe starting from local level. EUROCITIES deputy mayors will present their pledges to act on the principles of the EU Pillar for Social Rights through dedicated investments for city measures. This will take place at an event of EUROCITIES at the European Parliament on 21 February 2019 in the presence of Members of European Parliament and high-level Commission...

news

publication date: 24-01-2019

  •  cooperation

Timisoara is the 8th city to pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights

This week, Timisoara became the eighth city to sign a pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Deputy Mayor Imre Farkas signed pledges to principle 11 on childcare and support to children, principle 18 on long-term care and principle 19 on housing and assistance for homeless.

news

publication date: 24-01-2019

  •  cooperation

Timisoara is the 8th city to pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights

This week, Timisoara became the eighth city to sign a pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Deputy Mayor Imre Farkas signed pledges to principle 11 on childcare and support to children, principle 18 on long-term care and principle 19 on housing and assistance for homeless.

news

publication date: 24-01-2019

Commission recognises the need to channel EU funds to build capacity of local governments for Roma inclusion

On 4 December, the European Commission released a communication on the evaluation of the EU Roma Framework 2011-2020.

news

publication date: 03-01-2019

New EUROCITIES report on Roma inclusion at local level

EUROCITIES published a report with findings and lessons from the study visit it organised to Timisoara on 12-14 June 2018. This activity is part of the EUROCITIES mutual learning programme for cities working on Roma inclusion at local level, which receives funding support from the European programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSi) under the strategic partnership with the European Commission DG EMPL.

news

publication date: 02-01-2019

Policy transfer study visit to Toulouse: How can cities support Roma to move from camps into adequate housing?

EUROCITIES is organising a study visit to Toulouse on 9-10 April to support policy transfer of promising city measures for Roma access to adequate housing.

news

publication date: 02-01-2019

Social Rights for All: Roma inclusion at local level - report from EUROCITIES study visit to Timisoara

This is the report from the study visit that EUROCITIES organised to Timisoara on 12-14 June 2018. This activity is part of the EUROCITIES mutual learning programme for cities working on Roma inclusion at local level, which receives funding support from the European programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSi) under the strategic partnership with the European Commission DG EMPL.

publication

publication date: 02-01-2019

WG Roma inclusion policy transfer on Roma access to adequate housing - 9-10 April, Toulouse

Our spring meeting of WG Roma inclusion took on 9-10 April in Toulouse on the theme 'How can cities support Roma to move from camps into adequate housing?'

event

start date: 09-04-2019
end date: 10-04-2019