One of the key outputs of the Dutch EU presidency is the Pact of Amsterdam, establishing the EU Urban Agenda. The Pact comprises the rationale, objectives, operational framework and themes of the EU Urban Agenda.
EUROCITIES EU urban agenda working group has been actively following the developments of the EU Urban Agenda from the beginning. EUROCITIES has contributed to the negotiations on the Pact of Amsterdam that serves as a basis for the functioning of the EU Urban Agenda.
The Pact of Amsterdam was adopted on 30 May 2016 at the informal Council meeting of ministers in charge of urban development. The objective of the Agenda is to strengthen the urban dimension of EU policies, to better coordinate EU policies impacting cities and to better involve cities in EU policy developments.
The Pact of Amsterdam outlines the following policy instruments:
- Better regulation: to improve coordination between the EU, Member States and cities; involving them in the design of policies and mobilising them in the implementation.
- Better funding: to improve the usability, identification and the possibilities of integration of EU, national and local funds for cities.
- Better knowledge base and exchange: to promote better collection of data and improve the knowledge base on urban development issues.
Originally, 12 thematic priorities were agreed for the EU Urban Agenda and feature in the Pact of Amsterdam: jobs and skills in the local economy; urban poverty; housing; inclusion of migrants and refugees; sustainable land use; circular economy; climate adaptation; energy transition; urban mobility; air quality; digital transition; and innovative and responsible public procurement.
Recently, two new partnerships have started their work on security in public spaces and cultural heritage.
The Pact of Amsterdam lists a number of existing and new tools to give an operational framework to the EU Urban Agenda. The partnerships are a new informal way of working on a limited number of themes. These bring together city representatives with Commission and Member State representatives and assess current European initiatives impacting cities.
To find out more about the EU Urban Agenda and the work of the partnerships, visit Futurium, the European Commission's platform dedicated to European citizens for discussing EU policies.
EUROCITIES statement on the EU Urban Agenda can be found here.
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