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Results URBACT: connecting cities, building successes

URBACT is a European exchange and learning program promoting sustainable urban development. We help cities to develop pragmatic solutions that are new and sustainable, and that integrate economic, social and environmental dimensions. URBACT is jointly financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and the Member States. 20 URBACT Projects just completed after 3 years of working on joint, effective and sustainable solutions to major urban challenges. These projects have brought to light solutions that have proven effective and providing valuable support for policy makers and practitioners involved in tackling these challenges. We have highlighted a few of these projects:


Project Hero: cultural heritage as an economic opportunity
The project Hero developed a new approach to integrated management designed to allow cultural heritage to play a catalysing role in sustainable development through an "Integrated Cultural Heritage Management Plan". The final set of documents include relevant and useful reports providing guidance, recommendations and detailed information for successfully implementing such a plan. The cultural heritage of historic cities not only has a role to play in making these cities attractive, it must also adapt to new economic, demographic and environmental challenges. It needs to be integrated into the overall city development policy. The 9 partners in the Hero project set out to facilitate the balance between preserving cultural heritage and sustainable socio-economic development in historical cities in order to strengthen their attractiveness and competitiveness. You can read more about the results and recommendations.

Project FIN-URB-ACT: fostering and financing innovative economies and SMEs
Financing innovative enterprises and SMEs require the participation of a number of specialised private and public players, which do not generally include cities. Yet, today, these players are indispensible to the economic development and to attractiveness of these same cities. The 11 partners worked together to define what their role and contribution could be in terms of strategies and instruments that support SMEs.Read more about the results and recommendations

Project OPENCities: competitive advantage of diversity
Within the European Union, we are seeing changes in the migratory movements of people: while certain countries are beginning or continuing to benefit from positive flows, the new Member States are confronted with an on-going exodus of their populations. The project partners developed strategies that not only enable achieving an open city, but also got more mobile migratory populations to settle in their territory. Read more about the good practices and recommendations.