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Cohesion Policy 2014 - 2020: negotiations about the urban dimension

During the last couple of months the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) discussed the plans of the European Commission for Cohesion Policy and its urban dimension. Interestingly, MEPs are positive about the increasingly urban-oriented focus, but they do not support the ‘Urban Development Platform’. The following months will prove to be exciting as the Member States will enter the negotiations.

Cohesion Policy: positive elements for urban areas

The following 3 proposals were considered to be positive by the European Parliament:

  • Devote 5 % of the national ERDF allocation to integrated sustainable urban development actions
  • Plans to use ‘partnership contracts’ to determine how structural funding is being used within Member States. Regional and local authorities must be involved in setting up these contracts from the earliest possible stage, in line with the multi-level governance approach.
  • Allocation of 0.2% of ERDF to innovative actions in urban areas and the exchange of experience, networking and capacity-building.


The idea for an Urban Development Platform

The European Commission initially proposed the idea for the Urban Development Platform to foster the dialogue and exchange on urban policy at the EU level. However, this establishment of an ‘Urban Development Platform’ is opposed by the MEPs. According to the MEPs existing programmes (e.g. URBACT, EUKN) must be used instead of creating a ‘new’ Platform.

Member States have their say on Cohesion Policy

In the coming months the Member States will enter negotiations with the European Parliament and the European Commission on the urban dimension of Cohesion Policy and the allocation of budgets.  It will be exciting to see whether the Member States agree with the views of the MEPs and, especially, whether they are in favour of a large part of the budget being transferred to functional urban areas.


Find out cities’ views on of Cohesion Policy in a joint survey EMI and URBAN Intergroup

The URBAN Intergroup and EMI conducted a survey among 109 city and regional practitioners across Europe answering questions on the urban dimension of Cohesion Policy and urban policy in the European Union. For more information, please have a look at the results of the survey. For more information, please  visit URBAN Intergroup .