Cohesion Policy: positive elements for urban areas
The following 3 proposals were considered to be positive by the
- 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 .