As a result of a co-creative process that started in 2018, the New Leipzig Charter was endorsed during the informal meeting of the Ministers responsible for urban matters on 30 November 2020.
The New Leipzig Charter strongly emphasises the transformative power of cities for the common good and aims to provide a framework for local and regional authorities, Member States and EU-level authorities to foster more resilient and sustainable cities and urban areas.
While the original Leipzig Charter of 2007 still represents a valuable guidance for urban policy in Europe, this new document has been updated to offer a more contemporary framework that addresses 21st century challenges.
Inspired by the core messages of the original Leipzig Charter around the need to promote integrated and sustainable urban development, the successor document reaffirms the power of cities to foster transformation through a place-based, multi-level and participatory approach – all while making sure urban policy serves the common good.
The New Leipzig Charter identifies the just, green and productive city dimensions as key to developing resilient cities that can deal with social, economic and ecological challenges. In this sense, digitalisation stands out as a cross-sectoral trend and instrument that can offer scalable solutions and trigger urban transformation.
To ensure its implementation, the non-binding New Leipzig Charter requests the commitment and contribution of EU institutions, Member and Partner States, as well as local and regional authorities and urban stakeholders at all levels.
For this same purpose, an Implementation Document was acknowledged alongside the Charter. It links the strategic principles of the New Leipzig Charter with the Urban Agenda for the EU’s working method and outlines concrete next steps for the Urban Agenda for the EU.
A scientific study on Local Governments’ Capacity to Act, coordinated by the EUKN Secretariat and drafted by Sabine Kuhlmann, Paul Benoît Dumas and Moritz Heuberger, underlines the New Leipzig Charter’s key quests with empirical evidence. Download the English version here.
The delivery of the New Leipzig Charter was the main priority of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the field of urban development.
The Secretariat of the EUKN is delighted to have been a part of its elaboration, supporting the German Presidency in the organisation of the dialogue process that brought together diverse stakeholders.
We whole-heartedly thank the German Presidency and the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development – as commissioning parties – as well the project consortium led by the German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development and including the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg and the EUKN Secretariat for the successful and pleasant cooperation!