Cohesion Policy in Urban Practice: An Ambitious Urban Agenda?

EUKN has developed its 2011 Key Publication on the Urban Dimension on Cohesion Policy in cooperation with the Polish Presidency. The negotiations for the new programming period are in full swing, and will continue over 2012 and 2013. Cohesion Policy can play a vital role in moderating the contradictions between opportunities and challenges that cities need to work on, and now is the time for cities to gain ground in getting local efforts recognised in the new regulations for the 2014 – 2020 Regulations.

The growing importance of urban policy

Successive presidencies of the EU have recognised the growing importance of urban policy and urban development, particularly at the Informal Ministerial Meetings on Urban Development in Lille in 2000, in Rotterdam in November 2004, in Bristol in December 2005, in Leipzig in May 2007, in Marseille in November 2008 and in Toledo in June 2010. The Polish presidency has continued the efforts on keeping urban issues on the European agenda.

Urban projects realising EU2020

This publication shows the great projects cities have been able to develop over the past years in order to realise a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe. All the case studies included in the publication have benefitted from EU financing, and are being realised in a wide range of national contexts.

An expert view on the Urban Dimension

Besides the case studies this publication offers the views of several experts on the Urban Dimension in the future programming period. The views of the local level, the Commission, the Polish presidency and from Eurocities are all included.

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