EU policies and tools in the field of integrated territorial and urban strategies

Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI)

Integrated territorial investments (ITI) allows EU Member States to bundle funding from several priority axes of one or more Operational Programmes (EU programmes) to ensure the implementation of an integrated strategy for a specific territory.

It is important to underline that ITIs can only be effectively used if the specific geographical area concerned has an integrated, cross-sectoral territorial strategy.

The key elements of an ITI are:

  • a designated territory and an integrated territorial development strategy;
  • a package of actions to be implemented;
  • and governance arrangements to manage the ITI.

In this factsheet you find more information on the Integrated Territorial Investment  (ITI) highlighting key elements of the future approach.

Community Led Local Development (CLLD)

Community Led Local Development (CLLD) is a specific tool for use at sub-regional level, which is complementary to other development support at local level. CLLD can mobilise and involve local communities and organisations to contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 Strategy goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, fostering territorial cohesion and reaching specific policy objectives. The main aims of CCLD are:

  • to encourage local communities to develop integrated bottom-up approaches in circumstances where there is a need to respond to territorial and local challenges calling for structural change
  • build community capacity and stimulate innovation (including social innovation), entrepreneurship and capacity for change by encouraging the development and discovery of untapped potential from within communities and territories
  • promote community ownership by increasing participation within communities and build the sense of involvement and ownership that can increase the effectiveness of EU policies
  • assist multi-level governance by providing a route for local communities to fully take part in shaping the implementation of EU objectives in all areas.

In this factsheet you find more information on the Community Led Local Development ( CLLD) hightlighting key elements of the future approach.

Integrated urban development

The various dimensions of urban life – environmental, economic, social and cultural -are interwoven and success in urban development can only be achieved through an integrated approach. Measures concerning physical urban renewal must be combined with measures promoting education, economic development, social inclusion and environmental protection. In addition, the development of strong partnerships between local citizens, civil society, the local economy and the various levels of government is a pre-requisite. The proposals from the European Commission for cohesion policy 2014-2020 aim to enhance sustainable urban development in order to strengthen the role of cities within the context of Cohesion Policy. The proposed European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) regulation provides for an increased focus on sustainable urban development. This should be achieved through the earmarking of a minimum of 5 % of ERDF resources for sustainable urban development.