One year Pact of Amsterdam

EUKN, 2017


On 30 May 2016 was adopted the Pact of Amsterdam which launched the Urban Agenda for the European Union (UAEU). One year later, EUKN carried out a report which investigates the progress made with regard to the implementation of the 11 partnerships’ actions, their impacts and spin-off effects.

The report first analyses the state of development of each UAEU thematic partnership and focuses on the implementation of the other ten UAEU actions that fall mainly under the responsibility of EU institutions and organisations. The report highlights the impact of the UAEU on multilevel cooperation in the field of urban matters and on post-2020 EU policies. Data was collected through the analysis of relevant documents, tailor-made online surveys and interview with key stakeholders. The Pact of Amsterdam acted as a basis for evaluation. 

Despite the issues and concrete obstacles faced by the partnerships, the report shows that the UAEU benefit from the commitment of all levels of government and from the support of European institutions. The UAEU fosters coordination mechanisms with the involvement of local, regional and national authorities and strengthens awareness on integrated urban development. The UAEU also contributes to the implementation of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda in Europe.

One of the main findings of the reports is the spin-off effects that the Urban Agenda has triggered at national and international levels. Eight recommendations were outlined as an outcome of this report. The findings of this report were discussed during a Policy Lab on 4 July 2017 in Utrecht. Urban Futures Studio, a research centre from Utrecht University, has released two reports on the principles and potentials of the Urban Agenda: “Learning with cities, learning for cities” and “Learning to Experiment”.