Ten years Leipzig Charter

EUKN, 2017


The report "Ten years after the Leipzig Charter, the enduring relevance of integrated urban development" investigates the state of integrated urban development in Europe, in the aftermath of the Leipzig Charter. The Leipzig Charter provided two key principles: 1) to make greater use of integrated urban development policy approaches and 2) to give special attention to deprived neighbourhoods within the context of the city as a whole. To do so, cooperation between different sectoral policies should be strengthened.

As part of the study, thirty-five European and five non-European countries have been investigated. Civil servants in national ministries dealing with urban affairs have been surveyed, complemented by desk surveys and external expertise. Three case studies have been carried out for the implementation of the Leipzig Charter principles on the ground. The case studies concern the cities of Vantaa, Brussels and Brno.

The report shows that integrated urban policy is part of the political mainstream in Europe, but the implementation process poses questions. Moreover, non-European countries facing challenges in terms of unsustainable urbanisation call for better governance in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. European countries can learn from them in the sense that their massive challenges can also give rise to creative social initiatives, fostering positive changes in the urban environment.

The Leipzig Charter and the Ten Years after the Leipzig Charter report are now more than ever relevant in light of the European structural policy after 2020 and the next German presidency of the Council of the EU. In addition, integrated urban development is a consistent theme within the Urban Agenda for the EU partnerships which are running until 2020.