Urban Agenda for the EU - Multi-level governance in action

EUKN and Ecorys, 2019


Three year after the Pact of Amsterdam was adopted, the Urban Agenda for the EU continues to mark an important step towards realizing the potential of cities to shape policy alongside national, regional and EU actors. The Urban Agenda for the EU is an innovative urban policy initiative, which has puts multi-level and multi-stakeholder governance into action. The Agenda enables cities, Member States, the European Commission and other key actors to cooperatively tackle important urban matters and bring concrete benefits to the EU citizens.

The European Commission has contracted the Urban Agenda for the EU Secretariat (European Urban Knowledge Network and Ecorys) to draft the state of play since the adoption of the Pact of Amsterdam, in May 2016. The Commission officially presented the “Urban Agenda for the EU – Multi-level governance in action” at the informal meeting of EU ministers responsible for urban matters on 14 June 2019. It highlights the diversity of actions and achievements obtained since the start of the Urban Agenda for the EU.

Furthermore, the brochure emphasizes the role of the Urban Agenda for the EU in building innovative and good governance, supporting governments and other actors to work in a more integrated way. For example, when reference is made to cross-cutting issues or the implementation of the New Urban Agenda of the UN. A range of actions supporting better regulation, better funding and better knowledge provides an understanding of many concrete results the Urban Agenda for the EU has contributed to. Through these actions, the Urban Agenda for the EU helps to strengthen urban policy in the EU by reinforcing the cooperation between cities, Member States and the EU.

This brochure also summarizes multiple EU programmes and initiatives addressing sustainable urban development.