Urban development in Europe

EUKN, 2010


Cities play a crucial role in creating a sustainable, social and innovative Europe. This calls for an integrated approach involving all actors and all governmental layers, from local to European level. Sustainable urban development is to a large extent determined by the capacity of cities and urban regions to collect, create and implement evidence-based knowledge. By exchanging good practices, proven policies, research results, skills and experiences, urban planners and policy-makers at all governmental levels can respond more effectively to the grand urban challenges.

This key publication provides an overview of urban policy in 15 EU Member States. Each European country has its own background and national approach towards Urban Policy. The publication includes a survey conducted by the 15 EUKN National Focal Points and the EUKN Secretariat, as well as an interview with European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Mr. Johannes Hahn, Mr. Jan Olbrycht -Member of European Parliament and Chairman of the Urban Integroup- and Ms. Maria Rosario Alonso Ibáňez, the Director-General of Land and Urban Policies. All three share their views on a more inclusive and integrated urban Europe. The key findings of this publication revolve around contemporary issues in terms of sustainable urban development in Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. 

This publication illustrates how urban development has become more integrated and how local authorities, regions, member states and the European Commission are paving the way towards a smarter, more sustainable and more inclusive urban development. EUKN is committed, as a learning platform, to supporting all urban actors in this journey.