Sustainable Urban Development in the EU – A policy and funding guide

The Inter-service Group on Urban Development of the EC has issued a two part guide entitled “The urban dimension in European Union policies, 2010.”  The Inter-service Group is focused on sustainable development of Europe’s urban areas and has these overall objectives:

  • To promote an integrated approach to sustainable urban development when programming and implementing the assistance of the Structural Funds;
  • To identify the initiatives under the various EU policies aiming to support sustainable development of urban areas and to ensure the necessary cooperation between the Commission services in this respect;
  • To ensure partnership between the Commission, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions, the associations of towns and urban areas and to establish regular dialogue allowing the exchange of views and the gathering of observations from these bodies on the consideration given to the urban dimension.

The newly issued Guide has the aim of increasing the visibility and viability of the European Union’s sustainable urban development and general urban development related policies for the period 2007-2013, and addressing how these policies impact urban areas; how urban areas can benefit from those policies and the role that cities should play in their implementation.

Not only does the Guide present a collection of good practice experiences, but also provides information on how the financial resources of the EU can be sourced to support initiatives.  As such, it is an excellent overview for all urban development stakeholders, from policy makers to NGOs and interested citizens.  This updated version is targeted at those working on urban issues in local and regional authorities, elected representatives, and all other stakeholders with an interest in urban development. It identifies initiatives which, under various EU policies, have both direct and indirect implications for the sustainable development of urban areas.  Appendices and notes in this Guide also provide links to additional sources of relevant information on the Internet.

The Guide may be accessed in PDF format in two parts by using the following links:

Part 1 – The urban dimension and the instruments of Cohesion Policy (English)

French version of Part 1 also available here

Part 2 – The urban dimension in other policies of the European Union (English)

French version of Part 2 also available here.

Citation: The urban dimension in European Union policies, 2010, Directorate-General for Regional Policy, Inter-Service Group on Urban Development

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