cohesion policy

Cohesion policy is vital to economic growth and social cohesion across Europe. For many cities, structural funds provide essential support for major investment programmes which directly impact on the quality of life of citizens and the liveability and attractiveness of cities.

Today, cities account for 75% of the EU’s population, 80% of energy use and 85% of Europe’s GDP. Yet currently, only 10% of EU regional funding is directly dedicated to urban issues. We are working to strengthen the investments in cities via the structural funds in the next programming period from 2014 - 2020.   

The Commission’s proposals for the draft structural funds regulations, published on 5 October 2011, recognise the need for investing in cities. The proposals include many innovations with the potential to deliver integrated development on the ground and drive smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for the benefit of all – not only for those living in cities.

We welcomed the Commission’s proposals as a strong starting point and we have been working to maintain the strong urban dimension in the further negotiations on the future cohesion policy to ensure an adequate level of investment in our cities across the EU. 

We believe that the European model of well-managed urban concentration is the most sustainable form of development and our European cities are assets in terms of global competition. Only metropolitan Europe can compete with the power of emerging megacities of Asia and Latin America. Without investing seriously in our major cities, we will not be able to maintain our global competitiveness. A strong urban agenda is not only important for cities but for the economic future of Europe as a whole.

  •  cooperation

EU Pillar of Social Rights turns 1 year and cities prove commitment by actions

One year has passed since the EU Social Summit on 17 November 2017 in Gothenburg when the European Pillar of Social Rights was officially adopted. What has been done so far and what key actions are still required?

news

publication date: 16-11-2018

  •  environment

Joint lobby letter to the Environment Committee of the European Parliament on the LIFE programme 2021-2027

In view of the Environment Committee vote on 20 November on the European Commission’s proposal on the LIFE Programme for 2021–2027, EUROCITIES, FEDARENE, CEMR, Climate Alliance, Energy Cities and ICLEI request the support of Parliamentarians for the amendments presented in the attached document.

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publication date: 15-11-2018

New Eurofound report sheds light on social cohesion and well-being in Europe

In recent years, the EU has put increasing emphasis on the promotion of social cohesion as a central element for the improvement of quality of life for its citizens. With initiatives such as the Europe 2020 strategy, the social investment package and the European Pillar of Social Rights, the goal to promote fairer and more inclusive societies has taken centre stage. But is this EU goal hitting a home-run with EU citizens, or is the reality closer to a strike out?

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publication date: 14-11-2018

  •  cooperation

EUROCITIES Seminar and WG Cohesion Policy and Metropolitan Areas meeting (Warsaw,12-14 December)

Theme of seminar: Fostering metropolitan cooperation through cohesion policy

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start date: 12-12-2018
end date: 14-12-2018

Cities at the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart issue recommendations for a more socially sustainable Europe

The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum met in Stuttgart on 23-24 October 2018 to focus on the theme of 'Together for Socially Sustainable Cities: Anchoring the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve Social Rights for All'.

news

publication date: 26-10-2018

Five ways to a more social Europe

City politicians and experts from over 50 major European cities have called on the EU to strengthen commitments for a more social Europe.

publication

publication date: 24-10-2018

  •  cooperation

EUROCITIES Statement on ESF+

The European Social Fund (ESF) is a major source of funding for cities. It supports city measures for social inclusion, labour market integration, vocational training and skills development.

news

publication date: 18-10-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

Panorama magazine: Integrate to innovate

Marton Matko, EUROCITIES policy advisor,assesses the latest Commission action on urban policy.

publication

publication date: 08-10-2018

  •  cooperation

METREX Autumn Conference 2018,Brussels, 11 Oct 2018

METREX will hold its Autumn Conference 2018 in Brussels on 11 and 12 October. It coincides with the EU Week of the Regions. The latter will focus on the next round of EU programmes linked to (amongst others) the Cohesion Policies and the European Regional Development Fund

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start date: 11-10-2018
end date: 11-10-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

City Metric: If Juncker wants a stronger, more united Europe, he should listen to its cities

People are calling on the EU to change, and cities are a good example of how to do that!

publication

publication date: 14-09-2018