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.

  •  economy

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publication date: 24-07-2020

  •  economy

What does the next 7-year EU budget mean for cities?

The European Commission has put its cards on the table, and this week national leaders agreed to the biggest ever EU budget proposal, to support recovery in Europe.

news

publication date: 24-07-2020

  •  cooperation

Save the date for EUROCITIES high-level political event on reinforcing social Europe with a strong urban dimension

EUROCITIES will organise a high-level political event online on 30 September to discuss 'Building a stronger social Europe for just transitions: what role for cities?' The event will be co-hosted by the European Commission and the European Parliament.

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start date: 30-09-2020
end date: 30-09-2020

  •  cooperation

Share your views on the future of social Europe

The European Commission has opened a broad public consultation on the future of social Europe. The consultation will gather ideas and recommendations for new policy actions or legal initiatives needed on different levels (EU, national, regional and local) to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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publication date: 16-07-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Highlights from our WG Children meeting online - cities united to mitigate COVID-19 impact on children

From the disruption of their schooling to their social skills and mental health and well-being, the pandemic has had a strong impact on children and young people. Home-schooling has deepened the inequalities in education and training. Child poverty is increasing in cities and the poorest are the hardest hit. These are some of the conclusions from the recent WG Children meeting held online on 10 July 2020.

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publication date: 15-07-2020

  •  economy

A strong cohesion policy for Europe’s recovery

Cities need to be at the heart of Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure that the critical green and digital transitions stay on track. And this should be coupled with a strong cohesion policy that leaves no place or person behind.

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publication date: 14-07-2020

  •  economy

#CohesionAlliance webinar: The European Recovery Plan and its implications for EU cohesion policy

The Committee of the Regions' #CohesionAlliance is organising a webinar to affirm cohesion as a fundamental value of the European Union and a key objective for all its policies and investment. The event will take place on 14 July from 12:00 to 13:30 CEST.

event

start date: 14-07-2020
end date: 14-07-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

Panorama: It is all happening in Europe’s cities

Ivo Banek, EUROCITIES Communications Director, shares some examples on the efforts made by city leaders to respond to COVID-19 and why cities need a new pact with the EU to build back better.

publication

publication date: 07-07-2020

  •  cooperation

Take part in EUROCITIES survey: How are cities fighting child poverty?

The COVID-19 crisis has strongly affected children, especially children in precarious family situations, who were affected in terms of schooling, physical and mental health and well-being, and even nutrition (lacking the school lunches). Home-schooling has deepened the inequalities in education and training.

news

publication date: 24-06-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

An EU recovery powered by cities

Cities have been the hardest hit by the crisis. During the pandemic, cities have dealt with unprecedented urban challenges. It is where the need to tackle poverty, inequality and discrimination is the most urgent. At the same time, local public budgets have been eroded due to declining tax revenues and sharp increase in demand for social services and income support. With many local businesses, shops and cultural venues facing bankruptcy, unemployment is increasing.

publication

publication date: 12-06-2020