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€82 million in ERDF funding for 20 city projects

They were put forward by cities under the Urban Innovative Actions project and focus on digital transition, sustainable use of land, urban poverty and urban security.

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Breda will share its ecosystem regeneration technology with other cities
Breda will share its ecosystem regeneration technology with other cities

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is financing 20 urban projects in cities across Europe with €82 million.

 

Projects were put forward by cities under the fourth call for proposals of the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) which is implemented by French region Hauts-de-France. They focus on the areas of digital transition, sustainable use of land and nature-based solutions, urban poverty and urban security.

 

Winning ideas

 

Winning cities include: Piraeus, which will establish a local council for crime prevention and set up a single-entry point for victims of crime; Lisbon, which is facilitating user feedback to improve the city’s mobility system; Breda, which is aiming to renature 7.500 m2 of urban area and share its innovative ecosystem regeneration technology with other cities; and Landshut, which will provide special health and childcare to single-parent families.

 

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, who is also in charge of Regional Policy, said no one is better placed than cities themselves to design the solutions that will transform life in urban areas: “This is why the Commission has been directly awarding EU funding to cities so they can test ideas that will make them great places to live in, work and innovate.”

 

Projects have not only been selected for their innovativeness but also for their capacity in establishing solid local partnerships with the right mix of complementary partners, in view of testing pilot ideas.

"No one is better placed than cities themselves to design the solutions that will transform life in urban areas"

In the coming months, each selected project will have a dedicated webpage within the UIA website with information on the implementation phase as well as the main learning points captured by UIA Experts.

 

The full description of the winning projects can be found here. The winning cities under category headings are:

  • urban security: Piraeus (Greece), Tampere (Finland), Turin (Italy);
  • digital transition: Gavà (Spain), Heerlen (Netherlands), Lisbon (Portugal), Ravenna (Italy), Rennes (France), Växjö (Sweden), Vienna (Austria);
  • sustainable use of land, nature-based solutions: Baia Mare (Romania), Breda (Netherlands), Latina (Italy), Prato (Italy), Plymouth (United Kingdom);
  • urban poverty: Bergamo (Italy), Getafe (Spain), Milan (Italy), Seraing (Belgium), Landshut (Germany).

The 5th and last call for proposals under the Urban Innovative Actions will be launched in September 2019. It will be the last opportunity for cities under the current EU budget 2014-2020 to seek financing for innovative actions in the areas of culture and cultural heritage, circular economy, air quality and demographic change. The winning cities will be announced in the second quarter of 2020.

 

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