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Air quality Air quality

Circular economy Circular economy CLOSE CLOSE

Circular economy Circular economy

Climate adaptation Climate adaptation CLOSE CLOSE

Climate adaptation Climate adaptation

Culture and Cultural Heritage Culture and Cultural Heritage CLOSE CLOSE

Culture and Cultural Heritage Culture and Cultural Heritage

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE CLOSE

Digital transition Digital transition

Energy transition Energy transition CLOSE CLOSE

Energy transition Energy transition

Housing Housing CLOSE CLOSE

Housing Housing

Inclusion of migrants and refugees Inclusion of migrants and refugees CLOSE CLOSE

Inclusion of migrants and refugees Inclusion of migrants and refugees

Jobs and skills Jobs and skills CLOSE CLOSE

Jobs and skills Jobs and skills

Public procurement Public procurement CLOSE CLOSE

Public procurement Public procurement

Security in Public spaces Security in Public spaces CLOSE CLOSE

Security in Public spaces Security in Public spaces

Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions CLOSE CLOSE

Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions

Urban mobility Urban mobility CLOSE CLOSE

Urban mobility Urban mobility

Urban poverty Urban poverty CLOSE CLOSE

Urban poverty Urban poverty

Air quality Air quality CLOSE

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Identification of gaps in regulation and implementation on air pollutant emission sources

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Other targets

National

Action status

Finalised

01

Identification of gaps in regulation and implementation on air pollutant emission sources

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This Action contributes to the Partnerships´ general aim to improve air quality in European cities by helping policymakers better understand and meet European air quality directives. The output was a position paper that reviews interactions between different regulations, and the implementation of air quality legislation providing information on funding mechanisms and knowledge sharing. The position paper was developed through a public consultation, and in liaison with the Partnership on Urban Mobility and the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. The position paper Ambient Air Quality Directives is available online.

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Partnership members involved

London (Action leader)
The Netherlands
Helsinki
Croatia
Poland
Duisburg
JRC

Air quality Air quality CLOSE

02

Better air quality planning

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Action status

Finalised

02

Better air quality planning

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Almost 3/4 of Europeans live in cities, which are the immediate level of intervention in dealing with threats to human health coming from pollutants. However, air quality planning in the EU does not always fall under the responsibility of cities. This raises two needs to improve coordination between different levels of governance, and to improve coordination within cities between sectors that impact air quality levels. In order to address this, the Partnership developed a Code of Good Practice and a European Catalogue of Air Quality Measures in order to share information on air quality measures and facilitate their comparative analysis.

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Partnership members involved

Milan (Action leader)
All Partners

Other stakeholders involved

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Air quality Air quality CLOSE

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Better targeted funding for Air Quality

Better funding

Main target

Local

Action status

Finalised

Output

Strategy/Plan/Roadmap

03

Better targeted funding for Air Quality

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Various EU and national funds are available for the design and implementation of pollution policies. However, there is an overall lack of specific funding programmes for air quality projects, and they are generally difficult to access. This action aimed to address this by developing a user-friendly set of guidelines on financing air quality plans, which includes recommendations for improving existing funding instruments on air quality and making them more targeted.

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Partnership members involved

Milan (Action leader)
All Partners

Other stakeholders involved

The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

Air quality Air quality CLOSE

04

Better focus on the protection and on the improvement of citizens' health

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Finalised

Output

Data and indicators

04

Better focus on the protection and on the improvement of citizens' health

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Air quality is a major determining factor for quality of life. This action aims to help local policymakers and practitioners better understand the health impacts of pollution. The result was a Health Impact Assessment tool, which measures the health gains and costs of different urban planning measures. It is available online as a downloadable Excel spreadsheet, in which variables (e.g. population or concentrations of atmospheric pollutants) can be inserted to conduct a health impact assessment analysis. The tool is supported by user-friendly, step-by-step instructions and a background document report.

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Partnership members involved

Utrecht (Action leader)
All partners

05

Awareness raising and knowledge sharing

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The general public in Europe is often not aware of measures in place to improve air quality, neither of the negative impacts of poor air quality on their health. The Partnership has found that this represents a barrier to the effectiveness of air quality policy measures, and that increased public awareness is essential to improve support for air quality management measures. Through this action, the Partnership has developed a communication toolbox and training course for awareness-raising strategies on air quality issues and solutions, thereby giving cities a resource for engaging with the wider public on this topic.

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Partnership members involved

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) (Action leader)
All partners

Circular economy Circular economy CLOSE

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Mainstreaming the circular economy as an eligible area into the post 2020 Cohesion Policy and corresponding funds

Better funding

Main target

National

Action status

Finalised

01

Mainstreaming the circular economy as an eligible area into the post 2020 Cohesion Policy and corresponding funds

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The shift towards a circular economy is expected to begin in urban areas where the economic, social and territorial impact is greater and the conditions for integrated interventions are met. Therefore, it is necessary for the European Union's Cohesion Policy to mainstream the circular economy, and provide the required funding through the European Structural and Investment Funds. This action lead to the elaboration of a detailed set of legislative options and complementary recommendations that could be useful to the Commission services in charge of planning the European Cohesion Policy post 2020.

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Partnership members involved

Greece (Action leader)
DG REGIO
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Flanders

Circular economy Circular economy CLOSE

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Prepare a Circular City Funding Guide to assist cities in accessing funding for circular economy projects

Better funding

Main target

EU

Action status

Half implementation

02

Prepare a Circular City Funding Guide to assist cities in accessing funding for circular economy projects

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Cities often lack awareness of the existing sources of funding and financing for circular economy investments the conditions for accessing and/or blending them, and knowledge on how to design and set up funding programmes for circular economy projects. The guide being under this action will help public and private actors identify and apply for suitable sources of funding and financing for their circular city projects. The guide will also support funders in assessing and providing funding to circular projects. The guide will be presented at CITIES forum 2020.

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Partnership members involved

European Investment Bank (EIB) (Action leader)
Flanders
Slovenia
Greece
EUROCITIES
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+)
DG RTD
DG ENV

Circular economy Circular economy CLOSE

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Prepare a blueprint for a Circular City Portal

Better knowledge

Main target

Regional

Other targets

National

Action status

Half implementation

Output

Toolkit

03

Prepare a blueprint for a Circular City Portal

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The majority of cities in the EU currently lack comprehensive strategies for the circular economy that go beyond the utility and waste management sector. The aim of this action is to contribute to the creation of an openly shared knowledge basis that can inspire and guide cities in their journey towards a circular economy. First, it will work towards this by compiling freely available relevant information and resources on the development of the circular economy in cities. Then, it will work towards promoting the development and dissemination of new information on the subject, with a focus on their practical implementation.

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Partnership members involved

Flemish Region (Action leader)
Slovenia
Oslo
Greece
EUROCITIES
URBACT
CEMR
Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+)
European Investment Bank (EIB)
DG ENV

Circular economy Circular economy CLOSE

04

Promote Urban Resource Centres for waste prevention, re-use and recycling

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Sustainability secured

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

04

Promote Urban Resource Centres for waste prevention, re-use and recycling

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To enable the transition to a circular economy, there needs to be a stronger focus on waste prevention, re-use and recycling in local waste management. Cities should make it easier to reduce waste and develop more sustainable consumption patterns. This action aims to facilitate this through the establishment of Urban Resources Centres – physical centres that enable sustainable consumption within a city, provide education on waste prevention and facilitate re-use, repair and recycling. This will be done through a report investigating their potential, enabling peer-to-peer exchange, and providing information on alternative forms of funding.

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Partnership members involved

Oslo (Action leader)
Porto
The Hague
Greece
EUROCITIES
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

Other stakeholders involved

RREUSE

Circular economy Circular economy CLOSE

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Develop a Collaborative Economy Knowledge Pack for cities

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Toolkit

05

Develop a Collaborative Economy Knowledge Pack for cities

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The Collaborative Economy is a new, rapidly developing economic paradigm, and is the driving force behind many circular economy initiatives. Due to its novelty and complexity, it remains inadequately understood by many practitioners. This action involves the creation of a holisticco-created and up-to-date knowledge pack on the Urban Circular Collaborative Economy. With such a pack, stakeholders will be able to make the most of the collaborative economy’s benefits, and anticipate and mitigate possible negative impacts.

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Partnership members involved

The Hague (Action leader)
Porto
Greece
URBACT
Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+)

Other stakeholders involved

ICLEI
Barcelona City Council
EURO-SHE
Europa Decentraal
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
Ouishare
Transition Network
Procomuns
DRIFT
FAB City
LabGov
P2P Foundation
Hofstede Insights
Nesta
ShareNL
EURO-LATAM LEX
CALUP
Shared Cities (SCCM)
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)
Ideas for Change

Circular economy Circular economy CLOSE

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Help make waste legislation support the circular economy in cities

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Action status

Half implementation

Output

Modification to existing EU legislation

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Help make waste legislation support the circular economy in cities

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In the context of waste management, regulations are not always optimised and may even be counterproductive for the circular economy. In cities, such barriers become apparent when recycling household waste and when preparing re-use initiatives, such as setting up repair centres. The Partnership will assess these legal and policy frameworks in order to gather more precise and comprehensive information on the obstacles and drivers for boosting the use of secondary raw materials from waste streams. It will lead to policy recommendations to adapt or complement existing frameworks in order to facilitate this.

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Partnership members involved

The Hague (Action leader)
Oslo
Prato
Greece
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
EUROCITIES
DG ENV

Circular economy Circular economy CLOSE

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Help make water legislation support the circular economy in cities

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Action status

Finalised

Output

Policy recommendations

07

Help make water legislation support the circular economy in cities

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Efficient re-use of water is essential in the transition towards a circular economy. Increasing the available volume of re-used water for appropriate use (i.e. street cleaning) would reduce demands on scarce drinking water. The Partnership calls for robust and comprehensive EU legislation to create an environment where cities will develop and implement solutions for water re-use as part of a strategy for better water management and a transition towards a circular economy. To help drive this forward, the Partnership developed a position paper which was fed into ongoing revisions of EU strategies on water and wastewater.

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Partnership members involved

Prato (Action leader)
Oslo
Slovenia
EUROCITIES
DG CLIMA
DG ENV

Circular economy Circular economy CLOSE

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Develop a Circular Resource Management Roadmap for cities

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Strategy/Plan/Roadmap

08

Develop a Circular Resource Management Roadmap for cities

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Transitioning towards a circular economy implies improved resource efficiency, meaning reducing of the use of virgin resources and increasing the use of secondary resources. Supporting and enabling local actors to identify and exploit these opportunities may help to speed up cities’ transition. This action addresses this through the development of a roadmap which enables cities to develop an urban resource management plan. In this roadmap, the three main elements of resource management will be incorporated - mapping of resources and resource flows - brokerage facilities to bridge the gap between supply and, - demandand monitoring results.

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Partnership members involved

The Hague (Action leader)
Oslo
Porto
Prato
Kaunas
Poland
Slovenia
Finland
EUROCITIES
URBACT
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+)
European Investment Bank (EIB)

Circular economy Circular economy CLOSE

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Manage the re-use of buildings and spaces in a circular economy

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

09

Manage the re-use of buildings and spaces in a circular economy

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What can cities do to ensure underused spaces are re-used and become attractive again – how can citizens help shape this process? And how is the circular economy connected to this? The circular economy presents an opportunity for citizens and urban authorities to rethink their cities. In a circular city, abandoned or unused buildings are opportunities and valuable resource splaces of interaction that support their neighbourhood. This action aims to provide guidance to policymakers seeking to develop and implement different solutions for circular reuse of space and buildingsas a part of a strategy for better urban management.

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Partnership members involved

Prato (Action leader)
Oslo
Flanders
Slovenia
Greece
Finland
URBACT
Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+)
DG REGIO
DG ENV

Circular economy Circular economy CLOSE

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Develop City Indicators for a Circular Economy

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Finalised

10

Develop City Indicators for a Circular Economy

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Through the work of implementing circular economy at the local level, cities have experienced the need to develop monitoring indicators to be able to report on their work. The Partnership has identified the lack of such indicators as a main barrier faced by cities when implementing circular economy strategies. Under this action, the Partnership developed a guidance document with proposals for city indicators on a transition towards a Circular Economy. The issues and mapping paper is available online.

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Partnership members involved

Oslo (Action leader)
Porto
Flanders
Slovenia
Greece
Finland
EUROCITIES
Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+)
EIB
DG RTD
DG ENV

Circular economy Circular economy CLOSE

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Develop a “Pay-as-you-throw” toolkit with coaching

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Finalised

11

Develop a “Pay-as-you-throw” toolkit with coaching

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Pay As You Throw (PAYT) schemes charge citizens a levy for generating waste, and have been deemed effective in promoting source separation. By offering door-to-door collection and tracking residual waste and recycling city wide, it can greatly increase recycling, as the system rewards people and business who separate waste and penalises those who do not. This action has developed a PAYT toolkit to support cities, providing guidelines and workshopsthus making it easier for cities to set the right price level and monitoring systems so PAYT systems can be installed for maximum effectiveness.

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Partnership members involved

Prato (Action leader)
The Hague
Oslo
Greece
Poland
Finland

Circular economy Circular economy CLOSE

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Analyse the regulatory obstacles and drivers for boosting an urban circular bioeconomy

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Other targets

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

12

Analyse the regulatory obstacles and drivers for boosting an urban circular bioeconomy

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Decision makers should be provided with information on the regulatory aspects for boosting an urban circular bioeconomy in EU cities, with special reference to the production of urban biowaste-based products. This action will provide a paper presenting the regulatory aspects (including obstacles and drivers) of legislation influencing the production of biobased products (e.g. biobased chemicals, plastics, fertilisers, etc.) from the organic fraction of municipal solid waste and urban wastewater sludge. The outcomes of this analysis will be shared with the European Commission to improve existing legislation in this policy area.

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Partnership members involved

Oslo (Action leader)
European Commission
Porto
Finland
Greece

Climate adaptation Climate adaptation CLOSE

01

Analysis of national multilevel urban development and planning regulations with focus on climate adaptation

Better regulation

Main target

National

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

Data and indicators

01

Analysis of national multilevel urban development and planning regulations with focus on climate adaptation

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Climate adaptation requires a long-term strategy, for which multilevel strategic spatial planning and urban development planning are some of the best tools. Often, these tools are not detailed enough, or do not contain the relevant information to be used by the target audience (decision makers of municipalities). This action therefore aims to collect and analyse all available multilevel regulation tools on urban development and planning regulations in the context of multilevel climate adaptation strategies. This will generate conclusions and suggestions for regulations and programmes which will be made available for use.

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Partnership members involved

Hungary (Action leader)
Financial sector
EUROCITES
Covenant of Mayors
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

Other stakeholders involved

Financial sector
EU cities for testing

Climate adaptation Climate adaptation CLOSE

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Guidelines and toolkit for the economic analysis of adaptation projects

Better funding

Main target

EU

Action status

Half implementation

Output

Toolkit

02

Guidelines and toolkit for the economic analysis of adaptation projects

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Economic cost-benefit analyses (CBAs) are used to help provide the justification for project approval. CBAs can be particularly challenging for climate adaptation projects due to high levels of uncertainty, and the difficulty in estimating future benefits and avoided losses. As a result, it has been difficult for financial institutions to develop quick and cost-effective in-house CBAs that permit robust decision making for adaptation projects. This action proposes the analysis of existing methodologies and good practices of economic analysis of climate adaptation to develop a toolkit for practitioners.

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Partnership members involved

European Investment Bank (EIB) (Action leader)
Local Authorities network (Covenant Supporter and/or Coordinator)
Covenant Clubs
France
Hungary

Other stakeholders involved

Local Authorities Network (Covenant Supporter and/or Coordinator)
Covenant Clubs

Climate adaptation Climate adaptation CLOSE

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Including recommendations for the Operating Programmes in the European Regional Development Fund in order to improve its accessibility for municipalities

Better funding

Main target

National

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Policy recommendations

03

Including recommendations for the Operating Programmes in the European Regional Development Fund in order to improve its accessibility for municipalities

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The accessibility of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) by cities and towns is limited due to the complexity of fulfilling all requirements. It is necessary to define the barriers encountered by ERDF funding applicantsand identify solutions to overcome them. The aim is that these be included as recommendations for the Operational Programmes of the ERDF to improve accessibility. They will also identify where bureaucracy could be diminishedand how more funds could be allocated to climate adaptation projects.

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Partnership members involved

Barcelona Provincial Council (Diputació de Barcelona)(Action leader)
European Investment Bank (EIB) (Action leader)
French Ministry of Territorial Cohesion
Polish Ministry of Environment
Potenza
Genova
Province of Barcelona
EASME
DG CLIMA
Covenant of Mayors office

Climate adaptation Climate adaptation CLOSE

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A new LIFE for urban adaptation projects

Better funding

Main target

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Policy recommendations

04

A new LIFE for urban adaptation projects

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The LIFE programme is an EU funding instrument for environment and climate adaptation projects. The action aims to enhance cities' capacity to access the funding available under this programme by upscaling existing national frameworks that support cities, and by making concrete suggestions that cities can implement which will improve their access to the LIFE programme, including access to technical assistance resources.

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Partnership members involved

European Commission (Action leader)
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
DG CLIMA
DG GROW
Potenza
Genova

Climate adaptation Climate adaptation CLOSE

05

Improving EU municipalities knowledge of the framework of the Copernicus Climate Change Service

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Action status

Half implementation

Output

Policy recommendations

05

Improving EU municipalities knowledge of the framework of the Copernicus Climate Change Service

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Effective tools for territorial analysis are required in order to plan effective climate adaptation strategies. Information available from the Copernicus Climate Change Service can be used freely, and helps cities formulate effective adaptation strategies. However, there is a gap between the knowledge available and potential users. This gap can be bridged by targeted training tools. This action will develop such tools in the form of training sessions, a workshop and a webinar, improving the ability of local authorities to use this resource to and develop more effective climate adaptation strategies.

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Partnership members involved

European Commission (Action leader)
DG CLIMA
Covenant of Mayors for
Climate and Energy
DG REGIO
EASME
DG Research
European Investment Bank

Other stakeholders involved

European Environment Information and Observation Network Leaders of EU funded projects

Climate adaptation Climate adaptation CLOSE

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Enhancing the local content of Climate-ADAPT

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Policy recommendations

06

Enhancing the local content of Climate-ADAPT

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A series of tools, guidelines and resources useful to city-level climate adaptation are available through Climate-ADAPT, the 'one-stop shop' for adaptation information in Europe. However, local practitioners have difficulties selecting the resources appropriate to their situation. The information on EU funding for urban adaptation requires more promotion, also through best practice case studies. This action aims to enhance the usability and local content of the platform to increase its value for municipalities.

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Partnership members involved

European Commission (Action leader)
Glasgow
Genova
Loulé
Potenza
EUROCITIES

Climate adaptation Climate adaptation CLOSE

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Political training on climate adaptation

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

07

Political training on climate adaptation

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Climate adaptation measures sometimes require substantial up-front investments that can only be secured with sufficient knowledge, political backing and coordination at city level. This action targets this issue by delivering training on climate adaptation to local politicians. The sessions focus on the benefits of climate adaptation, how to deal with them in a city, and how to communicate with citizens and involve different actors. They also help raise awareness of the costs of inaction. The final outcome of the sessions are that politicians are able to better implement concrete adaptation measures in their cities.

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Partnership members involved

Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
European Commission
EUROCITIES
Climate Alliance

Other stakeholders involved

Covenant of Mayors
Climate Alliance

Climate adaptation Climate adaptation CLOSE

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Enhancing stakeholder involvement at regional and local levels

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Strategy/Plan/Roadmap

08

Enhancing stakeholder involvement at regional and local levels

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Stakeholder engagement is key in municipal policy-making and climate adaptation planning, and additional efforts are needed to raise awareness among stakeholders on adaptation-related issues. This can be done by encouraging stakeholder consultation as common practice at the municipal level. Through this action, the Commission and its initiatives for cities (e.g. the Covenant of Mayors and URBACT) will explore ways to encourage collaborative approaches where stakeholders have their say in the decision-making at local level. This will ensure a greater awareness and commitment of citizens and other local stakeholders in climate adaptation policies.

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Partnership members involved

European Commission
Municipalities
Regional authorities

Other stakeholders involved

Insurance and re-insurance companies
European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)

Climate adaptation Climate adaptation CLOSE

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Promote open access of insurance data for climate risk management

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Data and indicators

09

Promote open access of insurance data for climate risk management

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Climate related damage is expected to increase due to increasing incidents of extreme weather. This will imply financial burdens on governments and citizens. Risk transfer and disaster risk response are important elements of strategies on adaptation to climate change. The insurance sector and public sector at municipal level do not share their information on disaster loss data, which may result in higher damages, recovery costs and premiums charged by insurers. This action investigates and promotes open access of insurance data for climate risk management.

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Partnership members involved

European Commission (Action leader)
Cities
Local and National Authorities involved in the partnership National municipality associations

Climate adaptation Climate adaptation CLOSE

10

Further engagement of national and sub-national government associations as key facilitators to best support local authorities in their adaptation process

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Other targets

EU

Action status

Half implementation

Output

Strategy/Plan/Roadmap

10

Further engagement of national and sub-national government associations as key facilitators to best support local authorities in their adaptation process

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Climate adaptation often calls for the development long-term strategies, which is not always the main dimension of political will and decision making at the municipal level. This represents a distinct weakness for municipalities in the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy application process. This action aims to strengthen the role and reinforce the commitment of (sub-) national government associations as facilitators for local municipalities to implement their climate adaptation strategies.

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Partnership members involved

Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) (Action leader)
EUROCITIES
European Commission
Oslo
Flanders
EUROCITIES Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
EIB
DG REGIO

Culture and Cultural Heritage Culture and Cultural Heritage CLOSE

01

Work in progress

01

Work in progress

Culture and cultural heritage, as a tangible testimony of historical sedimentation in cities and civilisations, has been recognised as an important topic for the EU. The Partnership on Culture and Cultural Heritage is currently developing its Action Plan, which will mainly identify actions necessary to tackle the problems met by cities during their implementation of projects relating to the protection, promotion and creation of cultural heritage as a means for sound, sustainable and qualitative urban processes. The Partnership intends to analyse the role of culture and cultural services in the development of more inclusive and cohesive cities.

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Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

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Mainstreaming EU Digital Competence Framework for citizens into daily use

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Other targets

Local

Action status

Dropped

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

01

Mainstreaming EU Digital Competence Framework for citizens into daily use

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Digital competence is a basic need for citizens working, living and learning in the knowledge society. To improve EU citizens’ digital competence, the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp) was developed by the Commission in 2013. However, there is insufficient awareness and use of the tool. This action aims to promote DigComp by examining how existing and developing digital competence strategies address the identified components of the framework- privacy, security, etc..

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Partnership members involved

Helsingborg (Action leader)
Sofia

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

02

Digital Neighbourhood Instrument

Better funding

Main target

Local

Other targets

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Strategy/Plan/Roadmap

02

Digital Neighbourhood Instrument

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We live in a digital society, where online services and digital resources enable mobility, access to services, and employability, among others. Millions of people across Europe lack the basic digital skills needed to make use of these services and resources. This action seeks to tackle this by developing a neighbourhood instrument which establishes access points where people can get support and training for digital services. These points will be established in places where people usually meet, to ensure universal and non-discriminatory access. The pilot cities are Helsingborg (Sweden)Oulu (Finland) and Sofia (Bulgaria).

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Partnership members involved

Sofia (Action leader)
Helsingborg
Oulu

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

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Capacity-Building and Spreading of Pilots in Regions and Cities

Better knowledge

Main target

National

Action status

Finalised

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

03

Capacity-Building and Spreading of Pilots in Regions and Cities

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Cities and Regions – all over Europe and of all sizes - must be part of the digital transition. They have to make decisions about technical and other infrastructure, services and data policy, a task which is hugely knowledge intensive. Therefore, the development of a curriculum for the digital transformation at the local level is necessary. This action will do this by developing a capacity building programme on digitalisation for civil servants at local level.

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Partnership members involved

Estonia (Action leader)

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

04

Helping cities develop a user-centric eGovernment model

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Other targets

National

Action status

Half implementation

Output

New governance body/structure

04

Helping cities develop a user-centric eGovernment model

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Digital progress is transforming European economies and societies. Cities are searching for new ways to provide services for their citizens, who in turn expect services to be simple, transparent and user-friendly. This action aims to help cities do this by developing a strategy for the development of an e-government platform. It will create an open source toolbox where practitioners can find relevant instruments, such as the Digital Service Infrastructure Building Blocks (eID, eSignature, eDelivery etc,).

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Partnership members involved

Eindhoven (Action leader)
Estonia
EUROCITIES
Helsingborg
Hamburg

Other stakeholders involved

Split
Kutina
Antwerp

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

05

Developing the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) at local level (“DESI local”)

Better knowledge

Main target

National

Other targets

EU

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

Data and indicators

05

Developing the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) at local level (“DESI local”)

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Digital performance in Europe is currently measured at the Member State level by the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), an index summarising progress on connectivity, digital skills, use of internet, integration of digital technology by businesses and digital public services. However, the same index for European cities is missing. This action aims to create such an index, which would be measured at a local level entitled DESI local. This would function as a first step towards understanding digital performance at urban level, and is a great opportunity to address local policies and increase the use of digital services for citizens.

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Partnership members involved

Estonia (Action leader)
ESPON

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

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Build a data taxonomy at a European level

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Other targets

Local

Action status

Finalised

Output

Data and indicators

06

Build a data taxonomy at a European level

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There is an on-going discussion on how to make the taxonomy of data (as a normalised classification) available to and endorsed by all cities in Europe. The aim of this action is to define concepts that are too fuzzy to be used efficiently, such as "public" and "private" data. A normalised data taxonomy is useful in driving data strategies. This taxonomy will not be compulsory, and should be seen as a guide to help cities. A data taxonomy has therefore been compiled, containing a hierarchical classification of data based on shared characteristics. The main goal is to have shared definitions for all types of data.

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Partnership members involved

Lyon (Action leader)
Helsingborg

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

07

Access and reuse of private sector data of general interest by the public authorities

Better regulation

Main target

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

07

Access and reuse of private sector data of general interest by the public authorities

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Current legislation does not guarantee public authorities free access to data generated in cities, unless this is contractually agreed upon in advance. Public authorities, citizens and local businesses must have access to data collected in public spaces where this would be in the general interest and would improve the functioning of cities. This action aims to support the development of EU-level regulations that allow access and re-use of data collected in public spaces for the development of new services and solutions for and in cities. It involves the preparation of a proposal on EU regulation, addressed to the EU institutions.

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Partnership members involved

EUROCITIES (Action leader)

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

08

Specify and monitoring of standardized Planned Land Use data for formal and informal urban planning participation processes

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Other targets

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Data and indicators

08

Specify and monitoring of standardized Planned Land Use data for formal and informal urban planning participation processes

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For the exchange of digital planning data between actors involved in planning processes, as well as for the internet-based visualisation of planning data to potential users, a digital harmonised data exchange format is needed. When it comes to urban planning, many cities still lack the finance or knowledge to implement platforms for (digital) participatory urban planning. The objective of this action is - to define guidelines for providing standardised spatial planning data, which can be implemented in informal and formal participation processes and, - develop a transferable model for setting up a participatory urban planning platform.

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Partnership members involved

Hamburg (Action leader)
Helsingborg

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

09

MyData in digital transition – Elaboration of a European roadmap on “mydata”

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Other targets

Local

Action status

Finalised

Output

Data and indicators

09

MyData in digital transition – Elaboration of a European roadmap on “mydata”

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As the importance of personal data in society expands, it becomes increasingly urgent to ensure that individuals are in a position to know and control their personal data. In the EU, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into application in May 2018, which strengthens individual rights with regards to data. The MyData model is aligned with the GDPR and can support its implementation. This action seeks to promote a human-centered approach to personal data. The outputs are a common understanding of the use of personal data and concrete practices in personal data, such as templates for the terms of use and conditions in sharing data.

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Partnership members involved

Lyon (Action leader)
Oulu

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

10

Building innovation and dissemination accelerator

Better funding

Main target

Local

Other targets

EU

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

Strategy/Plan/Roadmap

10

Building innovation and dissemination accelerator

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Cities often make insufficient use of resources and innovation potential due to a lack of information and communication. The objective of this action is to set up an innovation acceleration platform that works as an instrument for cities to share experiences on different activities and processes regarding the development and application of digital solutions. While cities can use the accelerator for sharing knowledge about different practical solutions through a lessons-learned approach, this action focuses on providing tools which cities can use to build their own innovation ecosystems.

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Partnership members involved

Eindhoven (Action leader)
Eurocities
Helsingborg

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

11

Implementing the digital framework for emerging technologies within the digital infrastructure

Better funding

Main target

Local

Other targets

Local

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

Strategy/Plan/Roadmap

11

Implementing the digital framework for emerging technologies within the digital infrastructure

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Cities need to define how to exploit digitalisation and new technologies in order to best serve their citizens. There are two main challenges what do cities need to do (and invest in) to create an adaptive digital infrastructure? And how can cities exploit new technology as part their digital infrastructure? This action aims to address this by - building a digital guide which helps cities and countries implement new technologies (from an ethical, technical, procurement and legal perspective), and deliver continuous input for European legislation and, - a white label for cities on how to implement (and invest) in digital infrastructure.

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Partnership members involved

Eindhoven (Action leader)
Oulu

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

12

Co-creating a business model approach for cities

Better funding

Main target

Local

Action status

Half implementation

Output

Toolkit

12

Co-creating a business model approach for cities

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There is an increasing need for innovative ways to exploit opportunities for digital transition in the urban contextand cities need to adopt appropriate business models that should be the result of co-creation between cities with similar enough challenges and objectives for digital transition. This action will develop a business approach and city tools for digital transition, which acknowledges the scalability, sustainability, replicability and adaptability of citizen-centric and inclusive digital services.

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Partnership members involved

Oulu (Action leader)

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

13

Development of 5G regulation to enable local micro-operators in cities

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Action status

Finalised

Output

Policy preparation/Impact assessment

13

Development of 5G regulation to enable local micro-operators in cities

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The full benefits of 5G as a key enabler for digital transition in cities can only be fully taken advantage of when the mobile communication market is opened for new innovative services through the establishment of local 5G networks. The objective of this action is the promotion of locally deployed 5G networks, to enable digital transition in cities. This will has been done through the development of a practical framework for cities and countries to implement 5G networks as innovation platforms supporting the development of new technology.

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Partnership members involved

Oulu
Eurocities

Digital transition Digital transition CLOSE

14

Strengthen the ability for cities to act within the digital transition

Better funding

Main target

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Strategy/Plan/Roadmap

14

Strengthen the ability for cities to act within the digital transition

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Digital transition revolutionises the European urban landscape. The challenge is to find financing tools that enable true transition and accelerate the adoption of new processes and solutions in cities. The objective of this action is to develop a Digital Transition Funding Programme that enables diversified projects and combines different sectors. In order to take different digital maturity levels in cities into account, there will be benchmark tool and mentoring to help applicants apply for funds. The output will be Framework to be proposed to the European Commission for a funding programme to support cities in digital transition.

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Partnership members involved

Oulu (Action leader)
EUROCITIES
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

Other stakeholders involved

Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC)
Housing Europe
International Union of Tenant (IUT)

Energy transition Energy transition CLOSE

01

Creation of 'Financing for District Energy' task group

Better funding

Main target

Local

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

New governance body/structure

01

Creation of 'Financing for District Energy' task group

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One of the major zero carbon goals for cities is to equip buildings with sustainable heating systems. In the future, sustainable heating systems will often be developed for multiple consumers and buildings at the neighbourhood or district level. With this mind, this action will generate a paper for the European Commission that argues for the creation of a new governance body– the ‘Financing for district energy’ task group. The task group will bring district energy and financing experts together to share experiences, and identify the most appropriate sources of funding for sustainable district energy.

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Partnership members involved

Groningen (Action leader)
Navarra
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
Gothenburg
Tilburg
European Investment Bank (EIB)

Energy transition Energy transition CLOSE

02

Maximising use of waste heat in cities

Better regulation

Main target

EU

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

Policy recommendations

02

Maximising use of waste heat in cities

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Currently, the EU produces more waste heat than the heat demand of its entire building stock. Waste or secondary heat sources could displace a significant amount of the primary energy demand in cities, and form an essential component of a cost-effective energy transition. This action will develop a position paper setting out the barriers and proposing potential solutions. These will be identified through consultation and workshops with heat network operators, cities and waste heat producers. Such solutions would make use of existing policy and regulatory leverswhile suggesting new ideas and viable financial incentives.

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Partnership members involved

Euroheat & Power (Action leader)
Tilburg
Roeselare
Udine
Gorningen
Gothenburg
EUROCITIES
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
CELCIUS 2 project

Energy transition Energy transition CLOSE

03

Guidance on energy masterplanning for cities

Better regulation

Main target

National

Other targets

Local

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

03

Guidance on energy masterplanning for cities

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The energy transition demands a complex, decentralised energy system that is best achieved through energy master planning - a spatial and sometimes temporal approach to determining the energy needs of a locality, combining a variety of power and heat sources. Energy master planning is a complex activity, and there is limited support available for cities to develop this. There is also a growing movement in Europe to decentralise energy infrastructure, and thus a need to adapt the governance of energy systems. This action will develop a supporting document that can assist cities and municipalities in adopting the energy master planning process.

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Partnership members involved

Germany
Warsaw
Energy Cities
Tilburg
Gothenburg
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
EUROCITIES
Udine

Energy transition Energy transition CLOSE

04

Deployment desks for city retrofitting

Better knowledge

Main target

Regional

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

New governance body/structure

04

Deployment desks for city retrofitting

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There are around 250 million homes in the EU which will need to be retrofitted before 2050 in order to meet climate goals and deliver adequate heating, a process which requires appropriate funding mechanisms. The creation of ‘Deployment Desks’ (dedicated public offices which would function mainly as project development units) offers a potential solution to this challenge. The idea is that they function as one-stop-shops for municipalities and property owners. The action will provide guidance on how to create, develop and operationalise the 'Deployment Desk' concept in cities and regions.

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Partnership members involved

Navarra Nasuvinsa (Action leader)
Vidzeme
EUROCITIES
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

Energy transition Energy transition CLOSE

05

Closer cooperation with EU bodies to promote energy transition funding

Better funding

Main target

Local

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

Policy recommendations

05

Closer cooperation with EU bodies to promote energy transition funding

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Large scale investments for the energy transition in urban areas require tremendous amounts of funding. As of this moment, there is no dedicated work programme in EU funding schemes that funds large-scale investments for the energy transition in urban areas. This action will work towards a dedicated funding stream for large-scale energy transition investments in urban areas, as part of one of the European funding instruments, such as Horizon Europe or LIFE. It will provide a concrete overview of State Aid exemptions that cities can use as guidance for implementing energy transition projects.

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Partnership members involved

Tilburg (Action leader)
Vidzeme
EUROCITIES
Vaasa

Housing Housing CLOSE

01

Guidance on EU regulation and public support for housing

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Other targets

EU

Action status

Finalised

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

01

Guidance on EU regulation and public support for housing

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An increasing number of European cities find it difficult to provide adequate and affordable housing. Social and affordable housing waiting lists have reached historical highs, and homelessness has increased in many cities. State support, especially in the form of public investment in social and affordable housing, has generally declined in the last decade. Through this action, the Partnersip provided guidance on how to make state support available for social and affordable housing, looking at how such challenges can be overcome.

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Partnership members involved

Vienna (Action leader)
Housing Europe
Slovakia
Lisbon
Poznan
EUROCITIES
Housing Europe
International Union of Tenants (IUT)

Other stakeholders involved

DG COMP
DG GROW
DG EMPL
European Investment Bank (EIB)
European Court of Justice (ECJ)
Member States
Local authorities

Housing Housing CLOSE

02

Capacity building for the application of state aid rules in the affordable housing sector at a city level

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Other targets

EU

Action status

Finalised

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

02

Capacity building for the application of state aid rules in the affordable housing sector at a city level

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In recent years, there has been a decline in public investment in social and affordable housing across the EU. To address this, national and local authorities must be able to adopt adequate housing policies, including state aid measures, to create favourable conditions for investment in social and affordable housing. For this to happen, there is a need for capacity building and knowledge exchange. This action aimed to provide this, and the output was the organisation of a workshop in May 2018, focussing on how current EU regulations impact public investment in affordable housing and the application of state aid rules.

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Partnership members involved

Vienna
Housing Europe
Slovakia
Lisbon
Poznan
EUROCITIES
Housing Europe
International Union of Tenants (IUT)

Other stakeholders involved

DG COMP
DG GROW
DG EMPL
European Investment Bank (EIB)
European Court of Justice (ECJ)
Member States
Local authorities

Housing Housing CLOSE

03

Revision of the SGEI decision with regard to the narrow target group of social housing

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Other targets

EU

Action status

Finalised

03

Revision of the SGEI decision with regard to the narrow target group of social housing

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The Partnership’s analytical position paper ‘Guidance Paper on EU Regulation and Public Support for Housing’ (see Action 1) highlights that Services of General Economic Interest  (SGEI) in housing should be principally guided by specific national, regional or local requirements, since local authorities have the competence to identify and address local housing needs. The Housing Partnership identified that a narrow definition of the target group in the SGEI decision was one of the main sources of legal uncertainty regarding affordable housing investmentand through this action submitted a proposal to revise it.

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Partnership members involved

Vienna (Action leader)
Housing Europe
Slovakia
Lisbon
Poznan
EUROCITIES
Housing Europe
International Union of Tenants (IUT)

Other stakeholders involved

DG COMP
DG GROW
DG EMPL
European Investment Bank (EIB)
European Court of Justice (ECJ)
Member States
Local authorities

Housing Housing CLOSE

04

Affordable housing good practice database

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Other targets

EU

Action status

Finalised

04

Affordable housing good practice database

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Cities, urban areas, regions and countries across the EU are faced with the task of ensuring their citizens have access to affordable housing. One of the biggest barriers to this is a widespread lack of awareness of available solutions. To address this challenge, the Partnership developed a database gathering best practices in social and affordable housing. The first prototype gathered a random sample of 30 projects under 9 different categories. The link to the first prototype of the database is available online.

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Partnership members involved

Housing Europe (Action leader)
International Union of Tenants (IUT)
All members

Housing Housing CLOSE

05

Policy guidance for the supply of social and affordable housing in Europe

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Other targets

EU

Action status

Finalised

Output

Data and indicators

05

Policy guidance for the supply of social and affordable housing in Europe

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Throughout the EU, housing providers are looking for innovation in affordable housing solutions. However, knowledge sharing and exchange is mostly organized on an independent basis (city-to-city) within the framework of organisations like Housing Europe, or through working groups in city exchange networks. The aim of the Partnership is to link its findings and use its expertise to create a robust practical tool for urban housing professionals in Europe. The output of is a brochure which provides policy guidance designed to support cities and housing professionals in providing social and affordable housing.

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Partnership members involved

Vienna (Action leader)
International Union of Tenants (IUT)
Slovakia
Slovenia
Poznan
Vienna
EUROCITIES
Housing Europe
International Union of Tenants (IUT)

Housing Housing CLOSE

06

Exchange programme for urban housing professionals

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Other targets

EU

Action status

Planning/inception stage

06

Exchange programme for urban housing professionals

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The lack of suitable mechanisms for knowledge exchange in housing policy can hinder the development of effective policies at city level. Despite affordable housing being a key issue across many EU cities, with a range of good practices available, the Partnership has demonstrated that there is further potential for cities to learn from each other. The Partnership developed this action to address this gap by creating an exchange programme for urban housing practitioners, which can then be scaled up to exchanges between different stakeholders, including city employees and EU institutions.

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Partnership members involved

Vienna (Action leader)
Eurocities
DG REGIO
EUROCITIES
Housing Europe
International Union of Tenants (IUT)
URBACT

Other stakeholders involved

JRC

Housing Housing CLOSE

07

Monitoring system for affordable housing in the European Union

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Other targets

National

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

New governance body/structure

07

Monitoring system for affordable housing in the European Union

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The implementation of an integrated affordable housing monitoring system could contribute to informed policy development and economic recovery, while benefiting EU citizens through better living conditions. This action aims to secure regular and structural observation of housing data at national and subnational level in the EU, specifically regarding investment in affordable housing and social development.

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Partnership members involved

Vienna (Action leader)
Slovakia
DG REGIO
Latvia
Luxemburg
Netherlands
Slovakia
Slovenia
EUROCITIES
URBACT

Other stakeholders involved

JRC
Estat
DG ECFIN
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Committee of the Regions
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

Housing Housing CLOSE

08

Exchange on affordable housing at Member State level in close cooperation with cities

Better knowledge

Main target

National

Other targets

Local

Action status

Initial implementation

08

Exchange on affordable housing at Member State level in close cooperation with cities

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In order to facilitate learning from international experiences and to improve information exchange on national policy options for affordable housingit is important to have a stable framework at member-state level. The Partnership has highlighted the value of systematic exchanges on affordable housing policyand the need to further develop and standardise these. This action will therefore revive existing formats of such exchanges (i.e. Housing Focal Points) to allow for structured and continuous exchanges at Member State level. Germany has indicated their willingness to organize these meeting during their presidency in 2020.

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Partnership members involved

Vienna
Slovakia
DG REGIO
Latvia
Luxemburg
Netherlands
Slovenia
EUROCITIES
URBACT

Other stakeholders involved

JRC
Estat
DG ECFIN
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Committee of the Regions
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

Housing Housing CLOSE

09

Recommendations on improvement of EU urban housing market data

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Other targets

National

Action status

Initial implementation

09

Recommendations on improvement of EU urban housing market data

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Spatial data mapping housing prices on the subnational level is lacking, as housing prices are available and monitored only at the member-state level. The scarcity of such data hampers the advancement housing-related knowledge, including funding and regulation at the EU level. Access to this data could help provide a closer insight into the particularities of the housing market in specific regions and cities. This action was therefore developed to establish a database on affordable housing at subnational level. This will contribute to more locally and regionally targeted evidence for future EU policy development.

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Partnership members involved

Vienna (Action leader)
Slovakia
DG REGIO
EUROCITIES
Latvia
Luxemburg
Netherlands
Slovakia
Slovenia

Other stakeholders involved

JRC
Estat
DG ECFIN
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Committee of the Regions
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

Housing Housing CLOSE

10

Recommendations on improvement of EU gender-poverty-energy nexus data

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Other targets

National

Action status

Initial implementation

10

Recommendations on improvement of EU gender-poverty-energy nexus data

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Energy poverty is a widespread problem across Europe, which has a critical impact on quality of life, and research suggests that the female population is at a higher risk of energy poverty. Lower incomes mean fewer options for investing in low carbon options such as energy efficiency and renewable energy. Therefore, there is a need to develop gender-aware energy policies in housing. This action aims to advocate for advancing knowledge on the gender-energy-poverty nexus by making gender-disaggregated data available to inform policy development.

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Partnership members involved

Vienna (Action leader)
Slovakia
all members

Other stakeholders involved

JRC
Estat
DG ECFIN
DG EMPL
DG ENER
DG JUST
European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Committee of the Regions
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

Housing Housing CLOSE

11

Recommendations on EU funding of affordable housing

Better funding

Main target

Local

Other targets

Local

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

11

Recommendations on EU funding of affordable housing

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The lack of investment in affordable housing stands at around €57 billion per year. Taking this into consideration, the Partnership deemed it important to improve cities and affordable housing providers' ability to access funding, the overall aim being to increase the supply of affordable housing in Europe. This action therefore focuses on capacity building at the local level to ensure better ability to access to EU level funding instruments, specifically from the European Investment Bank and EU Cohesion policy. It also highlights the knowledge gap in this regard and recommends research to explore the constraints on such capacity building.

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Partnership members involved

Housing Europe (Action leader)
all members

Other stakeholders involved

European Investment Bank (EIB)
Council of Europe Bank

Housing Housing CLOSE

12

Recommendations on the European Semester and affordable housing

Better funding

Main target

Local

Other targets

EU

Action status

Initial implementation

12

Recommendations on the European Semester and affordable housing

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While the EU does not have an official mandate in housing policy, the European Semester Country Specific Recommendations have addressed issues related to housing since 2011, which influence national housing policies. The European Semester is an EU-level framework for coordinating and assessing Member States’ structural reforms and fiscal/budgetary policy. In an attempt to improve the European Semester procedure to ensure it reflects housing need and supports better financing, the Partnership has developed this action to analyse the impact of EU budgetary rules on local, regional and national investment capacities regarding affordable housing.

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Partnership members involved

Housing Europe (Action leader)
all members

Other stakeholders involved

DG ECFIN
DG GROW
DG EMPL

Housing Housing CLOSE

13

Recommendations on Good Housing Policy

Better funding

Main target

Local

Other targets

EU

Action status

Half implementation

Output

Policy recommendations

13

Recommendations on Good Housing Policy

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The Housing Partnership developed recommendations on ‘good housing policy’, which address this on local, regional and national levels, as well suggesting improvements to EU policies, which impact housing. This set of recommendations focuses on eight priority areas and provides recommendations for policy development with respect to protection of vulnerable groups, anti-speculation, renovation and energy efficiency, co-management and co-design, spatial planning, rent stabilisation and control, land use and building grounds, security of tenancy. The recommendations can be found in the Action Plan.

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Partnership members involved

International Union of Tenants (IUT) (Action leader)
Vienna
all members

Other stakeholders involved

Several
City networks and associations
Housing providers EUROCITIES
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
Committee of the Regions

Inclusion of migrants and refugees Inclusion of migrants and refugees CLOSE

01

Recommendations on the protection of unaccompanied minors

Better regulation

Main target

EU

Other targets

National

Action status

Finalised

Output

Policy recommendations

01

Recommendations on the protection of unaccompanied minors

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Integration of migrant children, including unaccompanied minors, is of critical importance for future social cohesion in the EU. Growing numbers of cases have exposed shortcomings in the current system. The overall objective of this action is to protect and reinforce the rights of unaccompanied minors. This will be reached by drafting policy recommendations on what can be done at European level to better protect and integrate unaccompanied minors in European cities. The recommendations will be based on best practices from case studies across 15 cities (looking at guardianship, access to education, health services and housing, among others).

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Partnership members involved

Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) (Action leader)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Berlin
Helsinki
DG EMPL
Migration Policy Group (MPG)
DG REGIO
Italy
Greece
European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)

Other stakeholders involved

DG JUST
Missing children
Nidos

Inclusion of migrants and refugees Inclusion of migrants and refugees CLOSE

02

Towards more evidence-based integration policies in cities setting the agenda, exploring comparable indicators & developing a toolbox for good practice transfer

Better regulation

Main target

EU

Action status

Finalised

Output

Data and indicators

02

Towards more evidence-based integration policies in cities setting the agenda, exploring comparable indicators & developing a toolbox for good practice transfer

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The scope of integration-related data available to cities across Europe differs widely, and there is a new demand for such data on urban-regional level, including integration indicators that are comparable across countries. A wealth of experience in evidence-based urban integration policies exist in European cities, but there is little oversight of where best practices are to be found. In response to this, the action proposes the creation of a Europe-wide knowledge base on migrant integration on urban/regional level according to cities’ needs, and a European toolbox for evidence-based local integration policies.

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Partnership members involved

Migration Policy Group (Action leader)
Berlin
Helsinki
DG EMPL
MPG
DG REGIO
Italy
Greece
European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)

Other stakeholders involved

DG JUST
Missing children

Inclusion of migrants and refugees Inclusion of migrants and refugees CLOSE

03

Improving access for cities to EU integration funding

Better regulation

Main target

EU

Action status

Finalised

Output

Policy recommendations

03

Improving access for cities to EU integration funding

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In general, cities do not have direct or sufficient access to integration funding. This action aims to address this by analysing the regulatory and practical barriers to EU funding as related to integration-challenges in cities (specifically to AMIF, ESF, EASI and ERDF funding) and to develop solutions to overcome these. The goal of this action is to provide guaranteed city access to EU integration funding within and across Member States.

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Partnership members involved

EUROCITIES (Action leader)
Amsterdam
Barcelona
Italy
DG REGIO
DG HOME
European Investment Bank
DG EMPL

Other stakeholders involved

EUROCITIES
ESF transnational network on migration
European Integration Network
European Migration Forum
Committee of the regions
European Parliament LIBE committee
DG BUDGET

Inclusion of migrants and refugees Inclusion of migrants and refugees CLOSE

04

Establishment of an Academy on Integration strategies

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Action status

Finalised

Output

New governance body/structure

04

Establishment of an Academy on Integration strategies

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The integration of migrants and refugees poses a variety of challenges to local authorities which often lack the necessary expertise. This expertise is available in Europe, but it needs to be shared in a systematic way. Doing so will contribute to the capacity of local authorities to develop successful integration policies. To serve this purpose, this action has the aim of establishing an Urban Academy on Integration. Two editions have been carried out so far.

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Partnership members involved

European Commission (Action leader)
Amsterdam
Portugal
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
URBACT
EUROCITIES
DG REGIO

Inclusion of migrants and refugees Inclusion of migrants and refugees CLOSE

05

Establishment of an European Migrant Advisory Board

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Finalised

Output

New governance body/structure

05

Establishment of an European Migrant Advisory Board

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Refugees and migrants coming to Europe are faced with common challenges that come about with integration, such as discrimination in the labour and housing markets. One of the barriers to addressing this is that experts with migrant, minority or refugee backgrounds are severely underrepresented in decision-making institutions. This action was therefore developed to create the European Migrant Advisory Board, composed of nine experts from different fields, all with migrant or refugee backgrounds. The board is consulted by the Partnership and its members, and through them migrants and refugees are represented and involved.

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Partnership members involved

Amsterdam (Action leader)
Athens
Berlin
Barcelona
Helsinki
Italy
Portugal
ECRE
DG HOME

Other stakeholders involved

Migrants and refugees from the cities and member states within the Partnership
Members of the Partnership
Open Society Foundations
European Integration Network
Policy advisors from cities within the Partnership (Athens, Berlin, Helsinki, Barcelona, Amsterdam)
Civil Society Organizations (Migration Policy Group, ECRE, ICMC ...)

Inclusion of migrants and refugees Inclusion of migrants and refugees CLOSE

06

Establishment of Financial Blending Facilities for cities and SMEs

Better regulation

Main target

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Modification to existing EU legislation

06

Establishment of Financial Blending Facilities for cities and SMEs

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Migrants and refugees often encounter problems accessing loans for a variety of reasons such as a lack of familiarity with administrative and legal requirements to start a business in the host country. Microcredits can play an important role in giving migrant entrepreneurs access to finance. Through this action, the Partnership wants to tackle these issues through the blending of EU grants with loans, making funding more directly available for migrant and refugee inclusion. The main long-term goal of this action is the creation of blending facilities which deliver grant and loan financing, and are complementary to other funding channels.

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Partnership members involved

European Investment Bank (EIB) (Action leader)
Amsterdam
Athens
Barcelona
Italy
Greece
DG HOME
DG EMPL
DG REGIO

Inclusion of migrants and refugees Inclusion of migrants and refugees CLOSE

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Improving desegregation policies in European cities

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Action status

Half implementation

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

07

Improving desegregation policies in European cities

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Young people with a migrant background require particular attention in integration policies, as seen by evidence of school segregation in at least half of the EU Member States. Involvement of children with migrant background in education should improve their educational success and future labour market integration. It is therefore necessary to support the desegregation of educational facilities. This action will contribute to this by providing guidance on educational desegregation in the scope of the local urban development policies, addressing local and national challenges, as well as a pilot action in two cities to test desegregation policies.

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Partnership members involved

European Commission (Action leader)
Berlin
DG EMPL
MPG
DG EAC
DG REGIO
European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)

Other stakeholders involved

DG HOME DG EAC DG REGIO
Fundamental Rights Agency
Open Society Foundations
Local authorities
Member states
NGOs working at a city level
Associations of local and regional authorities
Officials working in the ministries responsible at the national level
Practitioners
Think tanks

Inclusion of migrants and refugees Inclusion of migrants and refugees CLOSE

08

Further reinforce the role of Microfinancefor instance through blending

Better regulation

Main target

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

08

Further reinforce the role of Microfinancefor instance through blending

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One way to further integration of migrants and refugees in Europe is to support their business endeavours and lower the barriers they face when starting and managing a business in their host locality. Barriers often include difficulties securing funding, linked to a lack of credit history or secure legal status. If costs related to business development services were covered, this may incentivize lenders to target vulnerable groups while keeping the overall pricing affordable. One possible measure, developed by this action, could be to support the role of microfinance for vulnerable groups, through options such as blending of different funds.

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Partnership members involved

European Investment Bank (EIB) (Action leader)
Amsterdam
Athens
Barcelona
Italy
Greece
DG HOME
DG EMPL
DG REGIO

Other stakeholders involved

European Investment Fund (EIF)

Jobs and skills Jobs and skills CLOSE

01

Talent Office

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Planning/inception stage

Output

New governance body/structure

01

Talent Office

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A mismatched skillset is one of the biggest issues that cities face in terms of jobs and skills. This action aims to set up a new governance structure to support and enhance talent developmentand connect it with stakeholders. It will be delivered through four initiatives - Firstly, a Talent Observatory will be designed to gather information on talent supply and demand. - Secondly, a Lifelong Career Guidance programme will be developed. - Thirdly, a new Skills Academy will focus on promoting skills oriented to present and future economic needs. - Finally, a digital platform will be set up to attract and retain talent.

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Partnership members involved

Porto (Action leader)
Greece
Rotterdam
URBACT
DG EMPL

Jobs and skills Jobs and skills CLOSE

02

Future Labour Market Skills

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Planning/inception stage

Output

Data and indicators

02

Future Labour Market Skills

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In 2016, the European Commission adopted the New Skills Agenda for Europe aimed at making the right training and skills available in the EU. However, there is a need to include the local level and to create mechanisms to exchange ideas, projects and good practices. Therefore, the Partnership has developed an action to create an online repository of good practices. A permanent mechanism will be established to ensure that best practice, with particular emphasis on digital competences in vocational education and further education, is widely sharedrecorded and developed. A Digital Skills Map can be found online.

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Partnership members involved

Berlin (Action leader)
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
EUROCITIES

Jobs and skills Jobs and skills CLOSE

03

The European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) as a Framework for the Reconversion towards a Sustainable Economy

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Planning/inception stage

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

03

The European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) as a Framework for the Reconversion towards a Sustainable Economy

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This action suggests that the European Pillar on Social Rights (EPSR) should be the framework for the reconversion towards a sustainable economy in urban areas. The EPSR sets out 20 key principles and rights to support fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems. It is indispensable to involve the local level to succeed in this. Therefore, this action will result in the dissemination of a practical guide on how to deliver the EPSR at the local level in the framework of the European Semester.

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Partnership members involved

Ghent (Action leader)
Greece
Kielce
Porto

Jobs and skills Jobs and skills CLOSE

04

Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS3) 2.0

Better funding

Main target

Local

Action status

Planning/inception stage

Output

Policy recommendations

04

Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS3) 2.0

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The availability of a skilled workforce is becoming increasingly important to innovation and growth. The Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS3) is a valuable instrument for this, but the monitoring process is overly focused on RIS3 goals and not so much on underlying effects. RIS3 risks delivering concrete benefits only to a few regions with high innovation potential. Without cooperation between successful regions and those with limited experiencethere is a risk for increased regional divisions. In response, this action aims to include a Human Capital Agenda and the local dimension into the RIS3.

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Partnership members involved

Rotterdam (Action leader)
Porto
Torino
European Investment Bank (EIB)
EUROCITIES

Jobs and skills Jobs and skills CLOSE

05

Long Term Investments

Better funding

Main target

Local

Action status

Planning/inception stage

Output

Policy preparation/Impact assessment

05

Long Term Investments

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With major transitions in European society and economy, targeted investments in education and skills are needed. However, investment in research and innovation across the EU falls short of the 3% GDP target, and 40% of the workforce lacks necessary digital skills. Many funding instruments existbut accessing different instruments can be tricky. This action has the goal of optimising long term investments for jobs and skills. This will be done by identifying ways to link EU investment frameworks to local and regional long-term investment strategies, and improving the use of technical assistance at national, regional and local level.

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Partnership members involved

Rotterdam (Action leader)
Greece
Romania
Ghent
Miskolc

Jobs and skills Jobs and skills CLOSE

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Horizontal Action Simplification 2.0

Better funding

Main target

Local

Other targets

Local

Action status

Planning/inception stage

Output

Modification to existing EU legislation

06

Horizontal Action Simplification 2.0

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This action responds to the need for further improvements in the implementation and accessibility to Structural and Investment Funds, since current funding opportunities are not always easily accessible. Entitled Simplification 2.0, it aims to help make future European Structural and Investment Funds more accessible for cities, particularly for smaller municipalities that lack the capacity and resources to take part in European initiatives. The output of this Action will be a position paper targeted at the Council and the European Parliament, making proposals for future regulations regarding funding.

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Partnership members involved

Rotterdam (Action leader)
Jelgava
Miskolc

Jobs and skills Jobs and skills CLOSE

07

Funding Deprived Areas

Better funding

Main target

Local

Action status

Planning/inception stage

Output

Policy recommendations

07

Funding Deprived Areas

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Strong public intervention in the regeneration of deprived areas is essential to achieve the Europe 2020 goal of no net land-take by 2050. Through the lens of jobs and skills, revitalization of deprived areas can also be a tool to promote jobs and skills in local economies. Therefore, this action will promote economic and social goals in the regeneration of deprived territoriesand frame revitalisation as an economic and social issue. It aims to create new financing facilities within the post-2020 programming period for the regeneration of deprived areas with social and economic regeneration, as a resource for job creation.

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Partnership members involved

Jelgava (Action leader)
Torino

Jobs and skills Jobs and skills CLOSE

08

ITIS Flexibility

Better funding

Main target

Local

Action status

Planning/inception stage

Output

Policy recommendations

08

ITIS Flexibility

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This action calls for a more place based approach, implying more flexibility to Integrated Territorial Investments (these allow EU Member States to bundle funding from one or more Operational Programmes to ensure the implementation of an integrated strategy for a specific territory). This would allow local authorities to grant funding according to their strategies, reaching the target indicators and the results of the respective specific funding objectives. It will result in policy recomendations to be fed into the European Institutions.

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Partnership members involved

Jelgava (Action leader)

Jobs and skills Jobs and skills CLOSE

09

Cluster of State Aid and De-Minimis

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Action status

Planning/inception stage

Output

Modification to existing EU legislation

09

Cluster of State Aid and De-Minimis

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The creation of better jobs based on better skills in the local economy will require interventions such as grants, subsidies, or the promotion of education and innovation. Any activity linked to the promotion of local economy can be subject of State Aid regulation, so it is necessary to continuously revise and improve this. This action defines two improvements to State Aid regulation, which could give cities a more flexibility in the support of start-ups, and the regeneration of deprived areas. The suggestions are to change the de-minimis for investments in innovative start-upsand to have more flexible rules for regeneration projects.

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Partnership members involved

Jelgava (Action leader)
Italy
URBACT
Miskolc

Jobs and skills Jobs and skills CLOSE

10

Job-Oriented Ecosystem

Better knowledge

Main target

National

Action status

Planning/inception stage

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

10

Job-Oriented Ecosystem

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Cities are engines of regional economies, and highly influence the circumstances in which jobs are created. In order to improve job creation in cities, strategic documents in the field of cities’ sustainable development should be updated in order to emphasize the need to ensure more favourable conditions for businesses. Through this action, the Partnership will produce a proposal comprising a set of provisions aiming to promote a job-oriented ecosystem in cities, to be included in the Lepzig Charter.

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Partnership members involved

Romania (Action leader)
Italy
URBACT
Miskolc

Public procurement Public procurement CLOSE

01

Guidance on building city strategic procurement and how to manage strategic procurement

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Other targets

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

01

Guidance on building city strategic procurement and how to manage strategic procurement

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Public Procurement can be an important strategic tool to solve different economic, environmental and social challenges, and a significant amount of public procurement in Europe is carried out by municipalities. Building a Procurement Strategy and managing procurement is needed to ensure that these practices are aligned with a city’s broader goals. This action aims to produce a guidance toolkit (including visual materials) that can help politicians and technicians in cities (especially mid-sized and small cities) to build their own Procurement strategy that supports the city’s overall strategy and helps it tackle sustainability challenges.

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Partnership members involved

Nantes (Action leader)
Vantaa
EUROCITIES
Haarlem
Rijkswaterstaat
Nantes
Vantaa
Gabrovo
Larvik
DG GROW

Other stakeholders involved

DG CNECT
Pamplona
Vila Nova de Famalico

Public procurement Public procurement CLOSE

02

Measuring spend and wider impact in European Cities

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Other targets

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Data and indicators

02

Measuring spend and wider impact in European Cities

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When designing procurement strategies, cities need to understand where procurement spending takes place, both geographically and by sector. By doing socities can assess whether or not the strategy has yielded the desired outcomes of growth, innovation and circularity. At present, it is not always clear which European data standards cities can use when collecting and processing procurement information. This action aims to develop a common methodology for cities to measure their spending, as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of it. This will help ensure more effective procurement strategies in cities.

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Partnership members involved

Preston (Action leader)
URBACT
Nantes
Haarlem
Czech Republic
Prague

Other stakeholders involved

All cities and networks of the Partnership
OECD
European Investment Bank (EIB)

Public procurement Public procurement CLOSE

03

Recommendation(s) for funding for procurement of innovation, strategic procurement, joint cross-border procurement

Better funding

Main target

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Policy recommendations

03

Recommendation(s) for funding for procurement of innovation, strategic procurement, joint cross-border procurement

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Procedures for circular/green procurement can be difficult to understand, which is one of the reasons why it is not yet widely implemented. Existing best practice is not sufficiently promoted, and there is a lack of available training and education. The Partnership has therefore developed this action to address this knowledge gap, which involved the organisation of training sessions which have already been carried out in several cities. Ultimately, the goal is that public buyers in local and regional authorities across the EU be equipped with the knowledge needed to implement circular/green procurement.

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Partnership members involved

EUROCITIES (Action leader)
DG GROW
Turin
UIA
LUISS LabGov
The Hague
Haarlem

Other stakeholders involved

Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME)
European Assistance For Innovation Procurement (EAFIP)
Contracting Authorities of selected countries
Cities and Member State(s) in the partnership
Universities
Civil society organizations
Local communities

Public procurement Public procurement CLOSE

04

Innovation procurement brokerage

Better knowledge

Main target

National

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

New governance body/structure

04

Innovation procurement brokerage

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Often, the process of public contracting does not allow suppliers enough time to provide innovative approaches and products. This action aims to improve this by promoting early interaction between public and private players, which has shown to increase providers ability to be innovative. It aims to do so by promoting innovation procurement brokerage, which can greatly speed up innovation. The main deliverable of this action is a set of guidelines for the definition, implementation and management of “Innovation Procurement Broker”.

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Partnership members involved

Italy (Action leader)
Vantaa
Gabrovo
Italy
DG GROW
LUISS LabGov
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
Nantes
KEINO
Haarlem

Other stakeholders involved

Universities
National and local governments
National, regional and local competences centres
Academia

Public procurement Public procurement CLOSE

05

Legal Toolbox on Legal issues of procurement of innovation

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Toolkit

05

Legal Toolbox on Legal issues of procurement of innovation

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One of the challenges faced by European cities in achieving innovative public procurement is a lack of practical legal knowledge. Practitioners with more knowledge are better equipped to assess the risks related to innovative procurement. This action will develop a legal handbook as a tool for practitioners to gain such knowledge. It will contain a set of guidelines regarding legal aspects for the procurement of innovation, the goal being to provide enough knowledge on procurement law to reduce uncertainty. This will in turn contribute to the reduction of the risk aversion felt by those responsible for the procurement of innovation.

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Partnership members involved

Haarlem (Action leader)
Vantaa
Lublin
Gabrovo
KEINO
DG REGIO
DG GROW
DG CONNECT
Munich

Other stakeholders involved

PIANOo
URBACT
P2I
Cities and Member State(s) in the partnership
Schotland

Public procurement Public procurement CLOSE

06

A flexible concept for setting up and further development of Local Cooperation Centres for innovative and sustainable procurement

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Toolkit

06

A flexible concept for setting up and further development of Local Cooperation Centres for innovative and sustainable procurement

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Local Competence Centres are valuable providing training and skills development, networking, technical assistance, and potentially joint purchases by local public procurement officers. By sharing knowledge and by working together, local buyers can be encouraged to engage in innovative and sustainable public procurement and can have access to very practical knowledge on how best to achieve this. This action will develop a toolkit with a flexible concept – adaptable to the local situation – for Local Competence Centres for innovative and sustainable procurement.

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Partnership members involved

Haarlem (Action leader)
EUROCITIES
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
DG REGIO
Lublin (PL)
Larvik (NO)
P2I

Other stakeholders involved

Cities and Member State(s) in the partnership
PIANOo

Public procurement Public procurement CLOSE

07

Competence building in Circular Procurement

Better knowledge

Main target

National

Action status

Finalised

Output

Toolkit

07

Competence building in Circular Procurement

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Learning is key to innovative and responsible public procurement, and specific efforts are required in new policy areas where competences remain under developed, such as circular procurement. The goal of this action is to share and help develop experience knowledge and insights on circular procurementand illustrate how it can be a valuable tool for cities. Through this action, the Partnership will make knowledge on circular procurement easily available by providing conferences, workshops and training material that cities can use to build and develop competence for relevant staff, thus promoting procurement as a strategic tool for circularity.

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Partnership members involved

The Netherlands
DG REGIO
DG ENV
JRC
ICLEI
Eurocities
INCASÒL Government of Catalonia
Cork
Zagreb
Metropolitan areas of Stuttgart
Antwerp
Lille
Cyprus
URBACT

Other stakeholders involved

European Land and Soil Alliance (ELSA)

Security in Public spaces Security in Public spaces CLOSE

01

Work in progress

01

Work in progress

The starting point of the recently established Security in Public Spaces Partnership is that security is a basic right. The aim is to make European cities saferand improve citizens perceptions of security. The Partnership will identify tensions between security and safety measures in public spacesand the protection of freedom and privacy. For this to succeed different sectors and levels must work together – from police to social workers to urban planners. The Partnership identified three thematic priorities urban planning and design to create safer cities, technology for smart and safe cities, and managing security and sharing public space.

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Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions CLOSE

01

Including land take and soil properties in impact assessment procedures.

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Other targets

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

01

Including land take and soil properties in impact assessment procedures.

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Despite high levels of commitment from local and regional authorities to sustainable land use planning, decisions frequently produce negative long-term impacts. A mechanism for considering the impact of different urban planning alternatives on land take is required in order to adopt approaches which minimize negative impacts. This action therefore aims to promote the degree to which land take is considered in development decision making procedures, in the hope that land take can be reduced through prioritising development in locations which result in a lower impact.

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Partnership members involved

Bologna (Action leader)
Lille
Cork
European Commission
European Investment Bank (EIB)

Other stakeholders involved

Zagreb
Stavanger
Slovenia
Poland
Cyprus
Netherlands

Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions CLOSE

02

Funding and Financing guide for brownfield redevelopment

Better funding

Main target

National

Other targets

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

02

Funding and Financing guide for brownfield redevelopment

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Brownfield redevelopment in cities presents a valuable opportunity to prevent land take and urban sprawland can be a competitive alternative to greenfield development. The main problem that this action addresses is the lack of comprehensive and up-to-date information for cities regarding how best to use EU-level funding and financing, and how to leverage private investment for brownfield redevelopment. It will entail the compilation of funding and finance options to stimulate brownfield development where funding or finance is a barrier, which will reduce the cost barrier to brownfield development.

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Partnership members involved

Luxembourg (Action leader)
Lille
Antwerp
Bologna
Cork
Zagreb
URBACT

Other stakeholders involved

Government of Catalonia

Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions CLOSE

03

Identifying and managing under-used land

Better knowledge

Main target

Regional

Action status

Advanced implementation

03

Identifying and managing under-used land

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The development or use of under-used sites presents opportunities for new development (residential, industrial, office, public/shared space, green and blue infrastructure) or for temporary or long-term re-use. The aim of this action is to stimulate the development of under-used spaces through the mobilisation of stakeholders, NGO’s and the private sector. The amount and transparency of information available in the public domain regarding under-used sites in urban areas requires improvement. The final outcome of the action will include a Guideline Document for regions and cities on identifying and managing under-used land.

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Partnership members involved

Bologna (Action leader)
Institut Catala Del Sol (Action Leader)
UNIBOL
DG JRC
ICLEI
Eurocities
EUKN

Other stakeholders involved

ICLEI
Eurocities
EUKN

Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions CLOSE

04

Indicators of Land Take

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

04

Indicators of Land Take

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Land use by urban infrastructure has one of the highest impacts on the environment due to sealing of soil and disturbances that lead to the degradation of the natural landscape. One of the barriers to reducing this is the lack of clear measurements. This action aims to define a set of common indicators of net land take that can be used in order to assess the environmental impact of different forms of land use. Under this action, a public workshop/conference brought together relevant stakeholders. The outcomes will feed into and help to define the final indicator outputs of the action.

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Partnership members involved

Bologna (Action leader)
Luxembourg
Stuttgart
Eurocities
URBACT
EUKN
Lithuania
Cyprus
INCASÒL
Government of Catalonia
Flanders
Cork
Zagreb

Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions CLOSE

05

Promoting FUA Cooperation as a tool to mitigate urban sprawl

Better knowledge

Main target

National

Other targets

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

05

Promoting FUA Cooperation as a tool to mitigate urban sprawl

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Careful spatial planning and effective regulatory tools are essential to mitigate the problem of urban sprawl, which is further complicated when this spans administrative boundaries. To tackle the negative impacts of urban sprawl more effectively, a holistic approach to spatial planning is needed. The aim of this action is to make Functional Urban Area (FUA) collaboration, especially coordinated spatial planning, a widely recognised and attractive tool for better land management. The Partnership will produce a publication with suggestions and guidelines on how to effectively use this as a way to reduce the negative effects of urban sprawl.

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Partnership members involved

Poland (Action leader)
Luxembourg
ICLEI
EUKN
Stavanger
DG RTD
DG ENV
the Netherlands
Poland

Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions CLOSE

06

Better Regulation to boost NBS at European, National and Local Levels

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Action status

Finalised

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

06

Better Regulation to boost NBS at European, National and Local Levels

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Although the concept of Nature Based Solutions (NBS) has been included in the funding priorities of the European Commission, and is beginning to be included in regional and city-level strategies, this new concept remains somewhat vague. Based on the review of EU instruments and legislation available, the partnership believes that there is a need to integrate NBS in existing directives. The objective of this action is - to develop recommendations for the EU Commission on the integration of NBS within existing Directives and other EU-level documentsand - to gather a better overview of local regulations for NBS and to improve them.

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Partnership members involved

Bologna (Action leader)
Poland
Antwerp
Cork
Lille
Stavanger
Stuttgart
Cyprus
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Portugal
Slovenia
DG REGIO
DG ENV
Eurocities
Urbact

Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions CLOSE

07

Better Financing for NBS

Better funding

Main target

National

Other targets

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

07

Better Financing for NBS

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Nature Based Solutions (NBS) are not yet systematically embedded and implemented in EU cities and urban areasin part due to lack of adequate financing. However, this funding is widely available via EU sources (ESIF, Horizon 2020, EIB, LIFE, EEA & Norway Grants Fundand others). A key barrier to proper use of this funding is lack of knowledge of existing financing opportunitiesor how to access them. Increasing the awareness on existing NBS funding sources is proposed through this action, which involves the development of a funding guide for the implementation of NBS. It will include information on funding options from public and private sources.

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Partnership members involved

Zagreb (Action leader)
Bologna
Stavanger
Antwerp
Zagreb
Slovenia
Catalonia

Other stakeholders involved

Foundation for Urban Innovation

Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions CLOSE

08

Awareness Raising in the areas of NBS and the sustainable use of land

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Other targets

Local

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Data and indicators

08

Awareness Raising in the areas of NBS and the sustainable use of land

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The use of Nature Based Solutions (NBS) is a relatively new concept, so it knowledge on it is relatively limited. Raising awareness is a challenge for all EU Member Statesas often the timescale and efforts necessary for sustainable innovation are underestimated by citizens and local authorities. In order to gain support for the use of nature based approaches, there is the need to communicate land use challenges in urban and peri-urban areas. This action aims to raise awareness around the benefits of NBS but also awareness around the benefits of reducing urban sprawl, through compact yet liveable city development and reduced land take.

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Partnership members involved

Bologna (Action leader)
Foundation for Urban Innovation (FIU)
DG RTD
Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Partner cities
DG ENV

Other stakeholders involved

ICLEI

Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions Sustainable use of land and nature based solutions CLOSE

09

Agreeing on Common Targets and indicators, for NBS, Urban Green Infrastructure, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Cities

Better knowledge

Main target

Local

Other targets

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Data and indicators

09

Agreeing on Common Targets and indicators, for NBS, Urban Green Infrastructure, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Cities

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Common and adaptable targets and performance indicators for Nature Based Solutions are severely lacking in Europe, and a system that allows common benchmarking and inspiration between cities, easily understandable by citizens, politicians, administration, business and developers is desirable. This action will, through collaboration with already working initiatives/projects on targets and indicators for Nature Based Solutions, contribute to establishing a relevant, easily adaptable and implementable set of targets and indicators for cities.

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Partnership members involved

Stavanger (Action leader)
Karlsruhe
Nijmegen
Czech Republic
DG REGIO

Urban mobility Urban mobility CLOSE

01

Reinforcing multi-level cooperation and governance

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Other targets

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

01

Reinforcing multi-level cooperation and governance

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Developing and implementing comprehensive and integrated urban mobility policies for towns and cities, which cover the functional urban area and hinterland connections, requires close cooperation between different levels of government and across administrative boundaries. This action will help support cooperation between the various actors by providing better knowledge to urban planners, policy-makers and stakeholders. The partnership is working to collect and share examples of cooperation on issues related to urban mobility.

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Partnership members involved

EUROCITIES (Action leader)
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
Karlsruhe
Nijmegen
European Commission

Urban mobility Urban mobility CLOSE

02

Reinforcing the uptake of sustainable urban mobility planning

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

02

Reinforcing the uptake of sustainable urban mobility planning

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In many urban areas, transport planning is still primarily focused on infrastructure rather than fostering new approaches to urban mobility. It is important to link political vision, strategic planning, and the needs and expectations of citizens and businesses. This action aims to present the state-of-play of sustainable urban mobility planning across the EU, as well as guidelines that will make it easier for cities to implement recent developments. It also entails an overview and analysis of national frameworks, a city database for urban mobility and transport plans, and a set of good-practice examples.

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Partnership members involved

European Commission (Action leader)
Slovenia
EUROCITIES
POLIS

Urban mobility Urban mobility CLOSE

03

Evaluating best practices in convenient access to public transport

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Other targets

Local

Action status

Finalised

Output

Data and indicators

03

Evaluating best practices in convenient access to public transport

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Multi-modal public transport systems – such as buses, trains, trams and metro networks – can offer clean, efficient and accessible transport to citizens. To meet this potential, public transport must be user-friendly and convenientand incorporate a mix of ‘ingredients’, from convenient payment systems to attractive and clean spaces for passengers. Every city faces a different set of challenges in designing this. To help overcome such challenges, this action involves the development of indicators and best practice case studies on the walkability of cities and access to public transport.

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Partnership members involved

International Association of Public Transport (UITP) (Action leader)
Karlsruhe
Walk21

Urban mobility Urban mobility CLOSE

04

Scaling up innovative clean buses

Better regulation

Main target

EU

Other targets

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Strategy/Plan/Roadmap

04

Scaling up innovative clean buses

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It is widely recognised that serious effort is needed in the EU to break the current dependence of the transport sector on oil. Clean buses in urban areas can offer considerable advantages. However, the potential of these innovative technologies is far from being fully utilised in the EU, owing partly to concerns over high costs. The action aims to create relevant enabling conditions to promote innovative clean buses. This will be done by supporting relevant funding sourcescreating awareness of relevant tools, and disseminating this knowledge to local authorities.

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Partnership members involved

European Commission (Action leader)
International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
City Networks
European Investment Bank (EIB)

Urban mobility Urban mobility CLOSE

05

Developing guidelines on infrastructure for active mobility supported by relevant funding

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Other targets

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

05

Developing guidelines on infrastructure for active mobility supported by relevant funding

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In order to reach the full potential of active modes of transport, cycling and walking have to be taken seriously in urban mobility policies. The success of such practices varies greatly in Europeand there are no European level standards on how to design infrastructure for the active modes of transport, knowledge which is also missing in several Member States and cities. This action will elaborate guidelines regarding the different types and parameters of active mobility infrastructure components, which will contribute to more walking and cycling in European cities, and improve the effectiveness of public funds targeted at this.

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Partnership members involved

European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) (Action leader)
European Commission

Urban mobility Urban mobility CLOSE

06

Promoting sustainable and active mobility behaviour

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Action status

Finalised

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

06

Promoting sustainable and active mobility behaviour

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Walking and cycling are the most sustainable forms of transport, and essential to the full functionality of a multimodal transport system. Despite this, they remain undervalued, and there is insufficient resource allocation and policy support in many cities for improving walking and cycling. Knowledge sharing on promoting sustainable and active mobility behaviour can be a good way to enable to cities to implement active mobility behavior. With this in mind, the partnership developed this action, which will develop a study report highlighting best practice examples on mobility plans for schools and companies, as well as a report on behavioural change.

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Partnership members involved

Walk 21 (Action leader)
Malmo
ECF
POLIS
European Commission
Slovenia
Nijmegen
EUROCITIES

Urban mobility Urban mobility CLOSE

07

Reducing diversity of Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVAR)

Better regulation

Main target

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

07

Reducing diversity of Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVAR)

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Cities across the EU are implementing Urban Vehicle Access Regulations due to growing evidence of the effects of air pollution on health, rising congestion, and the failure to meet EU emission standards. The European Commission currently receives many inquiries concerning the lack of harmonisation of urban access regulation schemes in the EU. This action will increase transparency of the schemes for citizens and businesses by addressing existing fragmentation and providing the right framework conditions for local actionby providing recommendations and best practices.

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Partnership members involved

European Commission (Action leader)
EUROCITIES
POLIS
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

Urban mobility Urban mobility CLOSE

08

Exploring the deployment of New Mobility Services

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Action status

Advanced implementation

Output

Policy recommendations

08

Exploring the deployment of New Mobility Services

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Urbanisation and an overdependence on the personal vehicle pose challenges such as congestion, lack of space, poor air quality and noise. This action aims to investigate how New Mobility Services (NMS) can deliver solutions to these. NMS refer to new types of transport services largely based on car and bike sharing. The action involves the compilation of case studies looking at the regulatory and financial frameworks needed for an effective integration of NMS. It will support cities and regional authorities in developing new approaches to well-functioning NMS, and in the integration of new transport operators.

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Partnership members involved

POLIS (Action leader)
Nijmegen
Bielefeld
Ulm
Finland
Wallonia
European Commission

Urban mobility Urban mobility CLOSE

09

Setting up a European framework for fostering urban mobility innovation

Better funding

Main target

Local

Action status

Finalised

Output

Guidance documents and handbooks

09

Setting up a European framework for fostering urban mobility innovation

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While the European Commission provides funding for innovative mobility solutions and knowledge sharingthere is room for improvement, such as optimising existing funding schemesa nd making it easier for cities and regions to access funding for smaller innovative projects. This action aims to help cities and regions to develop, test and successfully deploy innovative mobility solutions on the ground by drafting a position paper on how to optimise funding schemes. This will be disseminated via the Horizon 2020 national contact points.

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Partnership members involved

Nijmegen (Action leader)
Bielefeld
Torres Vedras
POLIS
EUROCITIES
European Commission

Urban poverty Urban poverty CLOSE

01

Transversal Actions – Cohesion Policy Post 2020 Block Grant for Urban Authorities To Fight Poverty

Better funding

Main target

EU

Action status

Planning/inception stage

01

Transversal Actions – Cohesion Policy Post 2020 Block Grant for Urban Authorities To Fight Poverty

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Urban regeneration projects are complex because of the need to adopt an integrated and multi-level approach. These possibilities are very limited under the current EU fund regulations, which can therefore be improved. This action proposes the establishment of a Block Grant as a funding instrument that can channel funding towards such projects. The Block Grant fulfils the need for clear, ambitious and targeted funding to fight urban poverty in the EU, and therefore address the limitations of current EU funding frameworks.

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Partnership members involved

URBACT (Action leader)
CGET
Spain
Eurocites
all Member States via survey

Other stakeholders involved

ESPON

Urban poverty Urban poverty CLOSE

02

Transversal Actions – Setting up an European network of national observatories with experience in urban poverty

Better knowledge

Main target

National

Other targets

National

Action status

Half implementation

Output

Data and indicators

02

Transversal Actions – Setting up an European network of national observatories with experience in urban poverty

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There is a lack of open access to statistical data on urban poverty in the EU. Most local authorities need to have access to such data with sufficient spatial disaggregation to identify deprivation more precisely. This action will attempt to address this by setting-up a European network of observatories, which will monitor people-based and place-based aspects of urban poverty. This information can then be made available on a single website (a on-stop shop) that can be used by urban authorities and actors, and which is easily accessible and comparable.

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Partnership members involved

France (Action leader)
Spain 
PPS Social Integration

Other stakeholders involved

European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC)

Urban poverty Urban poverty CLOSE

03

Transversal Actions – Developing data on urban poverty at EU level

Better knowledge

Main target

National

Action status

Planning/inception stage

03

Transversal Actions – Developing data on urban poverty at EU level

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In EU and national statistics, there is a lack of reliable and comparable data about poverty that is disaggregated at sub-municipal level. It is only possible to address deprivation if local authorities can identify affected areas. This action proposes that statistical data used by local authorities should focus on child poverty, Roma people, and homelessness. This will allow them to identify deprivation more precisely, understand its causes, and design regeneration plans that can reverse urban poverty trends.

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Partnership members involved

Belgium (Action leader)

Urban poverty Urban poverty CLOSE

04

Child Poverty – Adoption of a European Child Guarantee

Better regulation

Main target

National

Other targets

National

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

Policy preparation/Impact assessment

04

Child Poverty – Adoption of a European Child Guarantee

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The Partnership addresses the lack of political and financial investments in children and young people at EU level through their support of the ‘Child Guarantee’ tool. This tool promotes investments in children and young people in Europe, particularly the most disadvantaged. It aims to break the cycle of disadvantage by investing in the access to affordable quality services, and children's right to participate. By doing so, the partnership contributes to closing the inequality gap, affording equal opportunities to children, and ultimately fighting poverty for the benefit of all of European society.

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Partnership members involved

Belgium (Action leader)
PPS Social Integration

Urban poverty Urban poverty CLOSE

05

Child Poverty – Progress towards a directive on investing in children based on the Recommendation Investing in Children Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage

Better regulation

Main target

National

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

Modification to existing EU legislation

05

Child Poverty – Progress towards a directive on investing in children based on the Recommendation Investing in Children Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage

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This action is complementary to the Child Guarantee (Action 4), aiming to go one step further to promote the effective implementation of children’s rights in all EU Member States. The Partnership proposes a two-phase approach - In a first phase, the European Semester should include strict monitoring of reforms based on a new indicator related to investment in children. - Secondly, the Recommendation should be taken a step further to form the basis of a Directive under the European Pillar of Social Rights. This regulation, as a comprehensive body of legislation, will enact Member States’ engagements in relation to children’s rights.

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Partnership members involved

Belgium (Action leader)

Urban poverty Urban poverty CLOSE

06

Regeneration of Deprived Urban Areas and Neighbourhoods – Cohesion Policy Post 2020 Setting up a new Urban Territorial Objective

Better regulation

Main target

National

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

Policy recommendations

06

Regeneration of Deprived Urban Areas and Neighbourhoods – Cohesion Policy Post 2020 Setting up a new Urban Territorial Objective

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Pre-2020 EU Cohesion Policy funding was not fully adapted to the complex challenge of fighting urban poverty. This action proposed the setup of a new Urban Territorial Objective in the Cohesion Policy 2020, specifically designed and oriented to face the problems of deprived neighbourhoods and vulnerable social groups. This can be achieved through the definition of a simple regulatory framework which can overcome the sectoral approachand substitute it for an area-based understanding of urban deprivation, with a strong focus on fighting urban poverty.

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Partnership members involved

France (Action leader)

Urban poverty Urban poverty CLOSE

07

Regeneration of Deprived Urban Areas and Neighbourhoods – Cohesion Policy Post 2020 Local Pact for the Regeneration of Urban Deprived Areas

Better funding

Main target

EU

Other targets

National

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

Policy recommendations

07

Regeneration of Deprived Urban Areas and Neighbourhoods – Cohesion Policy Post 2020 Local Pact for the Regeneration of Urban Deprived Areas

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The regeneration of deprived urban areas is a priority for the Partnership. On the EU level, the partnership recommends tackling this issue through Local Pacts. Local Pacts aim to give urban authorities a leading role in the design of their urban regeneration strategies in post-2020 Cohesion Policy. The partnership has produced policy recommendations to tackle poverty in urban deprived areas and neighbourhoods. Three Policy Labs were organised in July 2018 to exchange experiences between four countries (France, Germany, Poland and Spain) about methods to tackle local deprivation.

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Partnership members involved

URBACT (Action leader)
France
Lille
Lodz

Other stakeholders involved

Cities in Spain
Germany
Poland
Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)

Urban poverty Urban poverty CLOSE

08

Homelessness – Ending homelessness by 2030 through the reform of social inclusion strategies at the national level

Better regulation

Main target

EU

Action status

Half implementation

Output

Strategy/Plan/Roadmap

08

Homelessness – Ending homelessness by 2030 through the reform of social inclusion strategies at the national level

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The UN Sustainable Developments Goals laid out the commitment to eradicate poverty, including extreme poverty and homelessness by 2030. At EU level, a target is needed to motivate all relevant stakeholders to end homelessness. At national level, Member States that request the use of European Structural Funds must be asked to develop National Social Inclusion Strategies complemented with housing solutions that specifically aim to support the inclusion of homeless persons. This action has the objective of giving place to a formal framework to advance on these needs, thus achieving the commitment to end homelessness in the EU by 2030.

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Partnership members involved

European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) (Action leader)
URBACT

Urban poverty Urban poverty CLOSE

09

Homelessness – Capacity building for the use of the EU funds to end homelessness

Better knowledge

Main target

EU

Action status

Half implementation

Output

New governance body/structure

09

Homelessness – Capacity building for the use of the EU funds to end homelessness

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Cohesion Policy funding to fight homelessness has not been used to the best of its capacity. To address this, capacity building on the use of funds in the context of homelessness, can act as a simple but important step in assisting actors at Member State and local levels to use these more effectively. This action involves setting up training outlets on addressing homelessness with Cohesion Policy funds. Multi-fund programming, blended financial instruments, unit costs and transnationality are key topics, and the sessions will be organised by the European Commission and supported by relevant experts.

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Partnership members involved

European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) (Action leader)

Urban poverty Urban poverty CLOSE

10

Vulnerability of Roma People – Adoption of an integrated Roma framework from a multi-level governance approach

Better regulation

Main target

EU

Action status

Half implementation

Output

New governance body/structure

10

Vulnerability of Roma People – Adoption of an integrated Roma framework from a multi-level governance approach

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EU Member States have committed to develop national Roma integration strategies. The main problem is the lack of integrated and coordinated approaches to this. This action proposes mainstreaming Roma inclusion perspective in all relevant policies and services, as this would be more effective than adopting sectoral Roma integration policies. It recommends that EU, national and local authorities work together to make Roma integration a transversal issue across policy sectors departments. This partnership could serve as an advisory group to the Council of the EU on developing a renewed EU Roma Framework after 2020, and monitor its implementation.

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Partnership members involved

Eurocities (Action leader)
Urbact

Urban poverty Urban poverty CLOSE

11

Vulnerability of Roma People – Strengthening the desegregation principle in EU urban areas

Better regulation

Main target

Local

Action status

Half implementation

Output

Policy recommendations

11

Vulnerability of Roma People – Strengthening the desegregation principle in EU urban areas

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In European cities, marginalised communities live in segregated areas with poor housing conditions. For the new implementation period of Cohesion Policy funds (post-2020), desegregation should be mainstreamed into legislation, and the Roma community should be involved in all stages of the policy process. This action will develop a roadmap and methodology on how to assess critical levels of segregation, and a toolkit for better regulation for halting and reducing segregation. The toolkit will provide knowledge on best practices developed at local or national level, and recommendations for the use of EU funds.

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Partnership members involved

Lille (Action leader)

Urban poverty Urban poverty CLOSE

12

Vulnerability of Roma People – Ease cities’ access to EU funding in parallel to introducing local ex-ante conditionalities regarding – among others – Roma inclusion

Better regulation

Action status

Initial implementation

Output

Policy recommendations

12

Vulnerability of Roma People – Ease cities’ access to EU funding in parallel to introducing local ex-ante conditionalities regarding – among others – Roma inclusion

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Local authorities have a strong position in identifying solutions to local problems, but are not always given the authority to determine how Cohesion Policy funds should be spent. In addition, they find it difficult to implement regulations in relation to EU instruments due to the complexity of accessing funding. In order to demonstrate that cities are able to plan and implement Roma inclusion programmes and thus use EU funds effectively, this action proposes that local conditionalities should be introduced in the Cohesion Policy fund legislation after 2020. This would improve the link between policies and funding for Roma inclusion at local level.

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