Online event on the urban dimension of cohesion policy 2021-2027
The last online seminar organised by the URBAN Intergroup on Friday 26 February was dedicated to the Urban dimension of cohesion policy 2021-2027. In her welcoming speech, Fabienne Keller, Vice-President of the URBAN Intergroup, underlined that the European Parliament played a central role in fighting for the urban dimension of cohesion policy.
Jan Olbrycht, President of the URBAN Intergroup, recalled that MEPs were struggling for years to get the urban dimension of different EU policies recognised, as urban issues are cross-sectorial. He stressed that “urban” is only one of the numerous dimensions of European policies.
The core of the seminar was shaped around the presentation given by a representative of the European Commission on the Urban dimension in the legal framework of cohesion policy for 2021-2027. In the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR), this dimension is mentioned explicitly at the level of 3 specific objectives (protection of nature, biodiversity, and green infrastructure, including in urban areas; urban mobility as well as security in urban areas).
The 5th policy objective, “A Europe closer to citizens”, has been specifically mentioned as it refers to sustainable and integrated development of all types of territories and local initiatives.
URBAN Intergroup welcomes the New Leipzig Charter
Members and partners of the URBAN Intergroup learned more about the New Leipzig Charter and the Implementation Document during last online seminar organised on Friday 15 January.
Fabienne Keller, Vice-President of the URBAN Intergroup, welcomed all the participants and recalled that the 2007 Leipzig Charter focused on the promotion of integrated and sustainable urban development. The recently published document emphasises “the transformative power of cities.”
Fabienne Keller underlined that many cities in Europe have already been experimenting ambitious environmental policies and that those initiatives must be financially encouraged by European programmes. “It is essential to encourage the sharing of experience and dialogue of the European cities” – she added.
Tilman Buchholz from the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, representing the German EU Council Presidency, started his presentation by recalling that the New Leipzig Charter and the Implementation Document have been adopted during the Informal Ministerial meeting on Urban Development on 30 November 2020. There, Member States showed very high commitment, not only in improving those two official documents, but also in translating them into reality.
The document identifies three spatial levels of European cities with equal focus and strong interlinkages between them: neighbourhood (particular attention: neighbourhoods with complex challenges), local authorities in their specific national context (as steering and coordinating entity, link between neighbourhood and functional area) and functional areas (network of functional interdependencies, reflecting the daily life of people).