First call of the Urban Innovative Actions
On 15th December the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, via the Urban Innovative Actions secretariat, launched the first call of the Urban Innovative Actions initiative which is worth EUR 80 million in total. The call will be focused on four topics linked to the EU Urban Agenda:
- Energy transition
- Urban Poverty (with a focus on deprived urban neighbourhoods)
- The inclusion of migrants and refugees
- Jobs and skills in the local economy
The Call is open from 15th of December 2015 until 31st of March 2016.
The Urban Innovative Actions, set out in Article 8 of the ERDF Regulation, is a new instrument of the European Commission with the aim to test new solutions to the challenges faced by urban authorities. French region Nord-Pas de Calais is responsible for implementing this initiative. The total budget for Urban Innovative Actions is EUR 371 million over the period 2015-2020. All projects will be selected through calls for proposals with an ERDF contribution which shall not exceed EUR 5 million per project, a unique co-financing rate of maximum 80% and duration of 3 years maximum.
Four information events will be held across the EU: Brussels, Riga, Rome and Krakow in January and February 2016 to ensure that cities and relevant stakeholders are fully aware of the call. The first of these events will be held in Brussels on the 13th January 2016. You can register now!
Urban priorities of the upcoming Dutch presidency – meeting in Strasbourg on November 26th
URBAN Intergroup’s members and partners met on Thursday November 26th at the European Parliament in Strasbourg with Nicolaas Beets, Dutch Urban Envoy. Mr Beets presented priorities of the upcoming Dutch presidency in the field of urban development. He explained that the goals for the Dutch EU presidency will be to launch the EU Urban Agenda by endorsing the Pact of Amsterdam, launching first partnerships and adopting Council conclusions on the EU Urban Agenda. During the presentation, a list of 12 themes of the EU Urban Agenda has been presented as well as the working method -partnerships. Mr Beets confirmed that 4 themes – and not 3 as previously confirmed by the European Commission – will be implemented as “pilot” partnerships. Those are: housing, inclusion of migrants and refugees, urban poverty and air quality (as the new one). MEPs raised questions concerning practical issues how to join the partnerships and on the possible role of the European Parliament in the whole process of the EU Urban Agenda.