URBACT: more than €74 million to improve urban policies in Europe


The URBACT III programme will support exchange and learning to help cities fully realise their role in addressing major European challenges.

With more than two thirds of European citizens living in cities, the role of urban areas in addressing issues such as unemployment, poverty and resource efficiency is critical to Europe’s recovery.

The launch event of the URBACT III programme on 16 March in Brussels was an opportunity to explore how URBACT can empower cities in fulfilling this role.

At the end of this month, the URBACT programme will open the first calls for action planning networks, with a deadline of 16 June. Further calls will open at the beginning of 2016.

Since 2003, the URBACT exchange and learning programme has played a major role in facilitating networking, knowledge and good practice transfer between urban partners, and has supported over 500 cities since its creation.

For the 2014-2020 period, at least 70% of resources to support exchange and learning through URBACT will be concentrated on the areas of research and innovation, the low carbon economy, environmental protection, job creation, and social inclusion. Overall, over this period, at least 50% of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) resources will be invested in urban areas.

Find out more about URBACT on the website: www.urbact.eu  

EUROCITIES staff contact

Anja Katalin De Cunto