This initial statement was drafted in January 2014 to feed in the discussion starting at EU level on the possibility to build an urban agenda. It will be further developed throughout the year.
The recognition of the role of cities in the EU has grown a great deal over the past 25 years. This is confirmed by the number of European initiatives, funding programmes, campaigns and policies that address urban challenges. An EU urban agenda must strike a balance between providing a framework for cities to deliver European policies, while also respecting subsidiarity requirements. An urban agenda at EU level needs a practical approach, which strengthens the direct dialogue between the EU and its cities in new ways. It must support the integrated approach in cities through increased coordination of initiatives impacting on cities and urban areas.