The Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment was adopted by the Commission on 11 January 2006.
The Strategy is accompanied by an Impact Assessment covering its social, economic and environmental consequences.
The Strategy is based on the results of extensive consultations with a wide range of stakeholders. Consultations began in 2002 with expert working groups on different issues, a large meeting with stakeholders and research reports. See here for details.
An interim Communication “Towards a Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment” was adopted in February 2004 to seek the views of stakeholders on the ideas under consideration. Comments and opinions received on the interim Communication are available here.
To develop further some of the key ideas contained in the interim Communication, expert working groups were established in 2004 to consider technical issues for environmental management plans, sustainable urban transport plans and for future priorities for research and training. An additional public consultation exercise was held in autumn 2005. A summary of the responses is available here (pdf ~192Kb)). Graphs showing all responses are available here (pdf ~2Mb) and graphs showing responses from the private individuals (pdf ~2Mb) and experts (pdf ~2Mb) also available.
Throughout the development of the Thematic Strategy, the EU Expert Group on the Urban Environment has also been consulted.