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Urban II : Cities & programmes

Urban II programmes are based on the Guidelines drawn up by the Commission. They propose innovative development models for the economic and social regeneration of the areas concerned by financing projects to:

  • improve living conditions, for example by renovating buildings and creating green areas;
  • create jobs, for example in environment, culture, and services to the population;
  • integrate the less-favoured social classes into the education and training systems;
  • develop environmentally friendly public transport systems;
  • create effective energy management systems and make greater use of renewable energy;
  • use information technologies.

The measures set out in each programme are selected and implemented through a broad partnership involving all the parties concerned.

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) may finance up to 75% of the total cost of a programme if the urban area is a region whose development is lagging behind (Objective 1), and up to 50% elsewhere. In cash terms, the European contribution ranges between EUR 3.5 and EUR 15 million.

One of the most exciting features of URBAN II is the provision for exchange of good practices across Europe. This is the subject of a specific programme: the "European Network for Exchange of Experience", or "URBACT".

During the 1994-99 programming period, URBAN I financed programmes in a total of 118 urban areas. The total Community assistance was almost EUR 900 million at 1999 prices, and this allowed EUR 1.8 billion total eligible investment costs to help 3.2 million people throughout Europe. The schemes implemented considerably improved the quality of life in the targeted areas. The promising achievements show the importance of the approach proposed by URBAN in tackling the high concentration of social, environmental and economic problems increasingly present in urban conglomerations. This includes several operations combining the rehabilitation of obsolete infrastructure with economic and labour market actions, complemented by measures to combat social exclusion and upgrade the quality of the environment. Examples of Urban I projects are available in the central database containing success stories financed by the ERDF; in "choose a topic", tick "Urban regeneration and industrial conversion".

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Cities Summaries of the programmes Local website, URBAN and Network websites
Belgium    
Brussels-Capital Region summary (FR)       summary  (NL)    local website
Antwerp summary local website
Sambreville summary Urban website
Denmark    
Arhus Gellerup summary Urban website
Germany   Network website
Berlin summary Urban website
    Urban website
Bremerhaven summary Urban website Bremen
    Urban website Bremerhaven
    Urban District management
Dessau summary local website
    Urban website
Dortmund summary Urban website
Gera summary local website
    Urban website
Kassel summary local website
    Urban website
Kiel summary local website
    Urban website
Leipzig summary Urban website
Luckenwalde summary Urban website
    Urban website
Mannheim/Ludwigshafen summary Urban website
    local website
Neubrandenburg summary local website
    Urban website
Saarbrücken summary Urban website
    Urban website
    Urban website
Greece   Ministry of Environment
Urban Network
Perama summary Urban website
Komotini summary local website
Heraklion summary Urban website  
Spain    
S.Cristobal de la Laguna summary local website
    Urban website
Pamplona summary Urban website
Orense summary Urban website
Gijon summary local website
Teruel summary local website
    Urban website
S. Adrià de Besos summary Urban Website
Jaen summary Urban website
S. Sebastian-Pasaia summary Urban website
Caceres summary local website
    Urban website
Granada summary Urban website
France   Network website
Urban National website
Clichy-Montfermeil summary local website
    local website
Le Mantois summary local website
Grigny/Viry summary local website
    Urban website
Val-de-Seine summary local website
Bastia summary local website
    Urban website
Le Havre summary local website
    Urban website
Strasbourg summary local website
    Urban website
Grenoble summary Urban website
    local website
Bordeaux summary local website
    Urban website
Ireland    
Ballyfermot summary local website
Italy   Network website
Urban national website
    Urban website
Carrara summary local website
    Urban website
Caserta summary local website
    Urban website
Crotone summary local website
    Urban website
Genova summary local website
    Urban website
Milan summary local website
    Urban website
Misterbianco summary local website
    Urban website
Mola di Bari summary Urban website
Pescara summary local website
    Urban website
Taranto summary Urban website
Turin summary local website
    Urban website
The Netherlands   Network website
    Dutch Urban Expert Centre
Amsterdam summary local website
Rotterdam summary local website
    Urban website
Heerlen summary Urban website
Austria   Network website
    National webpage
Vienna summary Urban website
    Urban website
Graz summary Urban website
Portugal    
Amadora summary  
Lisbon summary  
Porto Gondomar summary local website/URBAN
Finland   National Website
Helsinki/Vantaa summary Urban website
    Urban website
Sweden   National Website
Göteborg summary local website
    Urban website
United Kingdom   Network website
West Wrexham summary Urban website
    Urban website
Belfast summary Urban website
    Urban website
Bristol summary Urban website
Burnley summary Urban website
    Urban website
Halifax summary Urban website
Hetton & Murton summary Urban website
    Urban website
Normanton in Derby summary Urban website
    local website
Peterborough summary Urban website     Urban website
Stockwell summary Urban website
Thames Gateway summary  
    Urban website
Clyde Waterfront summary Urban website

 


 

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