Fostering the urban dimension: Analysis of the Operational Programmes co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (2007-2013)
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Cities and metropolitan areas are the engines of Europe's economic development. They are also the frontline in the battle against obstacles to growth and employment – especially social exclusion and environmental degradation.
Cohesion Policy plays and will continue to play an important role in the development of Europe's towns and cities. This role expands in the new 2007-2013 programming period as the urban dimension is now fully integrated into the ERDF Operational Programmes. Building on the experience and strengths of the URBAN Community Initiative, Member States and regions have been given the possibility to design, program and implement tailor-made, integrated development operations in all European cities.