Commission carries out initial assessment of EU Urban Agenda one year on
A report published by the Commission established that results can be seen one year on from the launch of the EU Urban Agenda and its 12 thematic partnerships. The partnerships, which bring together cities, Member States, European institutions and representatives of civil society, all work on an equal footing, are all operational, and four of them are about to submit their action plan (on the integration of migrants, combating poverty and housing). According to the report, the Urban Agenda has sparked a renewed interest at a national level for urban issues, while at a European level, it has strengthened the coherence between the various policies and their urban dimension. As for the cities, they emerged as key players in the development of policies that directly affect both them and their inhabitants. The Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu, explained: "With the Urban Agenda, we work together to make our cities more innovative, welcoming and more pleasant to live in. It helps us better coordinate our efforts to be at the forefront of the fight against air pollution and achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Working with cities on behalf of cities brings Europe closer to its citizens; this is crucial at a time when we are debating the future of our Union.” A general assessment of the Urban Agenda will be published by the Commission in 2019. Meanwhile, this first report will also encourage thoughts on the future of EU finances, notably on the way in which cities receive and manage funds from the Cohesion policy, or on how to better integrate vulnerable groups, including migrants, with the financial support of the EU.