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Urban Issues at stake

Under the series of themes in the menu, you will find an inventory of the various programmes and initiatives which are funded by the European Commission and which have an urban dimension. A link to the relevant web addresses on Europa or beyond is provided under each entry. In addition, some recommended links are provided to European associations or research consortia.

Reports, studies, surveys, data collection

Cities of tomorrow - challenges, visions, ways forward

Reports and issue papers

More than two thirds of the European population lives in urban areas. Cities are places where both problems emerge and solutions are found. They are fertile ground for science and technology, for culture and innovation, for individual and collective creativity, and for mitigating the impact of climate change. However, cities are also places where problems such as unemployment, segregation and poverty are concentrated. The 'Cities of tomorrow' reflection process will provide inspiration for policymakers and practitioners involved in urban development, whether at local, regional, national or European level.

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Quality of life in cities - Perception Survey in 79 European cities (2013)

Survey on Quality of life in cities.

A survey is conducted every three years to measure perception of quality of life in cities. A number of issues such as employment, environment, housing, transport, culture, city services and immigration are addressed by this survey.

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Good practice in urban development - Study

Study on European Regional Development Fund

The Commission has published a study on European Regional Development Fund projects aiming at improving the standards of living and working in Europe's cities. 'Urban development in the EU' presents 50 projects which received ERDF investment and offers an information package for selected cities, with detailed information on projects and results there. The study gathers a range of urban practice, and is a 'state of play' in how the cities have put local urban policies into action with ERDF investment from 2007 to 2013.

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Projects' descriptions

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Sustainable Urban-Rural Partnerships - Study and conference

Urban-Rural linkages

The EU is working together with countries, regions and other partners to promote urban-rural linkages. A truly integrated approach to development must go beyond intra-city policy coordination and traditional rural issues. The integration with surrounding areas, both urban and rural, needs also to be considered. The benefits of stronger urban-rural cooperation include more efficient land use and planning, better provision of services (e.g. public transport, health) and better management of natural resources.

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ERDF Investments in Housing - Study

ERDF Investments in Housing - Study

The aim of this study is to improve the understanding of how the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is used in housing projects in the 2007-2013 funding period.

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EU Regional Policy: Stay informed