Urban Development Network

Between 2014 and 2020, the European Regional Development Fund will allocate €15 billion directly to integrated strategies for sustainable urban development. Around 900 cities across the EU are empowered to implement these strategies. The Urban Development Network supports information exchange between cities involved in integrated Sustainable Urban Development and in Urban Innovative Actions. UDN promotes the dialogue on Sustainable Urban Development among the Commission, cities and other stake-holders.

For more information see the Urban Development Network webpage.

Smart Cities

Technological solutions bringing toghether different policy fields help cities to reduce their environmental impact and offer citizens better lives. Smart cities and Communities is supported through various EU instruments, such as European Structural and Investment Funds, Horizon 2020 and the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC).

Smart cities

Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Since 2008, the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy has brought together local and regional authorities who voluntarily commit to implementing the EU’s climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Living-in.EU Movement

Living-in.EU Movement is a collaborative platform for cities and communities to accelerate their digital transformation the 'European way' (citizen-centric, ethically and socially responsible data usage, open and interoperable standards).

Created by a group of cities, city representative groups Eurocities, Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC), the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), and supported by the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions, it was launched in December 2019 by the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The aim of Living-in.EU is to work together to scale up the use of data technology to tackle a range of interconnected challenges, including urban mobility, energy efficiency, and digital public services, while ensuring environmental sustainability in line with the European Green Deal. Cities, regions and Member States are invited to join the community by signing the ‘Join, Boost, Sustain’ Declaration, which NGOs and businesses can also subscribe to as supporters.

International urban policy

On the global level, the EU supports sustainable urban development.  It participated to the Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development,where the New Urban Agenda was adopted by UN member states. It cooperates with countries from the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean. It provides funding for city-to-city cooperations.

Working on urban development globally