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

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