Strategies and policies
EU countries' common principles and strategies for urban policy are set out in the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities, including reference to affordable and sustainable housing, and to social housing.
Within the partnership of the Urban Agenda for the EU on housing, the EU countries and cities, the European Commission and stakeholders work together to foster affordable housing of good quality. Measures have been put forward in the areas of state aid for housing, finance and funding, general housing policies and knowledge.
Urban data and studies
Funding opportunities and advice
Programmes and funding opportunities
For more information and other funding opportunities, please visit our dedicated funding page.
Advice and technical assistance
Urbis is a new dedicated urban investment advisory platform within the European Investment Advisory Hub. It is set up to provide advisory support to urban authorities to facilitate, accelerate and unlock urban investment projects, programmes and platforms.
JASPERS is the 'Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions', free of charge for local authorities and promotors, which advices cities and regions on strategic planning in a wide range of sectors. It supports the preparation of projects in areas benefiting from EU funds so they meet all the necessary standards.
fi-Compass is a platform for advisory services on financial instruments and is designed to support European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) managing authorities, Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) microfinance providers and other interested parties, by providing practical know-how and learning tools on financial instruments.
UIA & URBACT: Cities engaging in the right to housing
The network reduced the energy consumption of buildings and in buildings. It looked for new solutions to renovate social and affordable housing units, in order to improve their energy efficiency (EE) and to influence users' behaviour through citizens' involvement.
The network fostered efficient regeneration of neighbourhoods, making them more attractive and improving their environmental quality, whilst creating an integrated tailor-made approach to combat poverty.
The network cooperated among partners to optimise a sustainable and affordable supply of housing and to assure social cohesion through social mix and sustainable housing.
STORM proposes a set of novel predictive models and improved non-invasive and non-destructive methods of survey and diagnosis for effective prediction of environmental changes and for revealing threats and conditions that could damage cultural heritage sites.
Decision on the application of Article 106(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to State aid in the form of public service compensation granted to certain undertakings entrusted with the operation of services of general economic interest