Strategies and policies

The Social Investment Package (SIP) sets out an integrated policy framework which reinforces the crucial role of active inclusion by focusing on – among others – one-stop shops, increase of take-up and coverage of social benefits, adequate income support and better activation.

Within the partnership of the Urban Agenda for the EU on urban poverty, cities, EU countries and the European Commission work together to identify EU policies with impact on inclusion of the poor and regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods.

Main links

European Pillar of Social Rights

Europe 2020 strategy (2010)

Social Open Method of Coordination (OMC)

EU guidelines on the rights of the child

Other links

Agenda for new skills and jobs

Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities (2007)

Toledo informal ministerial meeting on urban development - Declaration (2010)

Urban data and studies



Urban data platform

Open data portal for ESI

Funding opportunities and advice

Programmes and funding opportunities

European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD)

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)


European Social Fund

Employment and Social Innovation programme (EaSI)

Joint programming initiative urban Europe

Advice and technical assistance

European Investment Advisory Hub (from end of 2021: InvestEU Advisory Hub)


Beginner's Guide to EU Funding

Accessing regional-policy funds




Project examples

Urban Innovative actions: projects related to urban poverty

EU legislation

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

Directive 2000/43/EC on equal treatment irrespective of racial or ethnic origin

Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law