Consultation on "The urban dimension of EU policies – key features of an EU Urban Agenda"

Europe continues to be faced with challenges related to the economy, the climate, the environment, and society at large. Most of these challenges have a strong urban dimension. But although cities’ role for economic, social and cultural development, and their potential for a more resource efficient habitat, have long been recognised, the policy response at European and national level has been slow and piecemeal, with many but poorly integrated sectoral initiatives.

The contributions to the public consultation are available :

The Commission Staff Working Document “Results of the public consultation on the key features of an EU Urban Agenda” pdf summarises the views from stakeholders across Europe on why we need an EU urban agenda, what it should contain, how it should operate and what the roles of different actors from local to EU level should be. The Staff Working Document also explains how the Commission can respond to stakeholder expectations by making better use of its existing tools and resources, in full respect of subsidiarity and without bringing new legislation or more administrative burden.

Policy field(s)

Regional and urban policy

Target group(s)

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from stakeholders responsible and/or concerned by urban development at EU, national, regional and local level, including Member States, public authorities and representative bodies, non-governmental organisations, academic and research institutions, business, citizens.

Period of consultation

From 18 July to 26 September 2014

Objective of the consultation

A growing number of voices argue that cities need to be adequately involved in the conception and implementation of EU policies, and that EU policies need to be better adapted to the urban realities where they will be implemented. This is expressed by calls for an EU urban agenda coming from a range of stakeholders at the EU, national and local level. The purpose of this consultation is to widen debate to all stakeholders and to reach relevant stakeholders and to gather their ideas and further clarifying the need for an EU urban agenda, what its objectives should be and how it could function.

How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

If your organisation is registered in the Transparency Register, please indicate your Register ID number. If your organisation is not registered, you can register now. Responses from organisations not registered will be published separately.

If you wish to contribute with a paper which would develop further the topics of an EU Urban Agenda and/or issues raised by this questionnaire, you are welcome to send it as an attachment in PDF to

(You are advised to prepare your contribution in advance before filling-in the questionnaire online. We recommend you to download the PDF file of the questionnaire, to allow you to draft your answers to the open text questions carefully.)

View the consultation document


pdf bg cs da de el en es et fi fr hr hu it lt lv mt nl pl pt ro sk sl sv

View the questionnaire

Online questionnaire for the public consultation on an EU Urban Agenda.

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Forum: "CITIES - Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe", Brussels 17-18 February 2014

Report 'Cities of tomorrow'

Contact details

  • DG Regional and Urban Policy, H1 Competence Centre
    Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development
  • e-mail:
    DG Regional and Urban Policy – Unit H1
    BU-1 00/194
    B-1049 Brussels

Reason why the consultation period is less than 12 weeks

The Commission has initiated a first debate with stakeholders on the need for an urban agenda, what it should be and how it should operate through the organisation of a major forum in February 2014. The awareness amongst stakeholders in combination with the ambition to have outcomes of the consultations available for the Italian Presidency of the Council to ensure a transition to the incoming Commission has led to the decision to shorten the consultation period to ten weeks.

View the contributions

In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct.
If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps

The Commission will present preliminary results of this public consultation at a conference organised by Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to be held in Rome. The public consultation should gather ideas from stakeholders to further clarifying the need for an EU urban agenda, the objectives it should include and how it could function. On this basis, the Commission will decide upon next steps.