Increasing the competitiveness of urban areas through stakeholder cooperation
The City Regions project was launched to help increase the competitiveness of urban regions through integrated urban-rural development
" Strengthening the functional relationships between the major cities and their surrounding areas is decisive when it comes to the full exploitation of competitive advantages and promoting polycentric development in the macro-region. "
The ongoing migration of people to cities in – already around 70 % of Europe’s population lives in cities – has made space in urban centres highly valuable. The need for land for housing, commerce and industry is increasing along with a consequent need for improved transport systems.
Identifying best practice
However, the City Regions project was set up to bring together city authorities and suburban regions to identify best practices for networking and to negotiate land-use management structures and new transport schemes. “Within the framework of the project, core cities and surrounding municipalities consult together on plans of action, division of responsibilities and financing, thus improving regional competitiveness,” says Peggy Sacher, project manager of City Regions, City of Leipzig.
The project established pilot partnerships to achieve long-term agreements for land use management. For example, in Halle/Leipzig, partners established joint management of commercial areas using a network that capitalises on the comparative advantages of municipalities located within the urban region. In Wroclaw and Lower Silesia, various municipalities now cooperate, as a result of the project, in the protection and development of green areas, management of pre-school education and development of park-and-ride strategies.
In the Graz urban region, the principles of ‘gentle mobility’ have been extended to rural areas, while in Prague, strategies have been developed to manage road investments throughout the greater metropolitan region. In the Turin metropolitan area, the project launched a process of strategic planning to introduce a new quality of metropolitan cooperation between the city and its surrounding municipalities.
The partners involved in the project’s transnational network produced a position paper and recommendations about the effectiveness of taking a macro-regional and peri-urban approach towards European strategies for development of urban regions.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “City Regions – Increasing the competitiveness of urban regions through integrated urban-rural development” is EUR 1 600 420, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 1 252 900 from the Operational Programme “Central Europe” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.
Related countriesSteiermark , Austria Praha , Czechia Střední Čechy , Czechia SACHSEN , Germany Leipzig , Germany Piemonte , Italy Dolnośląskie , Poland
Operational programmesOperational Programme 'Central Europe'
Project duration07/2012 - 12/2014
Total InvestmentEUR 1 600 420
EU InvestmentEUR 1 252 900
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