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The Urban Agenda for the EU

A new dedicated interactive website for the Urban Agenda for the EU is launched! The website enables stakeholders to be informed on the Urban Agenda and its Partnerships and to actively contribute and participate in discussions. You are invited to join this community so you can contribute and make your voice heard! Please register so you will be receiving a monthly newsletter and notifications related to your own interest.

Background information

The Urban Agenda for the EU is an integrated and coordinated approach to deal with the urban dimension of EU and national policies and legislation. By focusing on concrete priority themes within dedicated Partnerships, the Urban Agenda seeks to improve the quality of life in urban areas.

In 2016, the Pact of Amsterdam agreed upon by the EU Ministers Responsible for Urban Matters on 30 May 2016 established the Urban Agenda for the EU. Based on the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, the Urban Agenda focuses on the three pillars of EU policy making and implementation: Better regulation, Better funding and Better knowledge.

Fourteen Partnerships have been defined so far on the following themes:

  • air quality
  • circular economy
  • climate adaptation
  • culture and cultural heritage
  • digital transition
  • energy transition
  • housing
  • inclusion of migrants and refugees
  • innovative and responsible public procurement
  • jobs and skills in the local economy
  • sustainable use of land and nature-based solutions
  • urban mobility
  • urban poverty
  • security in public spaces

Each Partnership involves on a voluntary and equal basis cities, Member States, the Commission and stakeholders such as NGOs. Together they work on developing and implementing concrete actions to successfully tackle challenges of cities and to contribute to green and digital transitions and other EU objectives.

The New Leipzig Charter adopted in November 2020 provides a European policy framework to sustainable urban development. It considers the Urban Agenda for the EU as the key vehicle for its implementation. In 2021, the renewal process of the Urban Agenda for the EU started, in line with the directions provided by the New Leipzig Charter and its implementing document. On 26 November 2021, EU Ministers responsible for Urban Matters adopted the Ljubljana Agreement and its Multiannual Working Programme that materialise the start of a new phase of the Urban Agenda for the EU, including its operational parameters, work method and steps. The agreement also comprises the addition of four new themes: Greening cities, Sustainable tourism, Food and Cities of equality.

In the 2021–2027, support to the Urban Agenda for the EU will be provided under the European Urban Initiative.

More information

On Futurium: Urban Agenda for the EU - Brochure Urban agenda for the EU Multi-level governance in action

On Twitter: @EUUrbanAgenda

On LinkedIn: Urban Agenda for EU | LinkedIn