Concrete steps for implementing the EU Urban Agenda

Opinion of the European Committee of the Regions – Concrete steps for implementing the EU Urban Agenda

Summary, the Committee of Regions:

  • notes that the aim of the new EU Urban Agendas is to improve the quality of life in towns and cities and to develop new “urban” governance, in accordance with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. Three key criteria are crucial to making this process successful: transparency, participation and binding force;
  • underlines that EU policies must not encourage a competitive relationship between urban and rural dimensions in so far as they are integrated geographically, administratively and in terms of functional and thematic policies;
  • notes that the EU Urban agenda should also provide guidance for the EU’s negotiation positions with view to the Habitat III conference, Quito, October 2016;
  • asks that the European Commission plays a strong and binding role in dealing with coordination. This includes the appointment of the first vice-president as coordinator of the EU Urban Agenda, who through his role would also guarantee a close link with the Better Regulation agenda;
  • continues to call for a systematic review of ways of improving support for towns, cities and their functional areas;
  • recommends the use of the Investment Advisory Hub set up at the European Investment Bank in order to be able to make systematic use of the EIB’s financing instruments for towns and cities;
  • asks the European Commission for a White Paper that assesses and systematises the results of the thematic partnerships and describes the elements of better governance.

The full document can be found here: COR – Urban Agenda


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