EU Urban Agenda

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De 12 thema's van de EU Urban Agenda [1] zijn:

  • Jobs and skills in the local economy
  • Urban poverty
  • Housing
  • Inclusion of migrants and refugees
  • Sustainable use of land and Nature-Based solutions
  • Circular economy
  • Climate adaptation
  • Energy transition
  • Urban mobility
  • Air quality
  • Digital transition
  • Innovative and responsible public procurement

Cross-cutting issues and principles

  • Good urban governance
  • Governance across administrative boundaries and inter-municipal cooperation
  • Sound and strategic urban planning
  • Integrated approach
  • Innovative approaches
  • Impact on societal change, including behavioural change
  • Challenges and opportunities of small- and medium-sized cities
  • Urban regeneration
  • Adaptation to demographic change
  • Availability and quality of public services of general interest
  • International dimension


One of the elements of the ‘Pact of Amsterdam’ is the creation of thematic partnerships where urban areas, EU Member States, the European Commission and other stakeholders work together so that the urban dimension in policy design at the relevant policy level, taking into account the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, can be strengthened.

Each Partnership will explore more deeply which are the most pressing concrete issues to be addressed by the partnership when it comes to improving the urban dimension of EU-policy and how to address these and by whom, leading to a concrete action plan. Each Partnership will look at three main issues:

  • Better regulation: how can existing rules and regulations be adjusted so that they become more urban proof;
  • Better use of financial instruments: how can existing EU financial instruments better be used?
  • Better knowledge exchange: this will look at current knowledge exchange networks and determine if improvements can be made.

Each Partnership should not last more than two to three years and should roughly go through three phases:

  • Explanatory phase where it takes stock of which bottlenecks can be identified and which opportunities can be created. These issues combined with recommendations as to how to move forward will be put down in an action plan;
  • Action phase in which the action plan will be implemented or tested.
  • Evaluation phase where the process is evaluated and lessons learned for future Partnerships are identified.

The following four (pilot) partnerships have been created:

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