Programme Thematic Objectives
Investment priority 1A
To improve the capacity of cities to manage sustainable urban policies and practices in an integrated and participative way
To improve the design of sustainable urban strategies and action plans in cities
To improve the implementation of integrated plans for sustainable urban development
To ensure that practitioners and decision-makers at all levels (EU, national, regional and local) have increased access to URBACT thematic knowledge and share know-how on all aspects of sustainable urban development in order to improve urban policies.
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For about 15 years, the URBACT programme has been the European Territorial Cooperation programme aiming to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe. It is an instrument of the Cohesion Policy, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the 28 Member States, Norway & Switzerland.
URBACT’s mission is to enable cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges, by networking, learning from one another’s experiences, drawing lessons and identifying good practices to improve urban policies.
Following the success of the URBACT I and II programmes, URBACT III (2014-2020) has been developed to continue to promote sustainable integrated urban development and contribute to the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy(link is external).
The URBACT III programme is organised around four main objectives:
- Capacity for Policy Delivery: to improve the capacity of cities to manage sustainable urban policies and practices in an integrated and participative way.
- Policy Design: to improve the design of sustainable urban policies and practices in cities.
- Policy Implementation: to improve the implementation of integrated and sustainable urban strategies and actions in cities.
- Building and Sharing Knowledge: to ensure that practitioners and decision-makers at all levels have access to knowledge and share know-how on all aspects of sustainable urban development in order to improve urban development policies.
To reach these objectives, URBACT III develops 3 types of interventions:
- transnational exchanges,
- capitalisation & dissemination.
Each of these interventions are built upon the strengths developed in URBACT II.
URBACT uses resources and know-how to strengthen the capacity of cities to deliver integrated urban strategy and actions on the thematic according to their challenges. The main target participants include practitioners, city managers, elected representatives and stakeholders from other public agencies, the private sector and civil society.
The total budget eligible budget of URBACT III is 96,3 M€.
You can find here the URBACT III Citizen’s Summary tracing the various URBACT activites in 2016. The URBACT program is constantly evolving, do not hesitate to keep in touch by visiting our website.
The list of URBACT III beneficiaries is available here (last update June 2016).
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Emmanuel Moulin (Head)
Adele Bucella, Projects and Programming Head of Unit
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Céline Ethuin, Project & Finance Officer
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Anaïs De Muret, Project & Finance Officer
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Clémentine Gravier, Capacity-Building Officer
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Kristijan Radojcic, Networking Officer
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Nuala Morgan, Capitalisation and Communication Head of Unit
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Jenny Koutsomarkou, Partnership Officer
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Simina Lazar, Communication and Capitalisation Officer
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Perrine Cordero,Junior Communication Officer
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Thierry Picquart, Administration & Coordination Head of Unit
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Marie-José Sertillanges, Technical Assistant
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Sabrina Temime, Technical Assistant
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Mary Papoutsi (Μαρία Παπουτση)
- Greek Ministry of Economy and Development
- Department of Regional Policy,
Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic
- University of Eastern Finland
Spatial Regional and Municipal Research Center
- German Association for Housing, Urban Planning and Spatial Planning
Mary Papoutsi (Μαρία Παπουτση)
- Ministry of Economy and Development
Prof. Mark Boyle
- National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis
- ANCI - National Association of Italian Municipalities
- Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia
French General Commissariat for Territorial Equality (CGET)
- Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government
Local Government Division
Ancuta Maria Cirstea
- Ministry of Regional Development,
Public Administration and European Funds
Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic, Section of Housing Policy and Urban Development