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Summary of answers to detailed questions from the “ Presidency Note on the networking instrument for European cities and towns. Towards URBACT III ” Maciej Kolczyński Warsaw, 27 September 2011.

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Summary of answers to detailed questions from the “Presidency Note on the networking instrument for European cities and towns. Towards URBACT III”Maciej KolczyńskiWarsaw, 27 September 2011


  • Main focus on areas for consideration with regard to the future cities’ networking instrument and the future of URBACT.

    • URBACT III versus broader elements of future CP, especially its urban dimension;

    • Building capacities and skills in European cities, regions, Member States and across EU;

    • Thematic scope – stronger strategic focus.

  • Answers from 9 countries [Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia and Spain]

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    Building capacities and skills in European cities, regions, Member States and across the EU [Q 1-4]

    Openness of opportunity for cities’ networking within one country under the URBACT III

    diverse positions of MS

    5/7 in favour but...only as an option (with some restrictions) and voluntarily for MS.

    2 MS opposite - URBACT should remain a program for joint urban networks across the entire Europe = networking within one country under national and/or regional policy.

    • European networking as a main focus of URBACT III

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    Building capacities and skills in European cities, regions, Member States and across the EU [Q 1-4]

    Participation of regional and national authorities

    • regional and national level should be able to participate in some parts of URBACT III [8 MS]

      clear focus on partners representing cities.

      not obligatory, no extra cost burdens to the authorities.

      national/regional authorities should participate in URBACT III as National Dissemination Point and as a member of ULSG – so the same approach as it is now.

    • positive aspects of participation of regional and national authorities in URBACT pointed out by MS

      compensation for lacking administrative capacities of smaller towns;

      enhancement/accumulation of resources that are needed to implement projects;

      engagement in EU level networking and to ensure practical application of project results at national/regional level.

      strengthening the operational level and the political support wherever urban development programmes are to be managed.

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    Building capacities and skills in European cities, regions, Member States and across the EU [Q 1-4]

    Support for MA of Mainstream OPby URBACT III in regard to their capacity building on integrated urban development

    • 6/7 MS in favour of such support (resources, some training instrument)

      • voluntary basis + close cooperation with national authorities

    • issue to be further investigated and discussed in detail, also by MC of URBACT

    • one has take into account the diversity of structures and aims of OPs, as well as capability in this respect

    • only one MS against - URBACT should not become a kind of qualification programme for the administration.

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    Building capacities and skills in European cities, regions, Member States and across the EU [Q 1-4]

    What other specific actors should be involved and encouraged to participate in URBACT projects?

    • Cities as a main target group of URBACT III

    • Broad range of necessary stakeholders [7 MS]

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    Thematic scope – stronger strategic focus Member States and across[Q 5-8]

    Europe 2020 strategy

    • URBACT III should respect the specific needs and requirements of cities and MS in responding to the targets of Europe 2020.

    • Another document mentioned by 2 MS, which should be taken into account in thematic scope of URBACT III was the Territorial Agenda 2020.

    • Additional themes were mentioned not strictly connected with EU2020, but important for cities.

      • integrated urban development strategies and development;

      • fostering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in urban areas;

      • fostering smart, sustainable and inclusive urban-rural linkages;

      • fostering integrated urban regeneration;

      • responding to challenges of climate change and environmental risks;

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    Thematic scope – stronger strategic focus Member States and across[Q 5-8]

    Europe 2020 strategy

    • Additional themes (…)

      • improving sustainable territorial connectivity – for instance improving sustainable and smart transport and mobility systems of urban areas and agglomerations;

      • developing/using metropolitan structures and strengthening the links between innovation strategies and urban development;

      • promoting green, compact and energy-efficient cities;

      • combating multiple deprivation, poverty and the segregation of ethnic groups and rehabilitating disadvantaged urban areas;

      • addressing ageing population issues and demographic change in cities.

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    Thematic scope – stronger strategic focus Member States and across[Q 5-8]

    Better relation of URBACT III with other strands of ETC

    • To link URBACT with ESPON, INTERREG IV C and INTERACT.

    • Better relation can be ensured by:

      • establishing a communication platform for project partners from different ETC-strands, dealing with urban topics;

      • thematic consultations and information exchanges;

      • facilitating the project-related cooperation between the differentstrands of European Territorial Cooperation;

        This relates first of all to reduce managerial burdens.

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    Thematic scope – stronger strategic focus Member States and across[Q 5-8]

    How can a better coherence between the networking programme and other EU programmes be achieved?

    • necessity to involve the different European Commission DGscompetent for thematic areas covered by the URBACT in themanagement of the programme and in the dissemination of knowledge [2 MS]

      • REGIO, AGRI, EAC, ENV, Enterprise and Industry etc.

        = better coherence with other EU programmes and policies can be achieved.

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    Thematic scope – stronger strategic focus Member States and across[Q 5-8]

    Also the link with MAs of programmes (Objective 1 and 2) was indicated as necessary [2 MS], especially:

    • ensuring timely and simultaneous discussion and programmingprocess for ETC programmes and Objective 1 and 2 OP’s to ensure internal coherence and complementarity as well as adequate distribution of funds,

    • improving their awareness about what are the flagship projects in urban world, and thus relevant for funding,

    • link with mainstream programmes is enough and should not be strengthenin the future [1 MS],

    • necessity to ensure relation of URBACT also with different initiatives and programmes such as RFSC, „Smart cities and communities“, EUKN [Q 7 and 8].

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    Summary Member States and across

    • All MS support continuation of URBACT II in the nextprogramming period, but with some improvements,

    • Detailed solutions have to be further discussed, as there aredifferent opinion and ideas in this matter,

    • The evolution of URBACT has to be also discussed together withthe general provisions concerning urban dimension in the CP.

    • www.mrr.gov.pl/eic2011

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    Thank you for your attention! Member States and across

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