Name of the initiative:

Implementing the New Urban Agenda through the Urban Agenda for the EU

By: European Commission National governments
Scope: Global
Timeframe: 5 years
Starting month:


Project's value: 1M – 10M USD

The European Commission is committed to implement the New Urban Agenda. Indeed, it corresponds to the vision of the European Union for a balanced, sustainable and integrated urban development. This vision is marked by: cities that are socially inclusive and safe, green and resilient, prosperous and innovative; cities that have good governance with transparent decisions and accountable Mayors; cities that involve its citizens, businesses and knowledge institutions; cities that cooperate with the different levels of government as well as other cities; and cities that consider the wider territorial context, especially the surrounding rural areas. A key delivery instrument for the New Urban Agenda is the Urban Agenda for the EU. Indeed, the Urban Agenda for the EU aims to better include the urban dimension in policies, involving cities in the design and mobilising them in the delivery of these policies.

Implementation modalities:

The Urban Agenda for the EU is implemented in partnership between the EU, Member States, cities and stakeholders (experts, NGOs, etc.). As such it has a multi-level governance. It will also use an integrated approach using inputs from different policy areas.  The work will focus on 12 Priority Themes that have been identified: 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; and Innovative and responsible public procurement. There will also be some cross-cutting themes such as small and medium-sized cities, urban-rural linkages or innovative approaches.  Concretely, working groups will be set-up to identify to problems and recommend solutions through Action Plans (these are addressed to the EU, the Member States and the cities).

Expected accomplishments:

The Urban Agenda for the EU should lead to better regulation (more effective, more efficient and implemented at a lower cost), better funding (more adapted to the needs, simpler access, more integrated) and better knowledge (data, good practices/ projects, exchange of experiences).


There will be one Action Plan for each of the 12 identified Priority Themes. These Action Plans will have policy inputs (to have better Regulation, better Funding and better Knowledge) and will present some good practices and projects to be transferred and scaled-up in the EU. ).

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