Pact of Amsterdam - The Urban Agenda for the EU: European cities get their say in EU policy making

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Tiago SERRENHO Scientific Project Officer
European Commission - DG JRC, Directorate C - Energy, Transport and Climate
Policies and Targets
Urban Areas

The Pact of Amsterdam, an initiative from the Dutch Presidency of the EU outlines the Urban Agenda for the EU and lays out its key principles.

At the heart of the Urban Agenda for the EU is be the development of 12 partnerships on 12 identified urban challenges.

The partnerships will allow cities, Member States, EU Institutions and stakeholders, such as NGOs and business partners, to work together on an equal basis to find common ways to improve urban areas in the European Union.

In line with the Commission's commitment to better regulation, action plans designed by the partnerships will focus on a more effective and coherent implementation of existing EU policies in cities in the fields of environment, transport and employment, for example. It will also focus on easing access to EU funding, promoting combinations of EU funds and enhancing the knowledge base regarding urban matters and the exchange of best practices.

Four pilot partnerships have already started: on the inclusion of migrants, coordinated by the city of Amsterdam; on air quality, coordinated by the Netherlands; on housing, coordinated by Slovakia; and on urban poverty, coordinated by Belgium and France. The remaining partnerships will be launched between the end of 2016 and the summer of 2017.

See the press release of the launch here

Download the Pact of Amsterdam Document here

Check the infography of the Urban Agenda below:
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