For the 2021-27 period, the European Commission proposes a stronger urban and territorial dimension, making European Structural and Investment Funds even more relevant for implementing integrated urban strategies, where integration means multi-sectoral policy, multi-level and multi-stakeholder governance, and multi-territorial and community-led processes.
This asks for better understanding of how the EU approach to urban development is interpreted when put into practice, as well as for clarification on aspects of methodology to be applied.
The UDN webinars provide insights from policymakers and expert guest speakers on how to tackle the main challenges policy-makers face when designing and implementing sustainable urban development strategies as supported by Cohesion Policy.
The webinars are based on the findings of the Handbook of Sustainable Urban Development Strategies published by the Joint Research Centre in collaboration with DG REGIO.
Following the structure of the Handbook, the UDN webinars will be composed of six sessions, each one focusing on one of the building blocks of the EU integrated approach to urban development, namely: strategic dimension, territorial focus, governance, cross-sectoral integration, funding and finance and monitoring