URBACT news

17 April 2014 | Bayonne: Restoring Buildings and Citizen Participation with URBACT
Europe’s old towns reflect the continent’s long and articulated history. Their beauty attracts visitors from all over the world, making their dwellers proud of their cultural heritage. However, living in a historical centre is often challenging: poor living conditions inherited from past concepts of urban space and architecture clash with the need for comfort of its inhabitants. The need for sustainability and energetic performance in renovation represents an additional challenge that needs to be coped with. To tackle this challenge, the city of Bayonne (France) decided to embark on an URBACT journey with partners from all over Europe. As part of this experience, the municipality had to gather relevant stakeholders and work with them to draft a local action plan. The Local Support Group set up in this perspective quickly became a driver in mobilizing citizens and local organizations around the “eco-restoration” agenda.

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17 April 2014 | URBACT III Under the Spotlight: Public Consultation is Now Open
The Final Draft version of URBACT III Operational Programme is ready.  It is now up to the wider EU public to give their opinions on the future of URBACT. 

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11 April 2014 | What’s #spring like in your city?
The URBACT Blog editorial team is working on a post on what spring means for urban residents – when outdoor places get re-invested and more time is spent in public place… 

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10 April 2014 | My City’s Policy for Land Use? Two Mayors' Answers
The question of land use and the intelligent reuse of existing locations is becoming ever more important for EU cities.  But how do East European cities tackle this issue? Is the question as urgent for them as for EU15 cities? Here is an interview with Mayors Cătălin Cherecheș and Jozef Dvonč from the Cities of Baia Mare (RO) and Nitra (SK), both members of USEAct network.

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07 April 2014 | JobTown Network Develops Local Partnerships for Youth Employment.
The development of youth employment and opportunity is at the core of several URBACT projects. JobTown network focuses simultaneously on the creation of youth employment and the development of local strategies as two sides of the same coin. Their latest Learning Module focuses specifically on the establishment of local cooperation and partnerships for youth employment.

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