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Good Practice Label
General context


We all know that in these difficult times cities face ever increasing urban challenges linked to demographic change, climate and environmental targets, unemployment and urban poverty to name but a few. As urban practitioners, we are all seeking practices which are relevant and overcome these barriers. 

Such practices, as far as URBACT is concerned, come in all shapes and sizes, all themes and topics. And when we say ‘good practice’ we do not necessarily mean something grand, innovative and demonstrating excellence.

URBACT believes that your city has ‘hidden’ good practices which interest other European cities and they do not need to be any of the above. What is more, the opportunity to learn from peers and adapt and reuse tried and tested practices without reinventing the wheel is an attractive option when scarcity of resources is a daily discussion.

If you want to know more about our definition of a good practice, read HERE.

For this reason, URBACT is launching a Good Practice Call.

Why apply?
City Why

This call invites your city to come forward with your good practices in the field of sustainable integrated urban development to:

  • Be part of the pioneering group of URBACT Good Practices to be widely promoted at EU and international level
  • Be able to share the Good Practice within the framework of a Transfer Network (Call to be published in September 2017)

All the cities with selected good practices will be awarded the title URBACT Good Practice City. The label will provide your city with the recognition and visibility it deserves for the results accomplished.

Furthermore, a specially conceived mix of communication and promotional activities will be put in place to promote the label, your city’s practice and the story that lies behind it.  First of all, a Good Practice Festival will be organised in October 2017, where all the selected cities with good practices will take part and have the opportunity to network with European and city policy-makers. Other materials such as publications, presentations, videos and infographics will be produced and shared with urban practitioners from all over Europe, making sure that your story gets known.

By becoming an URBACT Good Practice City, you’ll have the chance to advocate for sustainable and integrated urban development at URBACT events and capacity-building activities (workshops and conferences at programme and project level) including the activities related to the contribution to Urban Agenda for EU.

Last but not least, the label will also allow you to share your experience within the framework of a Transfer Network. This will not only allow you to lead and mentor the process of understanding and reusing your practice, but also to better refine and improve it by using an in-depth peer-review methodology.


It is time for cities to share their good practices now, more than ever

A Good Practice Call with a difference

VIDEO: Three examples of good practices developed by URBACT cities

VIDEO - Three examples of good practices developed by URBACT cities

5 December 2016
This is your chance to share and improve your good practices.
30 January 2017
Presentation of the Good Practice Call in Brussels
The URBACT Secretariat along with the European Commission will explain you why this call is interesting for cities and how you can benefit from it.
DEADLINE: 31 March 2017
Your submission must include the application form and support materials presenting your good practice. You can submit more than one good practice.
End May 2017
After review by an Assessment Panel, each selected good practice will be awarded the title of “URBACT Good Practice City.”
From June 2017 on
EU Communication Campaign
Selected good practices will be highlighted in a series of promotional actions: presentation in major URBACT publications, a dedicated webpage, etc.
September 2017
Call for Transfer Network
Becoming a mentoring city in a Transfer Network will allow you not only to share your good practice but also to improve your own methodology.
4- 5 October 2017
Good Practice Festival
All URBACT Good Practice Cities will be featured at a showcase event on 4-5 October 2017, in Tallinn, Estonia.
How to apply?




First of all, in order to facilitate your application process we drafted an “easy to read” Terms of References which shall provide you with all the relevant information regarding the Good Practice Call.

To submit your application, you need to follow a 2-step submission procedure:

Step 1

The facilitated application process by using an “easy to use” online application form.

As an applicant you will need to fill in your information and answer 13 qualitative questions that will provide the Assessment panel with the necessary information about your good practice.

Step 2

You shall send us by email -, the ‘support package’ with the following elements:


-          Good Practice Summary with no more than 5000 characters

-          2 photos presenting your good practice


Materials – short documents, infographics, video, etc. - you may deem relevant for supporting the information provided in the application form (in English or with English summary).

Before you start, please read carefully the terms of reference of the Good practice Call.

In case of having any uncertainties please feel free to contact us by email – after you have consulted our FAQ Section dedicated to the present call.


Upcoming Meeting and Infodays

A presentation event will take place in Brussels on 30 January 2017 from 3.00 PM to 6.30 PM, at the Conference Centre Albert Borschette.

The meeting will profit from the presence of representatives from the European Commission.

The URBACT Secretariat will explain you why this call in interesting for cities and how you can benefit from it. You will also be provided with all necessary information about application criteria and how to get involved in the call.

If you want to join us, please register here


National Infodays will be organised in most EU countries. Here is the list with the upcoming events: 

Austria-Germany: 8-9 December, Berlin. For more information please contact: Heike Mages at

Bulgaria : 13 December 2016, and 27-28 February 2017, Sofia. For more information please contact: Simeon Petkov at

Czech Republic: 12 December 2016. More information here

France: 14 December 2016, Saint-Denis. More information here.

Greece-Cyprus: 20 January 2017, Thessaloniki. More information here

Hungary: 16 December 2016, Budapest. More information here

Italy: 14 December 2016, Rome. More information here

Latvia: 6 February 2017, Riga. For more information please contact: Laura Cunska at

Netherlands: 7 December 2016, The Hague. More information here.

Poland: 8-9 December 2016. More information here

Portugal: 17 January 2017, Lisbon. More information here.

Romania: 26 January 2017, Bucarest. More information here.

Slovakia: 6 December 2016, Bratislava. For more information please contact: Kamila Gejdosova at

Slovenia: 8 December 2016. More information here

Sweden: 7-8 December 2016, Malmö. More information here.

United Kingdom: 14 March 2017, Manchester. More information here.