This paper aims at informing policy-makers at the EU level about the benefits and added value of the interregional programmes (URBACT, ESPON, INTERACT, Interreg Europe) in times of resource scarcity.
Just halfway towards our goals following the marked route, the AGRI-URBAN Network (URBACT III Programme) held a transnational meeting in the Swedish city of Södertälje from 21 to 24 May 2017. A turning point in the agenda of this project, the meeting focused on the AGRI-URBAN topics linked to the experience of this city and also put the emphasis on shaping the Integrated Action Plans of all partners of the project with the participation of their respective URBACT Local Groups. Watching this video, produced after the visit, you can discover how inspirational was this Swedish city in the project design and later, fostering innovative actions in other partner cities involved in the development of local food systems.
For URBACT, print and digital communication can be a powerful tool to inspire cities. Information about other cities — or activities in their own city — can make policymakers think differently, consider new ways of approaching their work, try out or adapt practices from other places and improve their own policies. By sharing their knowledge, experience, and above all, their stories, URBACT stakeholders — National URBACT Points, Lead Experts, Communication Officers and cities involved in URBACT networks and Programme Experts — are key players in this process. In order to improve their writing skills and thus strengthen their ability to play this vital role, the URBACT Secretariat has produced this guide covering the fundamentals of writing about integrated urban development. The guide was prepared by Citiscope (www.citiscope.org), a non-profit media outlet that specialises in urban journalism with the help of the URBACT Secretariat.
The baseline study is a development phase requirement for all URBACT networks. It is a capitalisation exercise, providing partners with an opportunity to start their work with a sound underpinning of knowledge combined with an awareness of the state of play in other European cities, including each of the partner cities.