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New European Tools for Urban Development

The project consists in exchanges between European cities on the implementation of Article 7 of European Regulation. For the first time the European Commission dedicated 50 B€ to the development of European cities for 2014-2020. The European Commission developed tools such as the Integrated Territorial Investment or the Urban Axis in order to get the results and objectives closer to the needs of the cities and further than national level. The CIA 7 network consists in understanding the role of the cities in this 2014-2020 European programming and the way they use the tools to their development.

One city is one way to implement Article 7 but we are all facing the same challenges and we all have the same goal to implement the integrated strategy at the local level. How to achieve this aim during a fixed programming period? What do we want to develop? How to include all stakeholders to build the project? To answer these questions, the network will develop exchanges between partners into topics such as the development of integrated approach, the involvement of local stakeholders, the evaluation and the gap between strategy and implementing. The network would like to develop recommendations to cities implementing Article 7 and to be part of the discussions for the next programming period.


Project Launch
Phase 1 completed

Integrated action plans

An Integrated Action Plan (IAP) is a policy instrument that is produced by Action Planning networks within a period of 12 - 14 months after the beginning of their activities. The aim of the IAP is to respond in a concrete way to a urban challenge, which is common to all involved cities. Each partner city develops its own IAP, so all plans are unique in terms of local circumstances, territorial coverage and, most of all, the context in which this tool is proposed to be implemented. The creation and validation of this instrument relies in a collective undertaking, designed to strengthen commitment and to increase the prospect of sustainable delivery. In this sense, every partner city must establish a URBACT Local Group (ULG), in order to gather implicated stakeholders to co-create and participate in this process.Thus, the IAP reflect and integrate all ULG members' knowledge and learning from transnational exchange.
  • Lille
  • Duisburg
  • Lublin
  • Olomouc
  • Larissa
  • Bari
  • Pesaro
  • Seville
  • Dublin