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Develop new structures and tools that make it possible to improve collaboration on the "city-region" level.

Urban sprawl continues to be a predominant trend in European spatial development. Cities function as motors for social and economic development and are vital for common integrated planning. They are also basic service providers for the whole region. It is essential that urban development and planning goes hand in hand with integrated development of the hinterland. Discussions and moderated processes need to take place about duties and functions that could be shared between towns and their surrounding municipalities. Cooperations should be formed to guarantee the best use of public and private investments. By identifying best practices and by adapting these models to particular local needs the network aims to improve multilevel governance and counteract urban sprawl.

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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.
  • Graz
  • Munich
  • Châlons-En-Champagne
  • Zurich
  • Arezzo
  • Trikala
  • Oradea
  • Kielce
  • Częstochowa