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Urban Development Funds (UDFs) foreseen in the JESSICA initiative for integrated plans for sustainable urban development

Urban Development Funds (UDFs) foreseen in the JESSICA initiative invest in PPP and other projects included in an integrated plan for sustainable urban development. The role of cities in JESSICA is essential: they develop strategies and integrated plans for sustainable urban development; identify/design projects/plans capable of mobilising JESSICA funding; implement projects/investments supported by JESSICA. Objective of the WG is to determine, in close cooperation with EIB, how in practice European cities can draw the maximum benefit from UDF and JESSICA and conversely how the implementation of JESSICA can be structured having regard to existing Structural Fund regulations to best accommodate the needs of cities.

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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 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 reflects and integrates all ULG members' knowledge and learning from transnational exchange.
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