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  • Relations and application of the principle of subsidiarity between central and district townhalls

    The City of Lyon is currently working on a Transformation and Governance project aimed at redefining Lyon’s proximity model and how to apply the principle of subsidiarity between the central city hall (“mairie centrale”) and the 9 districts halls (“mairies d’arrondissements”) within the city. The project aims to look at and rethink our territorial organisation within the city administration in order to move towards greater efficiency and proximity. Following a first benchmark with European and international cities (in part via the Eurocities network), Lyon would be interested to continue working on this topic for the following 2 to 3 years with other local authorities as part of an URBACT IV Action Planning Network (the call for which is currently open until 31 March). The objective would be to develop and formalise a network of 8 to 10 partners (mainly cities but with the possibility to include two other eligible members such as universities, research centres or other levels of government) to work on the topic of local public action, governance and proximity.

    In that context, Lyon is looking for cities which would be interested in forming a consortium to reply to the ongoing URBACT UV Call for Action Planning Networks. However, as Lyon is only launching the process, it is too early to take the lead in building up such a network. Lyon is thus looking for a City which would be ready to take the lead of the consortium as part of this potential EU-funded project.

    Amélie Smethurst
    City of Lyon
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  • URBinclusion


    Kick-off meeting at Paris URBACT secretariat (Phase I)
    Thematic Seminar in February (Trikala), Transnational Meeting and Final Conference “Networking for social inclusion in Europe” in March (Barcelona), URBinclusion Manifesto, partners Operational Implementation Frameworks (OIF), Partners Solution Stories
    Transnational Meeting in February (Barcelona), Project Phase I closure, Project Phase II launch, Transnational Meeting in September (Copenhagen - Kick-off meeting Phase II)
    Thematic Seminar in January (Lyon), June (Glasgow), December (Naples), Transnational Meeting in April (Krakow), October (Turin), URBinclusion partners Implementation Plans

    Arwen Dewilde
    City of Ghent



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    Baena (Cordoba) - Spain


    Artur Katai
    City of Újbuda


    Barcelona City Council - Social Rights Area

    Lluis Torrens:

    Sebastià Riutort:

    Socioeconomic disparities and other forms of inequalities are a major issue in European cities which are threatened by social polarisation increase. Poverty does not only create social differences between people and groups; it also leads to spatial differences.
    URBinclusion implementation network focused on the co-creation of new solutions to reduce poverty in deprived urban areas, focusing on some key challenges to be tackled when going from the strategic to the implementation dimension: integrated approach and inter-departmental coordination, involvement of local stakeholders, monitoring and evaluation and financial innovation.
    Partners cities interchange showed that this requires integrated, cyclical and monitored processes made of recursive actions and feedbacks that produces stable conditions of engagement for continuous improvement.

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  • Cities engaging in the right to housing

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    Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) and URBACT are joining forces on housing!


    Throughout 2020, UIA and URBACT have explored how cities can design housing policies and practical solutions to implement the right to housing.


    We have collected stories and concrete examples from European cities already implementing the right to housing that others can take inspiration from.

    Three questions were leading this work:

    • What are the most innovative practices at city level concretely delivering the right to housing?
    • What can cities do to ensure that everyone – particularly the most disadvantaged groups - have access to safe, adequate and affordable housing?
    • How can the EU and member States create an enabling environment for cities to innovate?

    The ultimate goal is to push the agenda on the right to housing EU wide and to further enrich the work done by the EU Urban Agenda.

    The launch of the joint initiative happended during the Cities Forum on 31 January 2020. Experimenting new housing models and governance structures, designing strategies for those locked out of the housing market, and implementing anti-speculation measures were some of the main themes arising from the discussions regarding the role of municipalities.

    Webinar series


    A series of webinars and more digital outputs were delivered on the following themes:


    Save-the-date for our webinars

    Community-led practices: cooperative, co-housing and CLT practices

    24 April 2020

    No one left behind: addressing specific issues of accessibility to adequate housing by vulnerable groups

    26 June 2020

    Fair finance : municipal strategies protecting housing from speculation

    19 November 2020

    An additional session was organised during the European Week on How to implement the Right to Housing in Covid times.

    Beyond the cities working with UIA and URBACT on this topic, the success of this knowledge activity relies on the contribution of key stakeholders representing housing practitioners, administrations, EU wide organisations, academia and civil society initiatives. 

    To receive more information and get involved, click here.


    More activities are planned for 2021. Videos, podcasts and more inspiring content will be available through a new platform soon to be launched.


    If you have any questions, you can contact:

    Amélie Cousin,
    Alice Fauvel,


    Interested in the topic? Click here to read the article written by Laura Colini, Programme Expert coordinating the joint activity!

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