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.