URBACT drives change for better cities
Since 2002, URBACT has been driving change all over Europe by enabling the cooperation and idea exchange amongst cities within thematic networks
, by building the skills of local stakeholders in the design and implementation of integrated and participatory policies, and by sharing knowledge and good city practices.
Cities are at the forefront of today’s greatest challenges and opportunities. Climate change, intergenerational gaps and digital disruption are just some common turning points for European cities. And yet, cities are also home to cultural diversity, economic opportunities and essential services. It’s by sharing experiences with other cities that we can harness the many opportunities of sustainable urban development. This is where URBACT comes in.
URBACT promotes integrated development to support cities implement horizontal and vertical policy integration. Positive change can best be made when local authorities collaborate with different levels of governance (regional, national, EU) –vertical integration – and when they tackle challenges and problems in a holistic way that considers environmental, economic, and social dimensions at the same time – horizontal integration.
URBACT has developed a series of processes and tools, as a part of the URBACT Method. It encourages cities to re-think centralised governance structures and shift towards more inclusive and holistic models. URBACT’s participatory approach recognises that sustainable urban development is driven by action-oriented strategies, which are co-created and implemented with local people.
Previously successful types of Networks like Action Planning and Transfer will continue, while a new type of Network will be developed to strengthen the connections between the European Urban Initiative
For the first time, URBACT
The programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with a budget of EUR 79 769 000 and by the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance with a budget of EUR 5 000 000 for the period 2021-2027.
More information about the URBACT IV programme is provided in the KEY DOCUMENTS section (scroll to the end of the page).
URBACT IV follows builds on from previous Programme cycles:
- URBACT III, 2014-2020, supported 678 partner cities across Europe from 83 Networks (see the beneficiaries' list) and focused on sharing good practices through transfer networks and implementing integrated action plans. The Evaluation Summary and the Impact Evaluation provide valuable insights of the URBACT III Programme.
- URBACT II, 2007-2013, broadened the Programme’s scope to focus on sustainable urban development across a wide range of policy areas and included capacity-building initiatives for the first time.
- URBACT’s first cycle – URBACT I – ran from 2002 to 2006 and built upon EU pilot projects starting in the late 1980s that developed integrated approaches to urban regeneration.
URBACT is closely aligned with and contributes to the EU’s priorities.
A key aim of URBACT IV is to “enhance the institutional capacity of public authorities”. This contributes to sustainable urban development objectives and aims “to reinforce the effectiveness of the EU's Cohesion Policy". URBACT has an officially recognised role to play in achieving Policy Objective 5 – bringing “Europe closer to citizens by fostering the sustainable and integrated development of all types of territories”.
URBACT contributes to the partnerships of the Urban Agenda for the EU and the renewal of the Leipzig Charter with the concepts of green, just and productive cities, adopted in 2020 during the German Presidency of the Council of the EU. URBACT also collaborates with other programmes and organisations, including the European Urban Initiative, ESPON, INTERACT, INTERREG EUROPE, Horizon Europe, Council of European Municipalities and Cities, Committee of the Regions, to name a few.
As a part of its strategic partnership with the European Urban Initiative, URBACT also provides content to the Portico platform, a dedicated space to connect urban actors with the knowledge, people, and initiatives they need to implement sustainable urban development. It's an entry door for the European urban community to access the knowledge and skills.
URBACT’s governance structure ensures that activities are transparent, efficient and meet the needs of European cities.
The European Commission (Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy) oversees URBACT and guarantees activities continue to play a key role in the EU Cohesion Policy.
The Monitoring Committee, which is represented by the EU Member and Partner States, the European Commission, IPA Countries, the European Committee of the Regions and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, defines the strategic direction of the URBACT programme and takes decisions about activities to be implemented. The members of the Monitoring Committee also exchange on the needs of cities, thematic priorities, programme links with European Urban Initiative and cohesion policy at national and European level. More information about the URBACT Monitoring Committee (rules of procedure, contacts, decisions) is available here.
The Managing Authority, hosted by the French National Agency for Territorial Cohesion (Agence nationale de la cohésion des territoires), is in charge of the management of the URBACT programme.
The URBACT Joint Secretariat, based in Paris (FR), implements the decisions taken by the Monitoring Committee. The Secretariat designs and delivers activities related to the objectives of the URBACT Programme.
Teofil GhercaProgramme Director
Programme Management and Administration
Ettie-Kaly PététotContracting and Finance Officer
Sabrina TemimeTechnical Assistant
Pierre-Jean AlloryProgramme and Management Officer
Networks and Capacity Building
Clementine GravierHead of Unit
Manon LambertClosure Officer
Maria Laura MitraProject Officer
Irina RotaruProject Officer
Evgenia StratiProject Officer
Knowledge and Communication
Jenny KoutsomarkouHead of Unit
Naima JomniPartnership Officer
Aleksandra KluczkaCommunication Officer
Chiara PetroliEvents Officer
Stefanie WeberCapitalisation and Communication Officer
Strategic Programme Development
Kristijan RadojčićStrategic Programme Development Lead Officer