Urbact III

The URBACT programme is the European Territorial Cooperation programme aiming to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe. It is an instrument of the Cohesion Policy, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the 28 Member States, Norway & Switzerland.

URBACT’s mission is to enable cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges (ranging from how to tackle an ageing population to reducing their carbon production), by networking, learning from one another’s experiences, drawing lessons and identifying good practices to improve urban policies. It uses European Structural Funds to achieve its goals. It does not do investments and nor does it carry out pilot projects.

Following the success of the URBACT I and II programmes, URBACT III has been developed to continue to promote sustainable integrated urban development and contribute to the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy.

The URBACT III programme is organised around four main objectives:

  1. Capacity for Policy Delivery: to improve the capacity of cities to manage sustainable urban policies and practices in an integrated and participative way.
  2. Policy Design: to improve the design of sustainable urban policies and practices in cities.
  3. Policy Implementation: to improve the implementation of integrated and sustainable urban strategies and actions in cities.
  4. Building and Sharing Knowledge: to ensure that practitioners and decision-makers at all levels have access to knowledge and share know-how on all aspects of sustainable urban development in order to improve urban development policies.

To reach these objectives, URBACT III develops 3 types of interventions:

  • transnational exchanges,
  • capacity-building,
  • capitalisation & dissemination.

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