2010/2158(INI)

European Urban Agenda and its Future in Cohesion Policy

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2010/2158(INI) European Urban Agenda and its Future in Cohesion Policy
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead REGI VLASÁK Oldřich (ECR)
Opinion TRAN ROSBACH Anna (EFD)
Lead committee dossier: REGI/7/03651
Legal Basis RoP 048
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  • 2011/06/23 Text adopted by Parliament, single reading
    • T7-0284/2011 summary
    • Results of vote in Parliament
  • 2011/06/23 Commission response to text adopted in plenary
  • 2011/06/01 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2011/06/01 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2011/05/26 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2011/04/15 Deadline Amendments
  • 2011/03/23 Committee draft report
  • 2010/09/09 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2010/09/02 EP officialisation

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AmendmentsDossier
158 2010/2158(INI) European Urban Agenda and its Future in Cohesion Policy
2010/11/11 TRAN 55 amendments...
source: PE-452.758
2011/04/18 REGI 103 amendments...
source: PE-462.880

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    • The Committee on Regional Development adopted the own-initiative report by Oldřich VLASÁK (ECR, CZ) on European Urban Agenda and its Future in Cohesion Policy.

      Members note that cities possess unique architectural and cultural potential, as well as considerable powers of social integration, and thus contribute to the social balance. The economic crisis of the last few years has heightened disparities and social exclusion in metropolitan areas. This is the reason why Members support the development of an urban agenda the main aspects of which would be the following:

      Context of the urban dimension: Members note that the European Urban Agenda comprises on the one hand the urban dimension of EU policies, in particular cohesion policy, and on the other hand the intergovernmental strand of European-level efforts to coordinate the urban policies of Member States. They call for this coordination to be strengthened between the decision-making levels and for a greater involvement of local authorities. They also call for the consolidation of the urban dimension and the promotion of sustainable urban development and integrated approaches by reinforcing and developing instruments to implement the 2007 Leipzig Charter on the European sustainable city and for more cities to be involved in this project. On the matter of urban development, Members highlight the fact that a range of other EU policies (such as environment, transport and energy) and programmes have a strong impact on urban development. They therefore stress the need for a better understanding of the territorial impact of policies.

      Local needs and/versus European priorities: Members stress that urban areas, which contain 73% of Europe's population, generate around 80% of the GDP and consume up to 70% of the energy in the Union and are the major centres of innovation, knowledge and culture, thanks, among other things, to the presence of SMEs. Only cities with high-quality services and adequate infrastructure can attract and promote forward-looking activities with high added value. However, they also bear the costs of economic productivity (urban sprawl, concentration, congestion, pollution, land use, climate change, energy insecurity, housing crisis, spatial segregation, crime, migration etc.) and are affected by major social imbalances (high unemployment, social insecurity and exclusion, social polarisation etc.). Measures are therefore needed to develop sustainable, smart, inclusive investments that are appropriate to each individual city's particular needs.

      Members call for a European dimension to cohesion policy that embodies the concept of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and focuses on a threefold objective:

      1. to help urban areas develop their basic physical infrastructure as a precondition for growth in order fully to exploit their potential contribution to economic growth in Europe, diversification of the economic base and energy and environmental sustainability;
      2. to help urban areas modernise their economic, social and environmental characteristics through smart investment in infrastructure and services based on technological advancements;
      3. to regenerate urban areas by reclaiming industrial sites and contaminated land, while bearing in mind the need for links between urban and rural areas.

      Members favour 'smarter urban development' making the maximum use of ITCs, intelligent transport systems, energy efficiency of buildings, the sustainable regeneration of urban areas, etc. More generally, they stress the importance of using available funding to implement programmes promoting renewable energies. They also call for social innovation of disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

      Multi-level governance and the partnership principle: Members reiterate their view that one of the weaknesses of the Lisbon Strategy was the lack of well-functioning multi-level governance and the insufficient involvement of regional and local authorities and civil society in the EU2020 Strategy. They call the greater involvement of the political leaders of key urban areas and associations of local and regional authorities in all stages of Cohesion Policy decision-making. They suggest, in particular, that the local authorities draw up concrete programmes of action under their specific development strategies.

      They consider that multi-level governance, regional planning and the partnership principle are the most effective tools to prevent sectorialisation and fragmentation of development policies. They call on Member States specifically to promote contacts and the exchange of good practices on rural-urban strategies because urban areas are not isolated elements within their regions: they are closely linked to their surrounding functional, suburban or rural areas.

      In parallel, Members underline the positive role that is played by cross-border cooperation, transnational cooperation and the URBACT initiative, in particular, and call for the urban dimension of the European territorial cooperation objective to be enhanced in the 2014-2020 period.

      They also stress that the 'urban regeneration' process and the 'integrated approach' could lead to a new 'urban alliance' that brings together all stakeholders involved in the 'city building' process, based on consensus and improved governance.

      Sub-delegation of responsibilities: Members take the view that the Member States should guarantee sufficient budgetary resources to reach the goals of the Cohesion Policy and EU 2020 Strategy. They should moreover make use of the option of subdelegated responsibilities in the implementation and evaluation of the Cohesion Policy, without prejudice to the financial responsibility of the managing authorities and Member States. For the next programming period, Members suggest the implementation of independent operational programmes managed by particular urban areas, joint operational programmes covering the urban areas of particular Member States, global grants or ring-fencing of urban measures and resources within specific regional operational programmes. They also recommend that the share of resources attributed to urban actions should be left to the discretion of programme designers particularly where a region is predominantly rural and weakly urbanised.

      Integrated strategic planning: Members advocate integrated strategic planning principles, as they can help local authorities move on from thinking in terms of 'individual projects' to more strategic intersectoral thinking. They stress the added value and innovative nature - particularly for disadvantaged neighbourhoods - of this 'bottom-up' approach. They call on the Commission to:

      • prepare a study comparing the practice to date of individual Member States regarding integrated strategic planning and, on the basis of the outcome of the study, to draw up specific EU guidelines for integrated urban development planning practice;
      • make integrated urban planning legally binding if EU funds are used for co-financing projects;
      • step up technical assistance towards improved integrated development planning
      • boost the synergies with energy, environmental and energy policies.

      Members also urge local authorities to initiate new public-private partnerships and innovative urban infrastructural development strategies so as to attract investment and stimulate business activity. They recall the need to have sufficient funding available for disadvantaged areas of cities.

      Comprehensive financial planning: given the current austerity measures, Members recall the need to improve the efficiency of investments and for the better coordination of all public and private funding available at all levels. They advocate comprehensive financial planning at local level as an indivisible component of integrated development planning. All beneficiaries of public funds are also called upon, in line with the concept of result orientation, to sign up strictly to the 'money for projects, instead of projects for money' principle.

      Once again, Members ask that there be more flexible conditions foreseen for cross-financing between the ERDF and the ESF in order to encourage their use and draw particular attention to the complementary nature of these funds. They also stress the promising role of new financial engineering instruments based on the principles of 'projects for money' and 'money for projects' put in place during the current programming period and call on the Commission to pursue the idea in the future. Members believe that the interest rates of EIB financial tools should be made lower in comparison with commercial loans to this end.

      Members call on the Commission to ensure that financial flows between the European, national and sub-national level are organised in the most efficient and flexible way in the future. Lastly, they call on the Commission to aim at the best possible harmonisation of rules for particular EU funds and programmes under which urban and local development projects are eligible for co-financing.

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