Urbact is a European exchange and learning program financed by the European Union and the member States promoting sustainable urban development. It enables cities to work together to develop solutions to major urban challenges, by coordinating exchange and learning between cities and by providing support and funding for project operations. It gathers 500 cities, 29 countries and 7,000 active participants.
Urbact III is the third Urbact program to be launched and will be delivered across the 2014-2020 programming period under the patronage of France. More particularly, the General secretariat of the inter-ministerial comity of the city (SG-CIV) will be in charge of managing Urbact III. The program will cover all of the 28 Member States of the European Union as well as the two partner countries of Norway and Switzerland and its budget will increase by 40% compared to the current program.
It is proposed that Urbact III will continue its work of promoting the sharing of knowledge and good practice between cities and other levels of government while trying to go further. Urbact wants to encourage cities to develop a strategy of sustainable urban development with all the relevant stakeholders of a given territory. For this third program, Urbact III proposes to support knowledge access but also concrete learning exchanges between cities, in order to encourage the development and implementation of integrated urban policies in European cities. By supporting dialogue between local elected officials, technicians and other urban policy stakeholders across Europe, and by giving them access to the knowledge and methods that allow to think and to build the sustainable city, Urbact III will contribute to the Europe 2020 goals. Indeed, the program feeds and encourages the development of stronger and more vibrant European cities and helps tackle a range of emerging urban issues linked to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (the three Europe 2020 priorities). Among them: innovation and research, environment protection, low carbon economy or social inclusion and employment.
This program proposition for Urbact III will be sent by the end of June 2014 to the European Commission. After it is approved, the first calls for project proposals will be launched at the end of 2014/beginning 2015.
Several stakeholders, including IUFN, have been invited to give their opinion about this proposition of program, and the consultation continues online. Local administrations, the main target of Urbact’s program, are strongly invited to express their wishes and comments concerning this third program proposed.
More information on Urbact III is available here.