Urban Innovative Actions: €45 million of EU funds for 11 projects from EU cities

The Commission and the French Regional Council des Hauts-de-France, as managing authority of the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA), have issued the results of the 5th and last call for proposals. The winning projects coming from Brussels, Ghent and Leiedal (Belgium), Sofia (Bulgaria), Chalandri (Greece), Budapest (Hungary), Ferrara and Verona (Italy), Tilburg (the Netherlands), Košice (Slovakia), and Almería (Spain) will receive more than €45 million from the European Regional and Development Fund. The projects cover culture and cultural heritage, air quality, circular economy and demographic change. Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, said: “Today the EU helps 11 more citiesto turn their ideas into life changing solutions. These cities will show us the way on engaging topics highly valued by citizens, such as the quality of their environment, and provide examples that can be replicated all over the EU.” More details on the successful project proposals can be found here. They join the other 75 projects selected under the Urban Innovative Actions 2014-2020. For this call, the Hauts-de-France region received 222 applications from 23 Member States. Now that all the calls for proposals have been finalised, the Commission and the Hauts-de-France region will concentrate their efforts on valuing these experiences as sources of inspiration for Cohesion policy 2021-2027 through an Urban Innovative Actions Knowledge management strategy. In the future,the direct support for urban authorities to innovate and to shape the cities of tomorrow will be part of European urban initiative 2021-2027.