For more than ten years, the URBACT programme has been 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, by networking, learning from one another’s experiences, drawing lessons and identifying good practices to improve urban policies.
Following the success of the URBACT I and II programmes, URBACT III (2014-2020) has been developed to continue to promote sustainable integrated urban development and contribute to the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy.
URBACT III (2014-2020) programme will be organised around four main objectives:
- Capacity for Policy Delivery: To improve the capacity of cities to manage sustainable urban policies and practices in an integrated and participative way.
- Policy Design: To improve the design of sustainable urban policies and practices in cities.
- Policy Implementation: To improve the implementation of integrated and sustainable urban strategies and actions in cities.
- 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 will develop three types of interventions:
- transnational exchange,
- capitalisation & dissemination.
Each of these interventions will be build upon the strengths developed in URBACT II.
The total budget eligible budget of URBACT III is €96,3 M.
The National Contact Point for URBACT is Professor Mark Boyle of National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, Maynooth University.