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Urban agenda: a new call for proposals worth € 50 million to help cities solve urban challenges

The European Commission has launched its second call for projects worth € 50 million in the framework of the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) initiative. Cities can apply directly and receive European funding for innovative urban projects.

Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu, said: "With this initiative, we give cities the means to turn their ideas into real practices that we can then share at EU level. We know that solutions to the most pressing challenges - unemployment, social exclusion, climate change change, to mention just a few examples - will come from the cities themselves. The urban agenda aims precisely at empowering cities so that their voice can be heard. "

The new call for proposals, with a budget of 50 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will reward the most innovative projects in three categories, in line with the priorities of the EU Urban Agenda: Immigrant Integration, Urban Mobility and cyclical economy. The call covers the period from today to mid April 2017.

According to the thematic priorities of the Urban Agenda, the "Urban Innovation Action" initiative provides EU cities with funding to finance innovative projects with a total allocation of 372 million from the ERDF during the 2014-2020 period.

19 January 2017 will be held at the Thessaloniki Seminar on Topic Thematic Priorities and Application Procedures addressed to those interested in submitting projects for funding.

More information here.

(photo from: http://www.uia-initiative.eu/en/urban-mobility)

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