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Programm: Interreg URBACT

Interreg URBACT
Type of Fund Structural Fund
Description of programme
"Interreg URBACT"

Interreg Urbact acts as a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development. It enables European cities to work together to develop solutions to urban challenges and share good practices, lessons and solutions with all stakeholders involved in urban policy throughout Europe.

Specific 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.
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Thematic Focus Building, Employment, Services, Research, Innovation, Capacity Building, Climate, Mobility, Sustainability, Social affairs, Environment & biodiversity, Traffic, Administration, Natural ressources, Urban development, Regional development
Danube Region, Adriatic and Ionian Region, Alpine Region, Baltic Sea Region
Origin of Applicant of programme
Interreg URBACT
EU Member States
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

Typically involving 6 to 12 cities, depending on the type of network.

Applicant details

The main beneficiaries of the programme shall be cities from EU 28 Member States, Norway and Switzerland willing to develop integrated strategies and action plans for sustainable urban development. Under URBACT III, the beneficiary “city” refers to the public local authority representing:

  • Cities, municipalities, towns;
  • Infra-municipal tiers of government such as city districts and boroughs in cases where they are represented by a politico-administrative institution having competences for policymaking and implementation in the policy area covered by the URBACT network concerned in which they are willing to get involved;
  • Metropolitan authorities and organized agglomerations in cases where they are represented by a politico-administrative institution having delegated competences for policy-making and implementation in the policy area covered by the URBACT network.
They are no limit of size for cities wishing to participate in URBACT activities.

Other beneficiaries of transnational networking

For the actions implemented under Objective 2 (to improve the design of sustainable urban strategies and action plans in cities) and 3 (to improve the implementation of Integrated Plans for sustainable urban development) the list of other eligible beneficiaries is defined as follows:

  • Local agencies defined as public or semi-public organisations set up by a city, partially or fully owned by the city authority, responsible for the design and implementation of specific policies (economic development, energy supply, health services, transport, etc.)
  • Provincial, regional and national authorities, as far as urban issues are concerned;
  • Universities and research centres, as far as urban issues are concerned The number of such beneficiaries is limited within a given project.
Financial details Total budget: 96,3 million €.
  • Less developed and transition regions shall receive up to 85% ERDF contribution
  • More developed regions shall receive up to 70% ERDF contribution  
For Urbact III (2014-2020), the total budget is cofinanced by ERDF (77,1%), national contributions (5,7%) and local contributions (17,2%).
Contact Details

Urbact Secretariat

5, Rue Pleyel
93283 Saint Denis
Tel: + 33 1 85 58 61 87


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