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The European Urban Initiative is an essential tool of the urban dimension of Cohesion Policy for the 2021-2027 programming period. The initiative established by the European Union supports cities of all sizes, to build their capacity and knowledge, to support innovation and develop transferable and scalable innovative solutions to urban challenges of EU relevance.

Type of service
Networking and knowledge sharing
Research, development, innovation
Urban themes covered
Target audience

The European Urban Initiative’s target audience is European cities of all sizes, Cohesion Policy stakeholders, urban policymakers and practitioners at local, regional, national, and EU level, the Urban Agenda for the EU community, as well as the public at large.

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3rd EUI call for Innovative Actions
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The third EUI-Innovative Actions (EUI-IA) Call for Proposals is launched now and will close on 14 October 2024 at 14.00 CEST with an allocated indicative budget of EUR 90 million ERDF. Each project can receive up to a maximum of EUR 5 million ERDF co-financing and project implementation should take place within a maximum period of 3,5 years.

Tthe third Call for Proposals of EUI - Innovative Actions is targeting innovative projects focusing on the two topics: 'Energy transition' and 'Technology in cities'. 

Urban authorities
Support :  grant
Funding support :  5,000,000 €
City-to-City Exchanges
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Policy challenge related to the design and implementation of Sustainable Urban Development within Cohesion Policy. 

Urban authorities
Support :  grant
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The EUI aims to provide a coherent and coordinated offer of Cohesion Policy support to cities, and to mutually create and reinforce value across different areas of activity (innovation, capacity building, knowledge, policy and communication). With a ERDF budget of EUR 450 million for the period of 2021-2027, the initiative specifically offers: 

  • Up to EUR 5 million of funding to cities to experiment in the development of transferable and scalable innovative solutions to respond to local urban challenges of EU relevance. Part of this funding is used to prepare the transfer of these solutions to other EU urban areas; 

  • To strengthen and build the capacities and skills of cities, in particular, in integrated urban development strategies and practices; 

  • Portico, a new knowledge platform for cities to access the latest operational knowledge on urban matters relating to Cohesion Policy, and for further knowledge created beyond this policy area; 

  • Knowledge activities aimed at capturing, consolidating and enabling the uptake of outputs and results produced by the different activity areas of the Initiative; 

  • The technical Secretariat for the UAEU on behalf of the European Commission; 

  • A support to intergovernmental cooperation on urban matters (technical and thematic expertise); and, 

  • Synergies and complementarity with URBACT IV 

The EUI’s activities will equally contribute to the five Policy Objectives of Cohesion Policy, and in particular, to the new Policy Objective 5 ‘a Europe closer to citizens by fostering the sustainable and integrated development of all types of territories’. This is central to the capacity and knowledge building activities of EUI that enhance policy development and design.

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