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Positioning of urban regions in European strategies

The European Spatial Development Perspective describes a balanced and polycentric system of cities and a new relationship between city and country as one of its main guidelines. The Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities argues for closer decision-making processes between cities and rural areas, together with partnerships between cities and rural areas and among small and medium-sized towns as well as cities within urban and metropolitan regions. Finally, the EU 2020 Territorial Agenda demands that the mutual interdependence of cities and rural areas should be taken into account by integrated planning within comprehensive partnerships. Conurbations are to assume responsibility for developments in their wider surroundings.

The urban-rural and the macro-regional dimension

City Regions tackled these challenges with its aim of reinforcing and institutionalising city-regional cooperation agreements. With this regard, as well the relations to the EU macro-regional strategies and to the EU structural support programmes are being investigated. A transnational group of experts discussed these issues, focusing in particular on the following questions:

1. What is the contribution of urban regions to the EU Urban Agenda in the 2014-2020 funding period?

2. Towards future cooperation – Are there arguments for a Central European macro-regional strategy?

Policy study

The comparative analysis shows that there is a wide range of funding approaches in the partner regions, and it provides an overview of the tools and funding opportunities for urban-rural partnerships.

Policy study (PDF - 1,3 MB)

Are there arguments for Central European macro-regional strategy?

The final position paper investigates the large-scale spatial development issues in Central Europe and asks for the possible arguments for an EU macro-regional strategy to address these issues.

Final position paper (PDF - 3,6 MB)


Final publication

City-Regional Partnerships in Central Europe

Leaflets & newsletter

Project leaflet

Pilot leaflet

Transnational newsletter

No. 1  No. 2

This project has been implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF.