The Commission and the Council of the French Region des Hauts-de-France, as the managing authorities of the Innovative Measures for Cities project, have published the results of the 5th and final call for proposals. Winning projects from Brussels, Ghent and Leidal (Belgium), Sofia (Bulgaria), Chalandria (Greece), Budapest (Hungary), Ferrara and Verona (Italy), Tilburg (Netherlands), Košice (Slovakia) and Almería (Spain) will receive more than 45 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund.
Projects include culture and cultural heritage, air quality, the circular economy and demographic change. Cohesion and Reform Commissioner Elisa Ferreira said: The EU is helping 11 cities today to turn ideas into life-changing solutions. These cities will introduce changes that are highly valued by citizens and improve the quality of life and become examples that may be applicable across the EU.
More details on successful project proposals can be found here. So far, 75 projects have been selected under the Innovative Measures for Cities from 2014 to 2020. Under this call, the Hauts-de-France region received 222 applications from 23 Member States.
Following the completion of all calls for proposals, the Commission and the Hauts-de-France region will focus their efforts on evaluating results as a source for cohesion policy for 2021-2027 through a knowledge management strategy in the field of innovative measures for cities.
In the future, funds for direct support to the city authorities for the innovation and design of the cities of tomorrow will be available as part of the European Urban Initiative for the period from 2021 to 2027.