Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) initiative introduces: ‘EU cities acting for just transitions and climate adaptation’.

On April 27th and 28th 2022, European Union (EU) specialist Gijs van Essen attended a two-day event in Seville: ‘EU cities acting for just transitions and climate adaptation’. The event was organised by the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) initiative, a funding instrument for projects that deal with problems that come with the many complex urban challenges EU cities are currently facing. This article summarises the event and what to expect of future programmes for urban development.

The event: green and just transitions

The event revolved around the contributions of EU cities to green and just transitions, and around how cities are adapting to climate change. The speakers looked back on the projects that were realised thanks to the grants provided by the UIA and how these projects contributed to the goals of the UIA. One of these projects is the prestigious CartujaQanat project in Seville, which addressed a new way of developing urban spaces in a sustainable way. It also involved interesting panel discussions on how EU cities approach just and green transitions and how they will deal with these problems in the future.

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Future programmes: European Urban Initiative (EUI)

Details about the upcoming European Urban Initiative (EUI), successor of the programmes UIA and URBACT, were also presented during the event. It is expected that the first call will be launched in the first quarter of next year (2023) and that the call will focus on topics related to the New European Bauhaus. The New European Bauhaus calls on us to imagine and build a sustainable future that is:

  • Enriching, inspired by art and culture, responding to needs beyond functionality.
  • Sustainable, in harmony with nature, the environment, and our planet.
  • Inclusive, encouraging a dialogue across cultures, disciplines, genders and ages.

A budget of € 450 million will be available for the programme. Projects are ought to have a strong focus on:

  • scaling up;
  • capturing and disseminating knowledge;
  • capacity building; and
  • support for the EU cohesion policy.

More information on funding opportunities for urban development

Are you active in dealing with urban innovations and interested in applying for the future EUI call? Feel free to contact specialist Gijs van Essen directly at g.vanessen@hezelburcht.com for more information on this call. You can also contact us by filling out the form below or calling us at 088 495 20 00.

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