Implementing the EU Urban Agenda: JASPERS assistance to build sustainable cities and communities - Vienna dialogue
The first local Joint CoR-JASPERS workshop on the implementation of the EU Urban agenda was held in Vienna on 9 May.
The JASPERS Networking Platform was created to complement JASPERS project advisory operations by implementing knowledge sharing and capacity building activities, as well as fostering dissemination of good practices and exchange of experiences among all EU member states, pre-accession countries and other JASPERS Stakeholders.
The JASPERS Networking Platform is open to relevant authorities from all EU Member States (EU 28), as well as pre-accession Countries.
JASPERS held a workshop, organised jointly with the Committee of the Regions, in Vienna, on Tuesday 9th May (Europe Day) on the implementation of the EU's Urban Agenda. It was the first of a series of similar workshops, with others planned in Athens, Sofia and Gdansk.
The event, opened by EIB Vice-President Hudák, focused on topics related to core actions of the EU Urban Agenda from a municipal perspective and provided an overview of the budget available under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for urban development tasks.
It outlined the way JASPERS can provide support to the preparation of smart city projects or ESIF programmes, irrespective of their scale or financial volume including, for example, urban regeneration, social housing, sustainable urban mobility, waste management and energy efficiency. There were expressions of interest from cities in four countries – Plzeň (Czech Republic), Prešov (Slovakia), Novo Mesto (Slovenia) and Budapest (Hungary).
The workshop was attended by about 60 participants, mostly from urban and national and EU level.
The event included two interactive group sessions on
cross-sectoral topics (multi-stakeholder engagement, integrated and sustainable planning and development) and on
sector-specific topics (smart development, energy efficiency, smart urban transport).
During those group sessions a number of issues were raised in which strategy and project development could be supported by JASPERS so that municipalities are in a position to prepare ESIF funded quality projects.
The working groups discussed and illustrated achievements, issues and challenges in several urban development pillars and the potential need for JASPERS support.
For more information on these workshops and in general on the activities of the JASPERS Networking Platform, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The agenda and presentations delivered at the seminar are available for downloading below.