CoR adopts draft opinion on steps for implementing EU Urban Agenda
On 2 March 2016, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) adopted a draft opinion on "concrete steps for implementing the EU Urban Agenda". The EU Urban Agenda (EUA) aims at stimulating growth, liveability, innovation and participation in European cities. This involves improving EU regulation, increasing access to European funds and strengthening horizontal cooperation. The Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU has intensified the pressure to agree on the EUA implementation process by the end of June. A first set of actions and commitments to be taken by national governments has been identified within the "Pact of Amsterdam", to be endorsed by EU ministers for urban development on 30 May 2016. The Pact also launches four pilot partnerships, focusing on the inclusion of migrants, air quality, housing, and urban poverty.
The CoR's draft opinion aims at speeding up this process by identifying the next concrete steps to implement the EUA and coordinate all cities-related initiatives. According to the CoR, the EUA also needs to be integrated with the Commission's Better Regulation Initiative.