A few days ago the European Parliament voted the new Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 of the European Union. For Rurbance this is an important confirmation about the possibility of supporting the city sustainable growth through the rebalancing of the urban-rural relations.
The term "cohesion policy" means a policy framework for European solidarity, through which hundreds of thousands of projects receive financial help from the Structural Funds, namely the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund.
Cohesion policy aim is "to reduce disparities between the different regions and the backwardness of the least favored ones" in order to guarantee a better balanced and sustainable territorial development.
We are referring to € 325 billion of resources planned by the European Union which, with the additional contribution of the EU Member States and the lever action of financial instruments, all together move an amount of more than 500 billion Euros.
Among the priorities on which the funding will be concentrated, we highlight the low-carbon economy, which goal is to reduce by 2050 the CO2 emissions by 80% in comparison to 1990.
In this framework, the urban dimension of growth and sustainability will become a strategic component of the Community’s policies. Moreover, the aspect of the cooperation among European regions is enhanced to jointly strengthen the development process.
Now is Regions and EU Member States governments turn to talk.
The Rurbance network is working to come up with concrete measures and guidelines to share and further develop the meaningful urban-rural experiences underway in the 8 Territorial Systems involved in the project.