Vienna focuses on social housing in EU Urban Partnership
2016 marks the start of twelve EU Urban Partnerships within the framework of the EU Urban Agenda. The partnerships focus on a number of Priority Themes for which cities have core competencies, providing a platform for the critical analysis of urban issues in a joint process with EU institutions, Member States, city networks and organisations as well as other major stakeholders. The joint analysis is to produce suggestions for improvement in the fields of legislation, financing, know-how and knowledge exchange. It is implemented under the aegis of the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy.
Priority Themes for the first four partnerships
The European Parliament is represented in the Steering Committee coordinating the individual Urban Partnerships. In every partnership, 15 members will work together intensively for three years in order to prepare legislative and financial changes. The first four partnerships will be dedicated to the following Priority Themes:
- Air Quality
- Urban Poverty
- Migrants and Refugees
By May 2016, the four partnerships will submit action plans for their work, which are to be presented to the Informal Council of EU Ministers Responsible for Urban Planning in Amsterdam on 30 May.
Vienna in the EU Urban Partnership on Housing
Vienna is part of the EU Urban Partnership on Housing, which is coordinated by Slovakia. The Partnership includes representatives of the EU Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European city network EUROCITIES, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and the International Union of Tenants (IUT).
The blueprint for this partnership was drawn up at the workshop "Future challenges of social housing in Europe" held at the Vienna House Brussels in 2015.
Eva Gsteu-Kirschbaum (European Affairs)