Programme

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UIA Achievements. What has been achieved so far?
3 February 2021 10:00 – 12:30 CET

This session aims at presenting UIA state of play and discuss what the Initiative has to offer to urban practitioners and in particular Cohesion Policy stakeholders.

More precisely, you will discover more about UIA projects and their inspiring experiences testing innovative solutions to complex urban challenges. During the first part of the webinar, you will have the opportunity to join one out of four panels of cities to discuss how UIA projects are contributing to reaching the four cohesion policy objectives for 2021-2027: Smarter, Greener, More Connected and More Social Europe.

  • A more Social Europe. UIA projects that test solutions contributing to the 'European Pillar of Social Rights' will be gathered here. More specifically, these projects address the challenges related to urban poverty and inclusion of migrants and refugees by improving access to inclusive, quality and adequate urban services for all.
  • A Greener Europe. This panel will bring UIA projects addressing environmental challenges, implementing solutions for greener and low-carbon cities.
  • A Smarter Europe. This panel will gather UIA projects that implement innovative solutions to enhance research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies by the local economic fabric, developing skills for major transitions ahead.
  • A more Connected Europe. In this panel, you will hear from UIA projects addressing urban mobility and digital transition challenges as they implement innovative solutions that contribute to Europe’s connectivity.

In the second part of the webinar, you will discover all the initiatives that UIA is developing, in the framework of the UIA Knowledge Management Strategy, to share with a wider audience of urban stakeholders the thematic knowledge that ongoing projects are generating.

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UIA & Cohesion Policy. Bridging UIA & Cohesion Policy; how to optimize UIA added value?
10 February 2021 10:00 – 12:30 CET

This webinar will discuss UIA operational knowledge and projects potential to inspire and possibly being scaled-up and replicated via sustainable urban development strategies and Cohesion Policy programmes.

More specifically, we will first explore how UIA projects practically apply principles that are core to sustainable urban development and policy objective 5 “Europe closer to citizens”, bringing UIA projects forward to share their experience on integrated, place based, multi-stakeholder and participatory approaches.

During the second part, you will hear about concrete stories from Cohesion Policy practitioners on spreading knowledge and integrating UIA practices to the mainstream operational programming, and explore ways forward on how to improve the added value of UIA for programmes in 2021-2027.

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Future UIA. What comes next as a new model for innovative actions under the European Urban Initiative 2021/27?
17 February 2021 10:00 – 12:30 CET

While the design of the European Urban Initiative (EUI) is entering into a more decisive phase, the objective of this session is to look at UIA perspectives based on the findings and recommendations from UIA’s midterm assessment study. More precisely, we will look at pointers for the future (UIA 2.0), discuss enabling factors for cities to innovate, awareness raising, capacity building and urban policy learning and communication as key objectives of the EUI, to support all urban areas across Europe.