Cities of all sizes can play a crucial role as creative, efficient and environmentally sound engines of smart, sustainable and inclusive territorial development. But there are threats and barriers to this in the form of demographic challenges, economic challenges, social disparities/polarisation and urban sprawl.
EU Member States and the European Commission are progressing urban policy at the European level. In 2014-2020, the urban agenda likely to be more prominent than in previous Structural Fund programmes. This process will require evidence about the urban reality, a task where several initiatives are taken, and where the joining of forces and cooperation can provide added value.
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