CSI Europe is an URBACT II thematic network focusing on the participation of cities in the Urban Development Fund , i.e.JESSICA, studying how their structures can help planning the future of the city and its governance. Three Atlantic cities are in the project: Manchester (leader), Sevilla and Porto , along with six other European cities. All members , however , have been frustrated by problems such as unclear regulation, the issue of state aid or little private sector participation.
In late January 2014 the project partners met with the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. For two days, EIB heads , Jessica Funds national antennas, representatives of urban development in the European Commission, authorities managing Structural Funds of national governments and representatives of European cities have gathered in Luxembourg to prepare for future structure of European financial instruments .
At this meeting, local authorities have been able to detail the operation of these sources in their cities , communicating both to the European Commission and the EIB which improvement opportunities can be implemented in future programming, to make this feature more accessible to cities . The European Investment Bank has shown great interest attached to this project, facilitating a participatory session in which dialogue has been at all times the best tool.