Several delegates of cities, the DATAR, the European Parliament and the permanent representation of the France to the EU participated in the seminar on the urban dimension in EU cohesion policy. Organized by the member associations of the European house of French local authorities, the Association of the urban communities of France and the Association of the communities of France, this meeting had three objectives:
Making a first assessment on the use of the structural funds linked to the urban dimension in France for the period 2007-2013;
Clarifying the ongoing negotiations on the European regulatory framework for the future cohesion policy;
Pointing out lines of concrete actions to strengthen urban dimension in the future EU cohesion policy;
The participants highlighted the growing importance and relevance of the urban and territorial approach within the cohesion policy, including the multiplication of the Integrated Urban Projects; building on a strong local coordination between the stakeholders and an integrated territorial approach, related with sectoral policies. Jean-Sébastien Lamontagne (political adviser at the permanent representation of the France to the EU) and Karima Delli (MEP) presented the ongoing negotiations on the proposals of the EC. They specifically focused on the creation of an urban platform funded by the ERDF, on the instruments that promote delegated management – Integrated Territorial Instrument (ITI) and local development led by local actors-, and on the establishment of a code of conduct on the multi-level governance. Finally, Fabien Ferraza, responsible of the Mission Metropole for the DATAR and Valerie Lapenne, head of mission Europe and international of the Inter-Ministry Secretariat Committee for the cities, clarified issues and expectations about how local authorities should participate at the territorial diagnostic preparation which will last until december 2012, in order to set up the partnership agreements.