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To fight physical decay and social exclusion, the Moravian capital of Brno is successfully using existing EU funding possibilities to regenerate a residential area in the city centre. A special neighbourhood-based Integrated Urban Development Plan (IUDP) has been set up within the country’s national Integrated Operational Programme (2007-2013) to co-finance this exemplary housing intervention. Its activities cover not only the physical regeneration of public and private apartment buildings and their urban environment, but also projects to rehabilitate and expand existing social housing. Roma communities living in the area are the primary target group of additional ‘soft’ projects envisaging their better inclusion into society. The first completed projects are visible signs of hope in the area which is locally known as Brno’s ‘Bronx’.

Executive summary

The rehabilitation of social housing is a major urban challenge in most Central-European countries, caused by decades of chronic underinvestment. To fight physical decay and social exclusion, the Czech city of Brno is successfully using existing EU funding possibilities to regenerate a centrally located residential area. The intervention zone of around 19.5 ha and some 4 300 inhabitants shows signs of severe physical and social deprivation, and has an estimated unemployment rate of around 80%.

A special neighbourhood-based Integrated Urban Development Plan (IUDP) has been set up within the country’s national Integrated Operational Programme (2007-2013, CCI 2007.CZ.16.U.PO.002) to cofinance this exemplary housing intervention. Instead of focussing on one single estate or housing block, Brno’s IUDP covers an entire residential area dating from the 19th century. Activities cover not only the physical regeneration of public and private apartment buildings and their urban environment, but also projects to rehabilitate and expand social housing. Roma communities living in the area are a primary target group of additional ‘soft’ projects envisaging their better inclusion into society. With a total budget of €11.6 million and ERDF support of as much as €5.26 million for the period 2008 to 2015, the city of Brno intends to change the face of a neighbourhood which is locally known as Brno’s ‘Bronx’.

Completed in 2012, the first renovated buildings are visible signs of hope for the area. A new park, to be created in the same year, will provide the area’s residents which some much-needed green space. Complementary ERDF projects, such as an ‘integrated service centre’, will additionally strengthen social cohesion and employment possibilities in the area. Overall, the IUDP for Brno represents an important impetus for the city’s ambitions to increase its social cohesion.

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Technical information

Name

Integrated urban development in Brno's 'Bronx'

Member State and Region

Czech Republic - South Moravian Region

Duration of project

96 months (01.2008 – 01.2015)

Funding

Total budget: 11 607 000 € - ERDF contribution: 5 258 220 €

Cohesion Policy Objective

Convergence

Managing Authority

Ministry for Regional Development - CZ-110 15 Praha 1

Tel.: +420 224 861 365

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CCI nr of OP

2007CZ16UPO002

Contact

Mr Ivan Hlousek, Head of Unit, Brno City Council, European Funds Implementation Department, Project Implementation Unit

Tel.: +420 542 174 145

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Web

http://www.iprm.brno.cz/index.php?nav01=11885 (in Czech)

Keywords

Urban renewal, disadvantaged neighbourhoods, Social inclusion, Equal opportunities

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