(16 December 2016) – Today the European Commission is launching a second call for projects worth €50 million under the Urban Innovative Actions initiative. Cities can directly apply and get EU funding for innovative urban projects.
In Vienna, a one-stop-shop of public services was set up to accompany migrants in their integration path in the city. In Madrid, four hubs were established in neighbourhoods with high unemployment rates, to create jobs in the energy, mobility, recycling and food sectors while promoting the solidarity economy.
Those are two of the eighteen winning projects of the first Urban Innovative Actions call launched last year. Today the Commission is launching a second call to reward the most innovative projects put forward by the cities themselves.
The new call, with a budget of €50 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will reward the most innovative projects in three categories, in line with the priorities of the Urban Agenda for the EU: the integration of migrants, urban mobility and the circular economy. The call runs from today until mid-April 2017.