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European Mobility Week, Best practice guide V (with good practice from Sofia)

European capitals of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033, Briefing note


European Capitals of Culture: the road to success

Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 - "Integrated Sustainable Urban Development"

Cities of Tomorrow- challenges, visions, ways forward

Good practices for determining the charge "Waste" in capitals of EU Member States applying the principle the 'polluter pays'
(Available only in Bulgarian)


The Importance of Culture for the Development of Europe's Regions and Cities

Manual:  Sofia- city of diversity

2011 Euro plus Monitor

Europe 2020 - The vision of Sofia




Working for the regions- EU Regional Policy 2007- 2013

It explains how EU regional policy works and how it supports, for example, transport, innovation, environmental and urban development in Europe’s regions and cities. Cooperation between regions, evaluation of programmes, as well as audit, control and publicity requirements are other aspects covered. Figures explain how much will be spent by EU Structural Funds and on what priorities in the 27 Member States’

"Cohesion Policy: ten frequently asked questions" (November 2008)

What is Cohesion policy?, What counts as an EU Region?, How are founds distributed between countries and regions?, How are projects selected for financing from the Structural Funds?, Who is eligible for financing from the Structural Funds?, What forms of expenditure are the Structural Funds supposed to assist?, How does Cohesion Policy help the EU meet his growth and jobs targets?, What safeguards are there to prevent fraud?, What results does Cohesion Policy produce?

European Regional Policy – The basic essentials

Shortly presents history, objectives, Funds and instruments, also includes a map of eligible areas 2007-2013 (January 2007, 4 pages).

6th Progress Report on Economic and Social cohesion

Creative and innovative Regions is the theme of the 6th Progress Report on Economic and Social Cohesion adopted by the Commission on the 25th June 2009. This report analyses how creativity and innovation boosts regional development

EU Strategy for the Danube Region

The European Council has formally asked the European Commission to prepare an EU Strategy for the Danube Region stating in its conclusion of 19 June 2009: “Sustainable development should also be pursued through an integrated approach to the specific challenges facing particular regions (…). It (…) invites the Commission to present an EU strategy for the Danube region before the end of 2010”.

Survey on perception of quality of life in 75 European cities

The Commission releases in May 2010 the result of an opinion poll looking at how citizens perceive the quality of life in 75 major European cities. In these challenging economic times, availability of jobs and housing costs remain dominant concerns. Although responses reveal wide disparities overall, transport, health and education services generally score well. The wealth of information provided by the survey is not only useful for city planners and decision- makers, but also for citizens who would like to know which cities are seen as good places to live.

The Urban Dimension in Community Policies for the period 2007- 2013 (April 2010)

The guide identifies the initiatives that, under various Community policies, have direct and indirect implications for the sustainable development of urban areas. Around a hundred specific documents are referenced.

Promoting sustainable urban development in Europe, achievements and opportunities

Promoting sustainable urban development is a key element of European Cohesion Policy seeking to exploit Europe’s full economic potential. The brochure takes stock of what has been achieved so far. By reflecting on the key principles of integrated urban development, by giving examples from across the European Union and by sketching a few paths forward, the brochure provides both guidance for the less experienced and inspiration for the well experienced.

Fostering the Urban dimension. Analysis of the 2007-2013 Operational Programmes co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (November 2008)

Cities and metropolitan areas are the engines of Europe's economic development. They are also at the frontline in the battle to break down barriers to growth and employment – in particular social exclusion and environmental degradation. This working document analyses the programmes co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund in terms of integration of urban development priorities, and spells out the important support that cohesion policy plays in the sustainable development of Europe's towns and cities.

Cohesion policy and cities: the urban contribution to growth and jobs in the regions

This Communication adopted by the European Commission is designed to help national, regional and city authorities in the preparation of the new round of Cohesion Policy programmes. Its main purpose is to amplify and complete the Community Strategic Guidelines by elaborating and strengthening the urban dimension (July 2006, 16 pages).

Outermost regions, an asset for Europe

In October 2008, an new Commission policy paper, “The uttermost regions- an asset for Europe’ set two objectives: address new difficulties facing the outermost regions & exploit the regions’ assets to boost economic development.

Inforegio Panorama magazine

Four times a year, the magazine discusses the highlights of regional policy news and offers a report on a key issue with articles, testimonials, maps, examples of best practices & project presentations.

Regions for Economic Change Spring Conference, RegioStars Awards 2010, Presentation of the 24 finalists

The aim of these awards is to highlight innovative projects Within 271 EU Regions which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions. The categories for the RegioStars 2010 are: CityStars category- Innovative use of brownfield sites in an urban context, The integration of migrants or marginalized groups in urnab areas, ICT applications for e- inclusion, ICT applications by or rural areas, Information and Communication

Regions for economic change initiative Sharing Excellence

The aim of “Regions For Economic Change” is to address core issues facing Europe by building a stronger link between the exchange of good practices in EU networking programmes (Interreg IV C & Urbact II ) and the main body of EU cohesion funding in national and regional operational programmes.

The Regional Focus
is a series of relatively short papers on a specific theme prepared by the Directorate General for Regional Policy.

REGIONS 2020, An assessment of Future Challenges for EU Regions

Regions 2020' provides a first prospective analysis of the likely regional impact of four of the biggest challenges facing Europe: globalisation, demographic change, climate change, and the energy supply. Using a series of indicators, the report maps out the degree of vulnerability of European regions to these challenges, and examines the potential disparities that these may generate across the EU
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