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The first call under the European Urban Initiative (EUI), the new EU initiative in support of sustainable urban development, has been launched and it is open until 19 January 2023. The initiative funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has a budget of 450 million euros for the period 2021-2027 and it is based on the experience of the Urban Innovative Actions of the previous 2014-2020 programming.
The call addresses urban authorities and allocates 50 million euros to support projects for Innovative Actions able to translate the values of the New European Bauhaus into reality. The call will fund projects whose aim is to implement concrete interventions integrating the three fundamental values of sustainability, inclusiveness and aesthetics of the New European Bauhaus. Specifically , cities are invited to consider four themes with the greatest potential to generate innovative solutions, create examples to stimulate the use of cohesion policy in urban areas and/or mobilise funds for their dissemination, which are the following:
- Circularity and carbon-neutral construction and renovation
- Conservation and transformation of cultural heritage
- Adaptation and transformation of buildings to create affordable housing solutions
- Regeneration of urban spaces
Who can participate in the call?
Eligible applicants are urban authorities of EU local administrative units, or associations of urban authorities with legal status as organised or non-organised agglomerations, classified as cities, towns or suburbs (codes 1 or 2 of the DEGURBA classification) and having at least 50,000 inhabitants.
Each project must have a duration not exceeding 3.5 years and may be co-financed by the ERDF at 80% of the total eligible costs up to a maximum of EUR 5 million.
The deadline for submitting the proposal is 19/01/2023
All the official documentation is available here
Written by: Margherita Genua