On February 17th and 18th, CAAC attended the Cities of Tomorrow Forum, represented by its presidency (A Corunna), by member Santander and by CAAC coordinator, Tamara Guirao. The aim of this event was to launch the discussions on an “Urban Agenda” for Europe. As ANATOLE is a project that relies mainly on cities’ activities, the goal was to identify programmes and funding lines for future capitalisation:
New Urban Development Network: The Forum for Urban Development
The Forum for Urban Development (art 9 ERDF) is a new tool for the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 . Managed by the Commission, it will direct dialogue with cities. Unlike URBACT, it will be entirely dedicated to integrated urban sustainable development.
The platform, called New Urban Development Network ( UDN) will aim to fund and support projects that integrate economic , social, environmental, climatic and demographic dimensions, dimensions that are reflected in the aims, activities and results of the ANATOLE project.
Integrated sustainable urban development
5% of the ERDF ( art. 7) shall be used for sustainable urban development. Even if selection will depend upon the final composition of Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes, ANATOLE complies with the main principles of this axis.
Innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development
Created by new ERDF regulations, these actions will be launched by the European Commission , which will select through calls for proposals for studies and pilot projects to identify or test new solutions. As for ANATOLE, economy of proximity and short delivery chains are already labelled as “social innovation” activities. Therefore, this represents a clear opportunity to capitalise the project.
URBACT encourages participating cities to develop action plans supported by local action groups involving all relevant partners. In line with the Europe 2020 strategy , eligible projects must involve one of the five priorities:
1. Strengthening research
2 . Supporting the shift towards a low- carbon ,
3 . Promoting a sustainable use of resources,
4. The social inclusion and the fight against poverty
Any of them may be suitable for ANATOLE. Priority 1 was mentioned in the Lisbon meeting, priority 2 and 3 rely on the short delivery chain as an alternative, and priorities 3-4 were the main objectives of the discussions in A Corunna in October 2013.