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European Urban Development

From the Green Deal to the Leipzig Charter to the Urban Agenda - an overview of the most important documents and alliances for integrated urban development at the European level.

Leipzig Charter

The "Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities" is the central document for integrated urban development in Europe and the basis for the National Urban Development Policy. It was adopted in Leipzig in 2007 by the ministers responsible for urban development in the EU member states. After further repositioning in 2012 with the memorandum "Urban Energies / Urban Challenges” and the establishment of a 2017 roadmap for the further development of the National Urban Development Policy, the main document was updated to meet the new challenges for cities in Europe. "The New Leipzig Charter - The Transformative Power of Cities for the Common Good" will be adopted on 30 November 2020 at the Informal Ministerial Meeting as part of the German EU Council Presidency in Leipzig.
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Urban Agenda for the EU

The Urban Agenda for the EU has been helping to implement the principles of the Leipzig Charter in Europe since 2016. It was adopted in the “Pact of Amsterdam” in 2016 and improves the cooperation between member states as well as the cooperation between the European Commission, the member states, regions and cities on urban development policy in Europe. The Urban Agenda also introduced new thematic partnerships: representatives of the EU Commission, member states, regions, cities and associations work together and on an equal basis on specific topics such as housing or climate adaptation. Each of the 14 thematic partnerships draws up an action plan with concrete solutions in the areas of "better regulation", "better funding" and "better knowledge exchange".

Additional information:
Working Programme of the Urban Agenda for the EU
Pact of Amsterdam
Riga declaration
Toledo declaration


The URBACT program has been promoting integrated and sustainable urban development in the EU member states, Norway and Switzerland since 2002. In the URBACT networks on various urban development challenges, cities share their experiences, learn from each other and develop integrated solutions to their local challenges in order to improve their urban development policy. The findings are processed and made available in publications focusing on practical implementation. URBACT is an instrument of cohesion policy and is co-financed by the European Commission and the member and partner countries.
More on URBACT
URBACT in Germany and Austria (in German)
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Sign up for the URBACT newsletter - EU-wide

European Green Deal

At the end of 2019, the European Commission presented the "European Green Deal". It is an integral part of the strategy to implement the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The European Green Deal is a new growth strategy to make the EU a fair and prosperous society with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. By 2050, the EU shall become climate neutral and economic growth shall be decoupled from the use of resources. It also aims to preserve and improve the EU's natural capital and to protect human health and well-being from environmental risks and impacts.

More on the European Green Deal