Nowadays around 24% of Europe’s population lives in 8,350 small, medium and peripheral cities. During the pandemic crisis, cities played a crucial function as centres of services and infrastructures innovations. New EU urban policies should support cities in maintaining and further developing their role in reinforcing resilience and social cohesion for a large segment of the population, especially having in mind the forthcoming post-COVID socio-economic recovery.
Following a recently released report which provides analysis of the use of ERDF funds allocated for the development of urban policies in 10 thematic areas, the Interreg Europe EURE project issues an Opinion Report addressed to European, National, Regional and Local authorities. This report is aiming to increase awareness of policy makers and governments to improve the participation of small, medium and peripheral cities in the definition and more effective implementation of European Urban Policy, for a polycentrism at the centre of Urban Policy and Cohesion Policy and from an urban life to a more humane life.