The Role of Cities in Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

Hamza, Christine and Frangenheim, Alexandra and Charles, David and Miller, Stephen (2014) The Role of Cities in Cohesion Policy 2014-2020. European Parliament, Brussels. (

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Urban regions are an important factor in regional development. During the 2007-2013 programming period, the main input provided by cities and urban areas was at project level. For the 2014-2020 programming period, Cohesion policy enhances the role of urban areas. Nevertheless, in practice the role of cities still seems similar in scale. As the programming phase is almost completed, there is now limited scope for further influence on the design of the new programmes. The next opportunity to involve cities will be as part of partnerships during the programming period.