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Sustainable Urban Development - Art. 8

This study appraises the praxis related to sustainable integrated (participative) approach to urban development during the first half of Cohesion Policy 2007-2013. Urban development is assessed in reference to Art.8 (EC regulations 1080/2006), which supports the development of participative, integrated and sustainable strategies to tackle the high concentration of economic, environmental and social problems affecting distressed urban areas. The Study is based on a survey to institutional stakeholders and on the analysis of 13 Operational Programmes (OPs) selected among 8 old MS (France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK) and 6 new MS (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Romania); among them 7 regions are eligible under the Convergence Objective and 6 under the Competitiveness and Employment Objective. The examination of these case studies responds to the following questions:

_ How the concept of sustainable, integrated, participated, urban development, the object of Art. 8 of EC regulations 1080/2006, is defined and strategically addressed toward implementation by Managing Authorities and Cities;

How well national and regional regulatory frameworks and governance schemes respond to the ERDF procedures and JESSICA;

_ How and to what extent actions regarding sustainable integrated urban development present in the OPs are being implemented; and

_ What lessons can be drawn for the future cohesion policy with regard to the effectiveness of the mainstreaming of sustainable urban development.

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