The main objectives are to:
- monitor the legislative and non-legislative work of EP’s committees on urban related issues,
- work on common EU strategies – to put urban needs on the agenda of EU policies,
- be actively involved in the preparation of EU legislation,
- constantly stay in contact with partners and practitioners and
- inform about realisation of EU policies on the ground.
The work focuses on a number of subjects linked to sustainable development of urban areas such as:
- entivonment and energy efficiency,
- urban transport,
- social aspects (social exlusion, migration, ageing of the population),
- services of general interest,
- local public finances, etc.
Over 70% of Europe’s population live in urban areas. Towns and cities are increasingly seen as the engines driving national and regional economies; however, at the same time many problems of social or environmental nature lay in urban areas.
According to the subsidiarity principle, urban policy is not an EU competence. Nevertheless, about three quarters of the EU legislation is implemented at local and regional levels and has a direct impact on Europe’s towns and cities.
Why UIPI is part of the URBAN Intergroup
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