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 the realisation of EU policies on the ground.
The work focuses on a number of subjects linked to the sustainable development of urban areas such as:
- environment and energy efficiency,
- urban transport,
- social aspects (social exclusion, migration, ageing of the population),
- services of general interest,
- local public finances, etc.
Over 70% of Europe’s population lives 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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