The Nord-Pas -de-Calais will drive European projects of urban innovation

May 28, 2015

Funding Scheme: 2015-05-28

Pgm2014 2020: Yes

Isfondstruct: Yes


In the context of regional policy, the European Commission encourages the development of pilot projects (“innovative measures”) in European cities. The Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of this device will be managing authority for the 2014-2020 programming.


This is a novelty in the landscape of regional policy. Of the 183 billion euros of ERDF available over seven years, the European Commission took care to reserve a small portion, € 371 million to finance each year twenty “innovative action” in urban areas.
The device will be announced at the Urban Forum in Brussels on 2 June this year and the launch of the first call for projects will take place in November 2015. Projects must offer innovative content, studies or pilot infrastructure. The criteria will be refined as and but does not prohibit the Commission will fund projects whose success is uncertain.

DG Regio decides, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais implements
With its experience in the management of Interreg programs (Europe, Europe Northeast and 2 Seas program), the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region was chosen by Brussels to ensure the implementation of this device. Thus, it will be responsible for organizing calls for projects, the management of applications and portfolio, signing agreements with beneficiaries and communication of the program.

Calls for projects directed by the urban agenda
Each year, calls for projects will be part of a predefined theme by the European Commission based on the urban agenda. Immigration, urban mobility, population aging or energy issues will be among the themes. Urban sets of more than 50,000 inhabitants may APPLY to get a maximum envelope of five million euros per share for a period of three years. The proposal made by the Commission to the cities is very interesting because the ERDF will finance up to 80 % projects.
The device being launched a year after the start of the 2014-2020 programming, this first call for projects in November exceptionally benefit a budget of almost 100 million, the result of the cumulative 2014 and 2015 budgets.

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