The European Commission, together with the region Hauts-de-France, announced on 10 October, the winners of the 2nd call for projects under the Urban Innovative Actions initiative. The initiative aims to provide urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. Out of 206 applications, 16 cities were selected to test, within 3 years, their innovative solutions to the following challenges: circular economy [Antwerp (BE), Hiraklion (GR), Kerkrade (NL), Lappeenranta (FI), Ljubljana (SI), Maribor (SI), Sevran (FR), and Velez-Malaga (ES)]; integration of migrants and refugees [Athens (GR), Coventry (UK), and Fuenlabrada(ES)]; and urban mobility [Albertslund (DK), Ghent (BE), Lahti(FI), Szeged (HU), and Toulouse (FR)]. 'Two out of three Europeans today live in cities, towns and suburbs.
During the event which took place in the context of the European Week of Regions and Cities, Commission services also presented the topics of the 3rd call for proposals, which will be launched in December 2017. The topics include air quality, adaptation to climate change, housing, jobs, and skills in the local economy. The UIA Initiative has an overall budget of EUR 372 million from the European Regional Development Fund over 2014–2020. You can find more information at the Urban Innovative Actions website.