Article 8 of the proposal for a regulation on the ERDF proposes the establishment of an urban development platform to promote a policy-oriented dialogue on urban development at the EU level. The European Parliament’s Committee on Regional Development (REGI) will debate the Commission’s proposal for a regulation in the coming weeks and months. With a view to obtaining a genuine analysis of the Commission proposal we would like to clarify the following:
How will cities of all sizes in the EU and not only the metropolises benefit from the work carried out by the urban development platform? What will be the platform’s added value for cities given that the space for dialogue on urban policies exists and many European local government associations already provide a platform for debate and networking among local governments?
What criteria will be put forward and how will the Commission ensure that transparency of decision-making, fair treatment and equal opportunities are provided when the selection of the 300 cities is made?
Obviously some cities will feel excluded if not selected to be part of the platform. Is the Commission willing to accept further changes to allow cities that demonstrate considerable progress to become part of the platform and exclude the ones that do not perform well enough?