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EUROPEAN COMMISSION Interservice Group on Urban Development Guide The urban dimension in Community policies for the period 2007-2013 European Commission, B-1049 Brussels – Belgium - Phone: (32-2) 299 11 11. Email: Regio-Affaires-Urbaines@ec.europa.eu - http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/index_en.htm TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE COHESION POLICY ................................................... 6 1.1. Key components of the cohesion policy........................................
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  European Commission, B-1049 Brussels – Belgium - Phone: (32-2) 299 11 11.Email: Regio-Affaires-Urbaines@ec.europa.eu -http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/index_en.htm  EUROPEAN COMMISSION Interservice Group on Urban Development Guide The urban dimension inCommunity policiesfor the period 2007-2013    2 TABLE OF CONTENTS   1. INTRODUCTION TO THE COHESION POLICY...................................................61.1. Key components of the cohesion policy............................................................61.2. Urban dimension in the Community Strategic Guidelines (CSG)....................81.3. Communication on cohesion policy and cities..................................................91.4. Urban dimension in the national strategic reference frameworks(NSRFs) and operational programmes (OPs)..................................................101.5. Partnership with the cities...............................................................................102. EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND (ERDF)................................102.1. Objective..........................................................................................................10 2.2. Financial procedures........................................................................................11 2.3. Information sources.........................................................................................15 3. EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND (ESF)........................................................................153.1. Objective..........................................................................................................15 3.2. Financial procedures........................................................................................16 3.3. Exchange and best practices supported by the EC..........................................183.4. Information sources.........................................................................................18 4. COHESION FUND...................................................................................................19 4.1. Objective..........................................................................................................19 4.2. Financial procedures........................................................................................19 4.3. Information sources.........................................................................................20 5. TERRITORIAL COOPERATION OBJECTIVE.....................................................205.1. Objective..........................................................................................................20 5.2. Financial procedures........................................................................................21 5.2.1. Cross-border cooperation..................................................................21 5.2.2. Transnational cooperation.................................................................21 5.2.3. Interregional cooperation..................................................................22 5.3. Information sources.........................................................................................23   3 INTRODUCTION TO THE GUIDE This Guide has been drawn up on the initiative of the Interservice Group on UrbanDevelopment, in which the following Directorate-Generals (DGs) are represented:Regional Policy; Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities; Research; Energyand Transport; the Environment; the Information Society and Media; Enterprise andIndustry; Justice, Freedom and Security; Health and Consumer Protection; Education andCulture; Agriculture; Internal Market; Competition; EuropeAid and the Secretariat-General.The European Commission established the Interservice Group on Urban Development inDecember 2005. It is chaired by the Regional Policy DG.It pursues the following three objectives: ã   To promote an integrated approach to sustainable urban development whenprogramming and implementing the assistance of the Structural Funds; ã   To identify the initiatives under the various Community policies aiming to supportsustainable development of urban areas and to ensure the necessary cooperationbetween the Commission services in this respect; ã   To ensure partnership between the Commission, the European Parliament, theCommittee of the Regions, the associations of towns and urban areas and to establishregular dialogue allowing exchanges of views and the gathering of observations fromthese bodies on the consideration given to the urban dimension.The Guide was one of the main missions of the Interservice Group. Its aim is to increasethe visibility of the urban dimension of all Community policies for the period 2007-2013by identifying the initiatives under these various policies with direct and indirectimplications for the sustainable development of urban areas.These implications are multifarious, involving: ã   the impact of Community policies in urban areas; ã   the way in which cities can benefit from Community policies; ã   the way in which cities can play a role in the implementation of Community policies.The Guide takes over from Sustainable Urban Development in the European Union: AFramework for Action 1 adopted by the European Commission in 1998.This document presents the mechanisms for exchanges of experience on urban issuessupported directly by the European Commission. It should be noted that other networksand associations of actors involved in urban development exist and are preferentialpartners of the European Commission. 1 COM (98) 605.  4 This Guide is intended to assist the various stakeholders in urban development. To thisend, it contains a two-way table enabling the potential sources of finance to be identifiedby theme. The reference Internet sites are indicated to provide more information.The Guide deals with a very wide range of fields, but does not claim to be exhaustive,since the urban challenges cover numerous issues.It is necessary to supplement it, for each Member State, by information relating to thenational contact points for the various initiatives presented. Plan of the Guide The first part presents the cohesion policy for 2007-2013, through its three financialinstruments: the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European SocialFund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund.The second part describes the urban dimension of the other Community policies for thesame period through the policies conducted by the Directorate-Generals for Employment,Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities; the Environment; Research; Energy andTransport; the Information Society and Media; Education and Culture; Justice, Freedomand Security; Enterprise and Industry; Health and Consumer Protection; Agriculture;Competition; Internal Market and EuropeAid.The Guide endeavours to specify the context of each Community policy, its financialresources, 2 the exchange mechanisms and the information sources 3 available. 2 Where the budget amounts are indicated, they are expressed in current prices, unless otherwisementioned. 3 The hyperlinks contained in this document can be viewed in the on-line version of the Guide publishedat the following website:http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/index_en.htm 
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