Other Urban Programmes

EU COSME programme - EU Digital challenge

EU Digital Challenge is a new action to transform European cities with advanced technologies. 15 cities will be selected for programme where they will be provided with: 
  • free-of-charge high quality policy advice
  • coaching and facilitation 
  • high-level experts with local and international experience.
  • Tailored support in your local language, 
  • A process designed to help cities to develop and implement strategic plans addressing economic growth and social welfare.
  • Deadline: November 24th

EU Digital challenge

The challenge will give city leaders and key stakeholders access to high-level experts with local and international experience in designing and implementing digital transformation strategies, free of charge and in their local language for 14-18 months to achieve their goals for improving their city. 
Whether equipping local talent with the digital skills needed to prosper in a changing workplace, developing a collaborative economy to springboard social cohesion and innovation, or implementing a smart parking policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic, all proposals are welcome.
The challenge is aimed at local public organisations that are either responsible for or involved in the funding and/or implementation of a policy or programme of a city related to digital transformation and industrial modernisation
Participants will receive a set of hands-on, tailor-made advisory services throughout the course of the 14-18 month programme, including:
  • Tailored advice and support from high-level experts who will be familiar with your city, its current challenges and future ambitions
  • Access to tools allowing you to develop a clear understanding of what stage of digital maturity your city can currently claim and where you should be aiming to be
  • Access to unique and innovative training and capacity building sessions for key staff and representatives of your city
  • Dialogue with other cities in Europe who have embarked or are in the process of embarking on the same challenge, in order to exchange ideas, experiences and best practices
  • Access to European networks and platforms
At the end of the challenge, your city will have:
  • Developed a strategy and action plan to move towards digital transformation. This will include tangible, achievable and measurable steps to be taken in the short, medium and long term
  • Built a community of local stakeholders willing to engage in the digital transformation process
  • Gained exposure at a European level and established itself as a beacon for the transformative power of digitalisation
  • Built a network of European peers and partners able to offer mutual support and advice in the future


Interreg Europe

Interreg Europe helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. By creating an environment and opportunities for sharing solutions, we aim to ensure that government investment, innovation and implementation efforts all lead to integrated and sustainable impact for people and place.

By building on its forerunner, INTERREG IVC (2007-2013), Interreg Europe aims to get maximum return from the EUR 359 million financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for 2014-2020.

Solutions exist that can help our regions become the best that they can be. Today, the EU’s emphasis is very much on paving the way for regions to realise their full potential – by helping them to capitalise on their innate strengths while tapping into opportunities that offer possibilities for economic, social and environmental progress. To achieve this goal, Interreg Europe offers opportunities for regional and local public authorities across Europe to share ideas and experience on public policy in practice, therefore improving strategies for their citizens and communities.

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is an Initiative of the European Commission that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. Based on article 8 of ERDF, the Initiative has a total ERDF budget of EUR 372 million for 2014-2020.

Although research on urban issues is well developed, potential solutions are not always put into practice because urban authorities are reluctant to use their money to test new, unproven and hence risky ideas.
Urban Innovative Actions offers urban authorities with the possibility to take a risk and experiment the most innovative and creative solutions. The main objective of UIA is to provide urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test innovative solutions to the main urban challenges, and see how these work in practice and respond to the complexity of real life.