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PRIORITY 1 : -  
An attractive and coherent system 
                    Towns and 

ERDF Funding allocated

78.508 million

This Priority favours a more balanced and polycentric territorial development while reinforcing urban-rural synergies.  Due attention will be paid to the promotion of the world-wide influence of NWE metropolitan areas, combined with a more geographically-balanced distribution of high-level services.

Complementarities between major urban areas and medium-sized towns, co-operative networks and cross-border clusters will also be promoted. Furthermore, co-operation in areas such as urban regeneration, the fight against social exclusion and containment of urban sprawl will aim at increasing the attractiveness of NWE urban areas for investment and the quality of life of citizens.

Examples of Approved Projects :

- The  REURBA II  Project  ( REstructuring URBanized Areas)  

Nine partners from three Member States are building upon their findings from an INTERREG IIC NWMA project, including its 'lifestyle approach', to tackle the issues of urban embellishment, revitalisation and renewal as well as the problems of urban sprawl and its threat to rural areas.


- The  SAUL Project  ( Sustainable and Accessible Urban Spaces)

SAUL (Sustainable and Accessible Urban Spaces) seeks to take forward a IIC project (New Methods in Socially Compatible Development of Urban Landscapes) to the development phase, to tackle the question of the role of 'socially-inclusive' spaces in metropolitan regions, as well as the themes of regional identity and learning in planning cultures and partnerships.


Other Examples of possible projects :

  • A group of regions may establish and finance a permanent pool of transnational field-experts to advise on a particular regional development issue (e.g. SME incubators).

  • A transnational network of medium-sized towns could develop and implement a joint territorial strategy to attract some functions currently located in, but not essential to the attractiveness of, major cities .

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