Fostering public capacity to plan, finance and manage integrated urban REGeneration for sustainable energy uptake

Training for public officers involved in urban regeneration

Integrated urban regeneration

Multilevel coordination

 

FosterREG aims at enhancing public capacity at local, regional and national levels to plan, finance and manage integrated urban regeneration for sustainable energy uptake, through capacity building, promotion and articulation of effective multilevel coordination, and national as well as European network strengthening. These objectives will be achieved through public stakeholders’ engagement in joint analysis and knowledge development activities, as well as creation and dissemination of targeted training materials and activities across Europe. Read more...                    

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In the collaborative analysis phase the FosterREG partners of the three national clusters (Croatia, Spain and the Netherlands) have analyzed the barriers associated with the planning, financing and management of integrated urban regeneration projects for sustainable energy uptake. And developed, together with national, regional and local stakeholders, solutions and strategies for overcoming them. The main issues coming from the collaborative analysis in Croatia, Spain and Netherlands refer back to the central objective. During a final European wide workshop held in Brussels (June 2016) these findings were further discussed with workshop participants coming from the three national cluster collaborative analyses, representatives from the European Commission (DG ENER, DG REGIO) and EU networks. In the FosterREG Collaborative Analysis and Best Practices Report (D3.5) the findings are described in detail and in the FosterREG Collaborative Analysis Discussion Paper an extended summary is provided. Here the overall recommendations are given.

Networking - a key factor

Over the past few years the need of merging efforts and strengthening cooperation between the different actors involved in the urban planning decision making and implementation processes has been a key factor to create added value for European actions. In this sense, the Regulation (EU) No 1301/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 aims to foster “networking, cooperation and exchange of experience between competent regional, local, urban and other public authorities, economic and social partners and relevant bodies representing civil society” (art 3, No 1303/2013)

Through FosterREG investigation, a map of stakeholders has been drawn up (see D2.2) and by means of this analysis contacts with the relevant public stakeholders have been carried out in the Colaborative Analysis Actions (CAA). With these two main actions the baseline for a better understanding of the networking target groups has been defined. The partial results are shown in the figures below, where the distribution of the main identified stakeholders by each partner country has been presented. Firstly, stakeholders are characterized according to their area of influence, and secondly, according to their role in the building process.

We are pleased to announce that 4th FosterREG General Assembly hosted by ASM Market Research and Analysis Centre took place in Łódź, city located at the heart of Poland, the former textile industry empire that nowadays constitutes a good example of building revitalization processes. According to the city’s common strategy known as Lodz creates, a good atmosphere for creativity spread to the project team.

From 9th to 10th November 2016 FosterREG partners summarized project progress and discussed the results that have been achieved so far. It was agreed that if the pace of work and effectiveness are maintained, FosterREG is on the best path to success.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649846