Within the framework of the existing cooperation arrangements between the EU
and China, a new H2020 project (URBAN-EU-CHINA) with a consortium of 12
European and Chinese partners will soon be launched.
The project will develop an evidence-based, bottom-up approach to complement the existing top-down strategic approach to cooperation in sustainable urbanisation. Its budget is €1.5 million over 36 months.
The partners will develop a coordinated series of actions that include a research and innovation agenda; networking events; benchmarking; monitoring; and peer learning activities. The underlying ambition is to address the disconnect between strategic visions and operational realities. The expected results of this support action include joint policy strategies, a nursery of joint projects, and city-industry-science partnerships. EUROCITIES will lead work on matching cities and organising event clusters. The kick-off meeting will take place on 19-21 March in the Chinese city of Putian, on the margins of the 2017 EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development. The partnership will then be officially launched at a ceremony in Brussels at the end of March.