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“May I scan you?” “Please do!”

By Blandine Pidoux on 13 October 2017

These are certainly the two sentences you most frequently said or heard if, like myself, you were lucky enough to attend the URBACT City Festival last week in Tallinn :)

What is this?

Behind this ingenious QR-code app used to exchange contact details, in fact hides the preparations for 25 good practice transfer networks between cities. No less!

Explanations

URBACT is a European territorial cooperation programme with co-funding from the EU of nearly 75 million euros through the ERDF. All towns and cities of the 28 Member States, plus Norway and Switzerland can join this exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable, integrated urban development.

In December 2016, URBACT launched a call for city good practices, with no predefined themes but with 3 key concepts aimed at ensuring their success: the participative approach, the integrated approach and transferability. 97 of the 300 applications received were shortlisted by a network of experts and labelled “URBACT City good practices”, including twenty or so from Energy Cities members. Congratulations to them!

Here is an ultra-condensed version of them:

Click on the photograph to explore in details the 97 URBACT good practices

But let’s go back to Estonia!

On 4th-5th October last, 450 city practitioners from all over Europe came to Tallinn to share or discover these good practices, presented in a beautiful poster gallery and at theme workshops aimed at discussing them in more detail and telling their story. As well as encouraging face-to-face meetings...

Because the Tallinn Festival was also an opportunity to officially launch a call for projects for the creation of good practice transfer networks. As of April 2018 and for 30 months, 25 trans-European networks of 5 to 8 cities will be set up to replicate the good practice of their choice in their local territory.

Good news! You can join an URBACT transfer network even if you did not respond to the call for good practices or even missed the City Festival in Tallinn! Applications are open until 10th January 2018 and you are invited to particiapte in National infodays organised by National URBACT Points from September to November 2017. Exact dates and practical information are provided here.

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