The joint JASPERS-Committee of the Regions local event will be held in Gdansk on 05.07.2017 and be based on proactive contribution from four cities/regions in Poland – the Pomorskie Voivodeship (Marshall’s office), the city of Lębork, the city of Słupsk and the city of Łódź.
The EU Urban Agenda draws attention to cities and focuses on improving regulation, funding and knowledge. EU Cohesion Policy and its ESIF instruments can support smarter and more resilient urban development. As an instrument of Cohesion Policy, JASPERS provides advisory support to ESIF Managing Authorities and beneficiaries such as cities. The aim is to channel ESIF resources to fund cities’ comprehensive development plans and use urban areas to their maximum advantage, which includes tackling challenges related to air quality, integration of migrants, segregation, urban blight etc.
The local workshop will provide a platform for cities to present their strategies, plans and projects and highlight their experience. In addition, JASPERS will present its advisory support to cities. Participating cities can expect to have an active role in moderated sessions and smaller break-out sessions. In particular, the interface between cities’ (technical) needs and JASPERS technical assistance will be explored to see how cities can benefit from JASPERS advisory support. The following section will highlight some past and/or on-going JASPERS technical assistance support to cities.