Government to strengthen urban areas through City Deals

The government is keen to enter into City Deals with cities and other stakeholders, as part of the Dutch Urban Agenda. The deals entail agreements between public and/or private parties to help cities and urban regions address problems and achieve their ambitions. The emphasis is on innovative initiatives with international scope

Cities and other stakeholders determine the form the City Deals take, with central government acting as partner and facilitator. For example by amending legislation and rules to create space for new ideas, delivering tailored solutions at regional level, merging existing funding, amending conditions of financing and working with new forms of procurement.

City Deals are an important pillar of the Dutch Urban Agenda, which was today submitted to the House of Representatives by Minister of the Interior Ronald Plasterk, Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp, Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen and State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment Wilma Mansveld.

The Dutch Urban Agenda was developed to reflect the important role Dutch cities play in economic development and job creation. While most urban areas are in a strong position, this is not something to be taken for granted. That is why the government is keen to ensure that they fully exploit their potential. The Dutch Urban Agenda can help, in particular by encouraging cooperation within the urban network.

During its EU Presidency in the first half of 2016, the Netherlands will be focusing on cities and the development of the EU Urban Agenda as an extension of the Dutch Urban Agenda. The focus will be on improving European legislation in the interests of greater support for urban development, better access to and use of European funds, and knowledge sharing. The ultimate aim is to ensure that full use is made of the economic and social potential of Europe’s cities.