The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Publication The urban dimension in German Structural Fund programmes

BMVBS-Online-Publikation 16/10, Ed.: BMVBS, October 2010

Series: BMVBS-Online-Publikationen Published: October 2010

This study reveals the quality and quantity with which Germany makes use of Article 8 of the EFRE Regulation as an offer of financial assistance. It also illustrates the general consideration of urban concerns in Germany's National Strategic Reference Framework and the German Structural Funds programmes as well as the range of the urban dimension at the project level. The findings of this analysis are used to draw up recommendations on ways of establishing 'Acquis URBAN' in the coming funding period which can be considered in the already intensive negotiations concerning the design of the post-2013 Structural Funds.

Scientific Support
Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) within Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR)

Brandenburg Technical University (contractor)
Institute of Urban Development and Landscape Chair of Urban Management
Prof. Silke Weidner, Jens Gerhardt
Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH (contractor)
Silvana Rückert (head), Luise Ebenbeck
Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Berlin
Tilman Buchholz

Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Bonn
Dr. Steffen Maretzke

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Annex 1: Detailed evaluation of the objects of support, Project checklist, Project profiles
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1. Introduction

2. Urban aspects of the National Strategic Reference Framework

3. Consideration of urban interests in the German ERDF OPs
3.1 Objective system and budgets of the objective levels of the Länder ERDF OPs
3.2 Comparative quantification of the urban dimension in accordance with Article 8 for the 2000-2006 funding period
3.3 Classification of ERDF Länder funding by expenditure categories and territory types
3.4 Inclusion of cross-financing in the OPs of the Länder
3.5 Integration of EU initiatives in the Structural Funds assistance of the Länder
3.6 Position of the Länder regarding the global grant
3.7 Integration of the aim of European transnational cooperation by the Länder
3.8 Objects of support with urban relevance in the OPs of the Länder
3.9 Attention paid to urban questions in the German federal government's ERDF OP 'Transport'

4. Urban dimensions in the ESF programmes
4.1 System and budgets of objective levels of the ESF OPs
4.2 The ESF federal programme 'Social City - Education, Economy, Working in the Neighbourhood'

5. Urban projects in the context of Structural Fund support
5.1 Procedures applied by the Länder for the award of ERDF funding for sustainable urban development actions
5.2 Quantitative evaluation of the project level
5.3 Overview of the projects in the profiles
5.4 Qualitative evaluation of project selection

6. Summary of the examination of the project and programme level

7. Recommendations for incorporating the urban dimension in the 2014-2020 funding period
7.1 Proposals by umbrella associations, Länder und local authority representatives
7.2 Recommendations as a result of the research project

8. Outlook

Bibliography, References

German version: Die städtische Dimension in den deutschen Strukturfondsprogrammen. BMVBS-Online-Publikation 15/10
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