JPI – Urban Europe

copy-cropped-logo-jpi-urban-europe1.jpgUrban Europe is a new Joint Programming Initiative (JPI). Its main aim is to coordinate research and make better use of Europe’s public funds in order to:

  • Transform urban areas to centres of innovation and technology
  • Realise eco-friendly and intelligent intra- en interurban transport and logistic systems
  • Ensure social cohesion and integration
  • Reduce the ecological footprint and enhance climate neutrality

JPI is an initiative of European countries. The currently participating countries are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Turkey. Spain and Portugal are observers.

Through JPI Urban Europe, countries can generate European solutions by means of coordinated research. The aim is to create attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas, in which European citizens, communities and their surroundings can thrive. All participating countries are working together on a joint programme to propose to the European Commission.

What is a Joint Programming Initiative?

A Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) is an approach introduced by the European Commission (EC) in July 2008 to involve individual countries to work together on research. By enhancing cooperation among those that develop and manage research programmes, Joint Programming makes it easier for individual countries to address common challenges together and to speak with one voice in the international arena.

The European Commission states that for areas of research that are of strategic importance for the whole or a large part of Europe, the JPI-approach will stimulate:

  • National research programmes to have the required scope and depth.
  • Cross-border programmes not to be too complicated because of the multitude of national procedures. This will discourage internationally-oriented research actors from accessing research funding across borders.
  • The pooling of data and expertise to be scattered across Europe and cross-border researcher mobility and training and in that way stimulate the dissemination of knowledge.
  • By introducing the JPI-approach the value of relevant national and EU Research and Development funding can be increased through collaborative and joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes. In this way the JPI-approach meets the stakeholders demand for a bottom-up approach in which countries can participate on a voluntary basis.

For more information please look at the official website

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