European Urban Initiative (EUI)

The European Urban Initiative (EUI) funded by the EU ERDF budget supports urban areas of all sizes with innovative actions, capacity and knowledge building, policy development and communication on sustainable urban development.

The EUI provides different levels of assistance:

  • Supporting urban authorities with up to 80% direct co-financing and up to €5M ERDF, allowing EU cities to experiment as testbeds for their innovative idea and transferring it to other cities
  • Strengthening capacities of cities in the design of sustainable urban development strategies, policies and practices in an integrated and participative way
  • Providing a knowledge environment for cities to ensure easier access to horizontal and thematic knowledge and share the know-how on sustainable urban development

For more information check the EUI website external link icon.

What is the relevance for Circular Cities?

With the focus on addressing urban challenges, this programme is extremely relevant for support to and funding of circular city initiatives. In the past years, several circular city projects have been funded by the EUI predecessor Urban Innovative Actions. For example:

  • Antwerp (Belgium): Antwerp Circular South – engaging the community in an online and offline circular economy (learn more external link icon).
  • Kerkrade (Netherlands): Super Circular Estate – First Circular Social Housing Estate for 100% Material and Social Circularity (learn more external link icon).
  • Lappeenranta (Finland): Urban infra revolution – Circular economy materials and novel method development to produce recyclable and functional urban construction products (learn more external link icon).
  • Sevran (France): Earth Cycle – On-site recycling process of extracted soil from the subway work in SEVRAN and its impact on the circular economy (learn more external link icon).

How to apply?

EUI calls for proposals are published at the EUI website external link icon.