The urban dimension of the ERDF in the 2007-2013 period
Implementation and practice in five European cities : final report - Study
The Study on the urban dimension of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the 2007-2013 period, has been undertaken by ECORYS on behalf of DG Regional Policy of the European Commission. The central objective of this assignment has been to analyse the way in which ERDF financing has been deployed to support urban development in five case study cities in the European Union in the context of the mainstreaming of the "urban dimension" of EU Cohesion Policy. The five cities were Karlovy Vary (CZ), Katowice (PL), Oviedo (ES), Ludwigshafen (DE) and Amsterdam (NL). The two... overarching research questions for the study have been: a) To what extent do the urban development activities supported with ERDF funds in the case study cities reflect the principles of the Urban Acquis? and b) What lessons can we draw concerning the relevance and potential effectiveness of the ERDF as a funding instrument for urban development?