The territorial and urban dimension in the national strategic reference frameworks and operational progroammes (2007-2013). Working paper of the services of the Directorate General for Regional Policy, European Commission


The Community Strategic Guidelines (CSGs) point out that one the features of cohesion policy - in contrast to sectoral policies - lies in its capacity to adapt to the particular needs and characteristics of specific geographical challenges and opportunities. The CSGs indicate that the contribution of cities to growth and jobs should take into account three key dimensions of urban policy: the role cities can play as motors of regional development and centres of innovation; the need to improve the internal cohesion of urban areas (tackling specific problems such as social exclusion, high and rising crime rates, and the general worsening of the quality of life in deprived urban areas); and promoting a more polycentric regional development and a balanced development of urban and metropolitan areas.