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THE ASIA URBS PROGRAMME

EUROPEAN UNION PROMOTES COOPERATION WITH ASIAN CITIES :

The ASIA URBS Programme is an initiative based on “decentralised cooperation”. It promotes mutual understanding and lasting cooperation between Europe and Asia, by bringing together local governments and communities in both continents to work on the challenges of urban development.

The ASIA URBS Programme offers financial support to local governments for the development of urban-related projects. A total budget of 26,2 millions euros has been allocated to finance around 60 projects.

Europe provides a maximum grant of 65% of total project costs, or 500,000 euros (whichever is less) for a development or information-sharing project; or 65% or 15,000 euros for a study. A minimum of three local government partners should provide a minimum commitment of 35% of total costs from the partners.

Suggested Key Areas of Cooperation:

- Urban management
- Urban socio-economic development
- Urban environment
- Urban social infrastructure

The EC favours projects which include a socioeconomic dimension with women’s groups, local partners and institutions. Projects should ultimately aim to promote the quality of life for those living in urban areas.