As a result, 27 projects have been shortlisted to go on to the third and final step of the assessment process:the Operational assessment. These 27 shortlisted projects cover the four topics of the first Call for Proposals: energy transition, the integration of migrants and refugees, urban poverty (deprived neighbourhoods) and jobs and skills in the local economy.
The Operational assessment will be carried out by the Permanent Secretariat over the next months in order to identify the projects that will be funded.
Not all shortlisted projects will received UIA funding. Based on the budget available for the first Call (approx. EUR 80 million) as well as the average ERDFContribution requested by the projects shortlisted, the UIA Initiative is looking to fund 18 to 20 projects. The final decision will be taken by a Selection Committee made up of the European Commission and the Entrusted Entity at the end of September.
The approved projects will be announced in the political event on the Urban Agenda for the EU on 12 October (14:00 – 17:00) in the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) that takes place in Brussels between 10 -13 October. Please look at the event's official website for further information and how to register.