The STATUS Project overall objective was to assist city authorities of the SEE countries in developing Strategic Territorial/Urban Agendas (ST/UA) (depending on the scale of the partners institutional territorial management), as a tool for sustainable and integrated development, in implementing Urban Centers (UCs), and in monitoring the implementation of the Agendas through an Urban Task Force, a stakeholder-coordinated platform for urban dialogue.
The roadmap created through the project can assist cities and regions in replicating results and better focusing on the European priorities at the turn of the programming period:
  • Focusing available cohesion policy resources on performance-yielding interventions through cooperation;

  • Developing cities and regions through integration of topics, urban-rural areas, stakeholder groups and funding;

  • Avoiding dispersion and low return of investment;

  • Creating ownership, greater transparency and buy-in.

In a nutshell, the STATUS methodology takes the following steps:
  1. Familiarising SEE Small and Middle-sized city and regional administrations with integrated urban programming approaches;

  2. Gathering information and creating a clear framework of both the state of the art of local development as well as the current plans, programs, policies, projects and large-scale investments in the cities and regions;

  3. Putting in place cooperation structures and business opportunities between main stakeholders in small and medium sized cities: promoting operational partnerships among municipalities, investors, knowledge institutes and the third sector;

  4. Defining steps and contents (to launch and to organize the local processes) for designing in each city or region an Urban-Territorial Development Agenda

  5. Setting up tools for long-term sustainability, continuation and further concrete implementation of the developed visions for territorial cohesion: Urban Centers and formally constituted Urban Task Forces;

  6. Creating a city-platform for exchanging knowledge on urban and territorial development themes, initial focus being cities and urban systems of SEE (target users).

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