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Brussels, 18 October 2001

Urban II programme : European Union approves Euro 14.9 million support for urban regeneration in Neubrandenburg Nord Stadt, Germany

The European Commission has approved a programme for urban regeneration in Neubrandenburg Nord Stadt, Germany. This URBAN(1) Community Initiative Programme will provide € 14.8(2) million from the European Union over the period 2001-2006. The European funding has attracted about € 5 million in further investment from the public sector, creating total resources of about € 19.8 million. Priorities will include the improvement of the economic and employment situation, urban development and the environment and various measures to promote social integration.

Announcing the decision, Michel BARNIER, Member of the European Commission responsible for regional policy, said: "The URBAN Community Initiative is a creative and innovative approach to urban regeneration. These programmes have a strong "grassroots" emphasis, involving local people at all stages in the decision making process. The programme for the city of Neubrandenburg Nord Stadt is no exception. It mobilises a strong local partnership and I fully endorse the programme priorities. I am confident that this programme will make a substantial contribution to urban regeneration in the city of Neubrandenburg."

The programme area covers the northern part of the city of Neubrandenburg (Vogelviertel, Reitbahnviertel, Ihlenfelder Vorstadt, Datzeviertel) with a population of 25,450. The area forms part of an industrial area with a narrow economic base in decline. Since German reunification, the city has been facing radical changes and strong social and economic problems: decline of population, defects and weaknesses in the local economy, investment inertia, high unemployment/decay of the social networks, insufficient implementation of equal opportunities, environmental damage.

The programme aims to tackle these problems with three main priorities:

  • Economy and employment. Key actions include the introduction of new economic activities and local measures for the creation and safeguarding of jobs (Community contribution: € 7.1 million).

  • Urban development and the environment. Key actions include improvement of the urban fabric and of environmental conditions (Community contribution: € 3.1 million).

  • Social integration. Key actions aim at strengthening the socio-cultural and leisure infrastructure (Community contribution: € 3.4 million).

An additional amount of € 1.2 million (Community contribution) will finance technical assistance.

The programme contains some highly innovative ideas, for example: connection of transport communications, greening of classrooms, garden schools, promotion of an ecological petrol station and car sharing, underground rubbish disposal to prevent vandalism and to improve the image of the city, expert services for the elderly, an internet café, development of social skills in vocational schools.

As with all URBAN programmes, this programme will be funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the responsibility of Mr Barnier.


The goal of the URBAN Community Initiative is "economic and social regeneration of cities and of neighbourhoods in crisis in order to promote sustainable urban development". The second round of URBAN ("URBAN II") will cover the period 2001-2006, supporting 70 deprived urban areas across the EU. Total funding from the EU alone will be € 743.6 million(3) and this will attract at least as much again in matched funding from both public and private sectors.

The total URBAN allocation for Germany amounts to € 148.7 million(4). Programmes have been submitted for Berlin, Bremerhaven, Dessau, Dortmund, Gera, Kassel, Kiel, Leipzig, Luckenwalde, Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Neubrandenburg and Saarbrücken.

A particular feature of URBAN II is the development of innovative models for urban regeneration. Another feature is a strong emphasis on partnership and on involving local actors. There will also be an exchange of information and experience on sustainable urban development across the European Union.

URBAN II is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Funding is available for initiatives such as the renovation of buildings and public spaces, local employment initiatives, the improvement of education and training systems for disadvantaged groups, the development of environmentally friendly public transport systems, the introduction of more efficient energy management systems and the use of renewable energy, developing the potential created by information society technologies.

The Commission adopts programmes which are proposed by a partnership including local and community groups. These programmes run for the whole of the period 2001-2006 and local actors are involved at all stages in this process.

Managing Authority

Wirtschaftsministerium Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Johannes-Stelling-Strasse 14

D-19053 Schwerin

Phone: + 49 385 588 5451

Fax:  + 49 385 588 5867


    Further information

More detailed information on URBAN be found in MEMO/01/301 of 25 September 2001 or at the following website:

European Commission :

(1) See below for a description of URBAN II.

(2) Programming prices

(3) New profile 2003 prices

(4) New profile 2003 prices

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