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Brussels, 18 October 2001

Urban II programme: European Union contributes EURO 9.9 million for urban regeneration in Kiel "Ostufer Stadtgebiet", Germany

The European Commission has approved a programme for urban regeneration in Kiel "Ostufer Stadtgebiet", Germany. This URBAN(1) Community Initiative Programme will provide € 9.9(2) million from the European Union over the period 2001-2006. The European funding has attracted about € 8.4 million in further investment from the public sector and about € 1.6 million in private co-financing, creating total resources of € 19.8 million. Programme priorities will include development of the local economy, human resources, social integration and the improvement of the neighbourhood's image.

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 and organisations at all stages in the decision making process. The programme for the city of Kiel "Ostufer Stadtgebiet" is no exception. It mobilises a strong local partnership and I fully endorse the programme's priorities for local development. I am confident that this programme will make a substantial contribution to urban regeneration in this part of the city of Kiel."

The programme area covers parts of the areas of Südfriedhof, Gaarden-Ost, Ellerbek, Wellingdorf and Neumühlen-Dietrichsdorf, located close to the eastern bank of the river of Kiel. The population amounts to 32,500 and is decreasing. The unemployment rate is significantly higher than the average rate in Kiel, as is the share of welfare beneficiaries, especially of single mothers. The area is still in a process of economic restructuring. Many of the local small and medium-sized enterprises are sensitive to economic change. The education level, especially of women, lies beneath the city average.

The programme is composed of different sub-strategies, which will be implemented in an integrated way at the local level in order to support an innovative approach to problem-solving. It focuses on three priorities:

  • Economic development. Projects could consist of developing rundown industrial sites, improving road connections, exploiting the research and development potential, stimulating information and communication technologies and preserving and expanding the presence of a wide array of local businesses (Community contribution € 4.2 million).

  • Human resources. Funding is available for organising a "local employment pact", establishing consultation facilities for small and medium-sized enterprises and facilities for local training and education (Community contribution € 3.8 million).

  • Social integration and improvement of the neighbourhood's image. Neighbourhood management and marketing, expanding the social and multi-cultural infrastructure, improving the living environment and developing public green spaces could receive support under this priority (Community contribution € 1.4 million).

A Community contribution of € 0.5 million will be reserved for technical assistance.

The URBAN II Community Initiative

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), which falls under the responsibility of Mr Barnier. 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

Ministry for Economy, Technology and Transport of Schleswig-Holstein Düsternbrooker Weg 94

D-24105, Kiel

Phone: +49 431-988-4526

Fax: +49 431-988-4812


    Further information

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

(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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