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Brussels, 25 October 2001

Urban II programme: European Union grants assistance of almost EUR 13 million for the development of the French urban area of Clichy-sous-Bois/Montfermeil

The European Commission has approved a programme under the Urban II Community Initiative(1) for the French urban area of Clichy-sous-Bois/Montfermeil for the period 2000-06. The programme will provide almost EUR 13 million(2) of European Union funding over the period, which, together with a contribution of almost EUR 22 million from the Government, local authorities and the private sector, will make a total of just under EUR 35 million in assistance.

Announcing the decision, Mr Michel Barnier, Member of the European Commission responsible for regional policy, said: "The Urban Initiative proposes a creative and innovative approach to urban renewal. Its programmes are strongly anchored in the localities, involving the inhabitants and those active locally at all the stages of the decision-making process. The Clichy-sous-Bois/Montfermeil programme is no exception and will mobilise the local partners. The priorities laid down for improving the urban environment, increasing the spatial and social mobility of local people and developing facilities and services seem particularly interesting. The Commission expects the programme to make a substantial contribution to the development of this urban area."

The area concerned is in the two municipalities of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil in the Department of Seine-Saint-Denis, 15km to the east of Paris, and has a population of more than 52 000. Built in the 1960s, the district was part of a much larger project involving the construction of a motorway connecting Roissy to Marne-la-Vallée, which was never in fact built. This large complex is now rapidly deteriorating.

The programme proposes three main priorities to try to overcome the district's problems:

  • An environment-based urban development strategy: with measures such as the installation of a green belt, training in environmental skills and the restoration of existing assets (Community contribution: EUR 5.2 million).

  • Promoting spatial mobility and equal access to knowledge: including improved access to the major transport networks and the introduction of innovative means of transport (Community contribution: EUR 2.8 million).

  • Developing local facilities and services to improve access to employment: by creating, for example, business incubators or by encouraging local urban management measures (Community contribution: EUR 4.1 million).

An additional amount of almost EUR 800 000 will go to technical assistance.

As in the case of all Urban II programmes, the Clichy-sous-Bois/Montfermeil programme will be financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), under the responsibility of Mr Barnier.


The aim of the Urban Community Initiative is "the 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") covers the period 2001-06, supporting 70 deprived urban areas across the European Union. The total Community contribution will be EUR 728.3 million(3) and this will attract at least as much again from the public and private sectors.

The total ERDF contribution for France is EUR 102 million(4). Nine programmes were submitted, for Bastia, Bordeaux/Cenon/Floirac, Grigny/Viry-Châtillon, Clichy-sous-Bois/Montfermeil, Le Mantois, the Seine Valley, Le Havre, Strasbourg and Grenoble.

Particular features of Urban II are the development of innovative forms of urban regeneration and an emphasis on partnership and on involving local actors. There will also be an exchange of information and experience on sustainable urban development in the European Union.

Funding under Urban II is available for initiatives such as the renovation of buildings and public spaces, employment initiatives, the improvement of education and training for the most disadvantaged groups, the development of environmentally friendly public transport systems, the introduction of more efficient management systems, the use of renewable energy and the development of the potential created by information and communications technologies. The Commission adopts programmes proposed by the local authorities.

Managing Authority

The Managing Authority for this programme is the Prefect of the Ile-de-France Region, Mr Jean-Pierre Duport.

Further information

Further information on the Urban II Clichy-sous-Bois/Montfermeil programme can be obtained from the following:

Mr Jacquet, Préfet, Secrétaire général de la Préfecture de Région Ile-de-France Tel: + 33 1 44 42 60 20

Mrs Ly Van Tu, Chef du Bureau de l'action économique et sociale, de l'emploi et des affaires européennes à la Préfecture de Région Ile-de-France Tel: + 33 1 44 42 62 87

Mr Sadoul, Sous-Préfet du Raincy Tel: 01 43 01 47 00

Mrs Loubet, Chargée de mission Urban - Communauté de communes de Clichy-sous-Bois/Montfermeil Tel: + 33 1 41 70 30 00 E-mail:

Further information on the Urban II Community Initiative can be found in MEMO/01/301 of 25 September 2001 or on the European Commission Inforegio website:

(1) See below for a description of the Urban II Community Initiative.

(2) At prices obtaining at the time the programme was drawn up.

(3) At 2001 prices.

(4) At 2001 prices.

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