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Capacity-building for cities

Are you working for an EU city? If you are interested in increasing your capacity to design sustainable urban development strategies, policies and projects, check our services!
Through capacity building, EUI aims to enhance and strengthen cities' abilities to develop Sustainable Urban Development policies, strategies, and practices in a collaborative and inclusive manner. Our capacity building approach is nurtured by the wish to create links and knowledge sharing among cities around the EU.


Drawing from previous Urban Development Network initiatives, the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) knowledge and TAIEX mechanism, as well as UIA capitalization efforts, our activities focus on:

  1. Enhancing cities' capabilities to design and execute Sustainable Urban Development strategies, policies, and practices.
  2. Improving the quality of these strategies, policies, and practices both in design and execution.

The primary audience for EUI's capacity building activities includes urban practitioners and policymakers from EU cities engaged in Cohesion Policy and Sustainable Urban Development under Article 11 of the ERDF/CF Regulation and Cohesion Policy programs.

We propose three main activities : City-to-City Exchanges, Peer Reviews, and capacity building events.

You can access below the presentation of the capacity building offer done at Cities Forum in Turin on 17 March 2023. This moment marked the launch of our services.

City-to-City Exchanges 


City-to-City Exchanges are in-person visits or online exchanges carried out between an applicant city and a one or two peer cities. Peer cities share new working methods and innovative approaches on specific implementation challenges identified by the applicant city. The challenges relate to the design and implementation of Sustainable Urban Development strategies.

Who can participate? Applications may be submitted by urban authorities of any size from EU Member States. Other stakeholders may participate in the exchange if justified by the urban authority.


You can apply for a City-to-City Exchange at any moment, the call is continuously open. In general, you can count on starting the actual visits three months after submitting an application. 


Want to know more? Check all details here and apply here.

Interested in this service, but not sure which city has expertise to share?

This form allows you to request to be put in contact with an urban authority from EUI-IA, UIA projects or Urban Agenda Partnership, in order to prepare a City-to-City Exchange application.
Your request will be forwarded to the relevant contact person. Any subsequent follow-up or discussion is carried out bilaterally without EUI involvement, subject to the interest of the urban authority being contacted. 


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Peer Reviews


Peer Reviews take the form of workshops in which cities are peer reviewed by other cities and relevant stakeholders in order to benchmark their Sustainable Urban Development strategies. There are two possible roles in the process: City under Review and Peer Reviewer. 


Cities under Review benefit directly by getting targeted advise on improving their design and implementation of Sustainable Urban Development strategies and practices in an integrated and participative way.


Peer Reviewers benefit equally from this process as their are bringing forward their good practices and get new ideas from all the cities that are brought together by the Peer Review. 

Who can participate? Applications may be submitted by urban authorities of any size from EU Member States that are involved in the design and implementation of a Sustainable Urban Development Strategy (in line with Article 11 of the ERDF Regulation).


Want to know more? Check this page for all details. The second Peer Review call is now open. Apply now!


Capacity building events


Capacity building events comprise of a wide range of formats: workshops, seminars, etc. enabling cities to improve their capacity to design and implement Sustainable Urban Development strategies. 

Events can be national (country-specific), cluster (they bring together countries that might have similar topics to treat) or EU-wide (for all EU cities).


Support to applicants


Looking to know more about EUI capacity building activities? 

Applicant webinars are online events organized by the Capacity Building team to provide potential applicants with a detailed understanding of the various capacity building activities offered by the EUI.

To this end, applicant webinars present the framework and methodology of the activities, include testimonials from past activities and include interactive sections such as a Q&A session to answer questions from participants. Recordings of all candidate webinars are available on the respective event page. 

Did you miss the webinars? Don't hesitate to contact the EUI capacity building team with any questions via

Past activities

You can find below an overview of past capacity building activities, calls and applicant webinars for 2023 and 2024. 


Past capacity-building events:

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