There is a gap between the needs and demands of cities that should develop and implement SUMPs, and the higher administrative institutions who prepare the ground and provide programmes to encourage cities to develop and implement SUMPs.
The aim of CIVITAS-PROSPERITY is to close the gap and develop national SUMP support programmes in all participating countries. These support programmes should be tailor made for the needs of cities and help them in real ways, including, but not limited to; knowledge building and sharing, financial and institutional support, standardisation and evaluation criteria. The main concept of the project is to activate the national and/or regional level to develop policy frameworks that will improve or start up National programmes.
To prepare the development or improvement of National programmes, PROSPERITY started with an analysis of the current status of national or regional support programmes in EU member states. The analysis aimed to identify and assess:
- the status of National programmes in EU member states;
- successful existing National programmes and their key contents;
- key problems hindering SUM-planning in cities, regions and countries;
- needs of national level representatives in developing and improving National programmes
The results of the analysis which has been carried out in a joint way with the sister project SUMPs-Up is now available as report at the PROSPERITY Deliverable on High Level of Government - their support for SUMP in the EU.
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