By 2030, Flanders will have a million more inhabitants than it has today. This population growth poses major spatial, social and ecological challenges and opportunities for Flanders, especially for its cities.
The Government of Flanders views cities as the engine of society, places where solutions for social challenges are found innovatively. This is why the Government of Flanders’ urban policy stimulates cities to evolve into sustainable and creative places. The aim is to provide a sustainable future for everyone.
The urban policy provides the following subsidies and expertise:
Support cities in their development into smart cities trough the Smart Flanders program.
The Smart City award for the most innovative and creative concept about the city of the future.
Grants for and expert guidance on urban renewal projects.
Capacity building and knowledge exchange by means of research into various urban subjects, monitoring of the liveability of cities (City Monitor), the Flemish Cities Knowledge Centre, conferences and master classes, publications, websites and an inspirational blog.
Support in European programmes such as Urbiscoop (the Benelux’s urban consultation platform), ERDF and JPI Urban Europe.
Read the publication below for an introduction to the urban policy of the Government of Flanders.