Assessment Study of the Urban Innovative Actions 2014-2020 - Final report - Regional Policy - European Commission | Energy Transition in Europe | |

The Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is an EU initiative incentivising cities to test new solutions to urban challenges. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with a total budget of €372 million during 2014-2020 and with a maximum contribution of €5 million per project.
The present study constitutes the first external assessment of the UIA while the implementation of the initiative is ongoing. Its findings must thus be seen as preliminary and not capturing a full impact that only an ex-post evaluation will be able to measure, as from 2024 at the earliest.
The assessment study evaluated the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence and EU added value of the UIA. It identified a range of innovations tested including the use of new techniques, social innovation, service delivery innovations, financial innovations and governance innovations.