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The initiative for Urban Innovative Actions (UIA), developed by the European Union and designed to provide urban areas with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges ranging from employment to pollution, has announced the approval of 16 projects in the framework of its second Call for Proposals.

After a competitive process 16 urban authorities will have the opportunity to experiment bold and innovative solutions to tackle the challenges linked to the circular economy, the integration of migrants and refugees and urban mobility.

The final decision was taken based on the level of innovation of the proposals as well as on the quality of the partnership, the measurability of the expected results, the potential transferability of the solution to other urban authorities in Europe and the overall quality of the Work Plan.

Eight cities will lead the way on the topic of circular economy. Among those, ACR+ member the City of Maribor will look to increase its local food self-sufficiency by using the City’s internal waste to produce recycled, standardised and certified soil to improve soil quality that will increase food production.



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