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The overall objective of IURC China Programme is to lead and develop urban and regional cooperation between the EU and China. The activities are twofold: sustainable urban development and innovation.


The Component 1 supports cities from both sides to develop approaches and implement solutions to common urban challenges.

And the Component 2 supports a limited number of Chinese and EU regions/provinces – to be understood as sub-national entities – to develop and implement innovation actions for regional and local development cooperation and investments on a mutual benefit basis.

“IUC Asia has achieved to create a network, a community, if I may say a family, of European and Chinese regional authorities, non-state and state actors, public and private friends and colleagues. It has inspired great willingness and commitment of cities from the EU and from China to work together on pertinent subjects, focus on sustainable urbanization and act as real partners in times of pandemic. IURC China will further nurture this solid foundation, excel the quality of city and now also regional partnerships and elevate the cooperation to the next level by involving a strong dimension of innovation.”

– MS. ALEXANDRA LEHMANN, ATTACHÉ, FOREIGN POLICY INSTRUMENTS, EUROPEAN UNION, DELEGATION TO THE P.R. OF CHINA

IURC China Reads


Early Success Story from IURC China and Much More

Keru FENGJul 13, 20225 min read

In IURC-China, the European and Chinese pilot cities and regions are facing similar challenges in urban transformation, industrial upgrading and environmental sustainability, albeit in varying social and economic contexts. They…

IURC-China Thematic Cooperation Webinar on Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-food System

Keru FENGJun 24, 20225 min read

On 23 June 2022, as part of the IURC China thematic cluster working sessions, IURC-China organized a webinar on Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-food System. The webinar focused on policies, knowledge…

Zoom-in Europe (I): Regional Innovation & Smart Sustainable Specialisation Strategies in the EU

Keru FENGJun 13, 20222 min read

IURC-China successfully organized the first “Zoom-in Europe” online training session “Regional Innovation in the EU”, on Thursday 02 June 2022. The online training session aims to bring together urban and…

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IURC China Videos


Two Minutes Into IURC-China

IUC City-to-City Cooperation Update by EU Cities
Liuzhou on EU Cooperation within the IUC
Mannheim on Innovation Cooperation with China

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