Welcome on Luden.org

LOCAL URBAN DEVELOPMENT EUROPEAN NETWORK (LUDEN) is a network for mutual co-operation which focuses on major transitions that are taking place across the EU and touch cities, towns and the surrounding country side or what is referred to as “rurban”.

LUDEN has a long experience in local development and especially community led local development. The network came into existence in 1989 as result of an initiative undertaken by 19 local authorities in 8 of the former EU 15 Member States. It was originally called Quartiers-en-Crise and then Quartiers –en Crise: European Regeneration Areas Network.The network played a major role in the development of EU Urban Policy through first the Urban Pilot Projects Programme and then through URBAN I and II.

LUDEN has pioneered the need to move towards new paradigm for local urban development

LUDEN has developed  the new paradigm into a number of key actions which we call the New Municipal Agenda. This has been our input into the ongoing debate regarding the EU Urban Agenda.

Our work is focussed on a number of key transitions.

Our members are mainly from the public and third sectors, however membership is also open private sector (for profit) organisations.