These new regeneration partnerships will be responsible for the revitalisation of key urban communities, building on the success of existing Urban Partnerships such as Castlemilk.
Mr Robertson said: 'I am delighted to be announcing today the designation of 12 new regeneration partnership initiatives - Priority Partnership Areas - and funding for 11 additional regeneration policy framework Programme for Partnership.
'This announcement brings with it nearly £60m in Urban Programme funding over the next three years. The 12 new PPAs will be: Ardler, Dundee; Craigmillar, Edinburgh; North Edinburgh; Glasgow East End; Glasgow North; Greater Easterhouse; Great Northern, Aberdeen Inverclyde; Motherwell North; North Ayr; Paisley; West Dunbartonshire
Angus; Dundee; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh; Falkirk; Glasgow; North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling
'In addition I am inviting Fife, which was unsuccessful in the PPA competition, to submit an application for Regeneration Programme funding.
'The decision to create these new partnerships is founded on the success of the four Scottish Office led urban partnerships which were set up as pilot initiatives in 1988 following the publication of the ground breaking White Paper `New Life for Urban Scotland'. Since 1988 the partnerships here in Castlemilk, in Ferguslie Park, Wester Hailes and Whitfield, have shown the way forward in urban regeneration, winning awards and admiration not only in Scotland but beyond.
'It is particularly pleasing that in Regeneration Week, in which the government has highlighted the transformation of many towns and cities throughout the UK, I am able to announce another major step forward in urban regeneration in Scotland, a step which will bring renewed hope to many deprived communities that they can share in the prosperity and quality of life which the rest of us take for granted. '