economy

Our economic development forum provides a platform for policy development in relation to innovation and economic development policies, at local, national and EU level


The European agenda is driven by the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and this strategy will be reviewed at its-mid-term this year.

Our forum focuses in particular on influencing the following policies and funding programmes:

  • Europe 2020

  • cohesion policy

  • services of general interest (SGEI) policies

  • public procurement policy

  • entrepreneurship and SME policies, including the funding programme COSME

  • innovation policy, including Horizon 2020 funding programme for research and innovation

Our forum also provides a platform for cities to exchange on economic development policies in relation to urban development strategies, local economic policies, entrepreneurship and SME policies, employment strategies, public services and urban regeneration.

Members also debate on the spatial dimension of these policies and focus on integrated urban development, as well as the importance of the metropolitan area level.

2015 priorities

  • Employment: Increase self-employment; focus on start-ups and microfinance; support EU businesses moving up the international value chain through trade with emerging economies, and in particular the BRIC countries; encourage vocational and entrepreneurship education. Explore potential projects through COSME and other relevant programmes and instruments.
    • Innovation: Open and smart cities, smart specialisation, cross-sectoral cooperation, cross-innovation and spillovers from creative industries to other industries and triple-helix cooperation. Explore potential projects through Horizon2020 and other relevant programmes and instruments.
      • Places: Working at different levels from the neighbourhood to the metropolitan area level through integrated approaches in urban development, planning and urban regeneration schemes. Promoting the importance of metropolitan areas.
         


vice chair

Pia Pakarinen
Helsinki
Deputy Mayor for Education

EUROCITIES staff contact

Aleksandra Olejnik
EUROCITIES Brussels office
Policy advisor

members

Aarhus  Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropole  Almere  Amsterdam  Angers Loire Metropole  Antwerp  Athens  Banja Luka  Barcelona  Belfast  Belgrade  Bergen  Berlin  Bialystok  Bilbao  Birmingham  Bologna  Bonn  Bordeaux  BrabantStad  Braga  Bratislava  Brighton & Hove  Bristol  Brno  Brussels  Brussels Capital Region  Budapest  Burgas  Bydgoszcz  Cagliari  Cardiff  Chemnitz  Cluj-Napoca  Cologne  Constanta  Copenhagen  Coventry  Debrecen  Donostia-San Sebastian  Dortmund  Dresden  Dublin  Dusseldorf  Edinburgh  Eindhoven  Espoo  Essen  EUROCITIES Brussels Office  Florence  Frankfurt  Fuenlabrada  Gaziantep  Gdansk  Genoa  Ghent  Gijon  Glasgow  Gothenburg  Grand Nancy  Grand Reims  Grenoble Alpes Metropole  Groningen  Haarlem  Hamburg  Helsinki  Istanbul  Izmir  Kapsch TrafficCom AG  Karlsruhe  Katowice  Kharkiv  Kiel  Konya  Kyiv  Lausanne  Leeds  Leeuwarden  Leipzig  Linkoping  Lisbon  Lisburn and Castlereagh   Liverpool  Ljubljana  Lodz  London  Lublin  Luxembourg  Lviv  Lyon  Madrid  Malmo  Manchester  Mannheim  Metropole Europeenne de Lille  Milan  Munich  Munster  Murcia  Nacka  Nantes  Netwerkstad Twente  Newcastle-Gateshead  Nice Cote d Azur  Nicosia  Nottingham  Novi Sad  Nuremberg  Odessa  Oslo  Oulu  Palermo  Paris  Pau  Pilsen  Porto  Poznan  Prague  Rennes Metropole  Reykjavik  Riga  Rome  Rotterdam  Rzeszow  Sarajevo  Seville  Sheffield  Sofia  Solna  St Etienne  St Nazaire  Stavanger  Stockholm  Strasbourg  Stuttgart  Sunderland  Tallinn  Tampere  Tbilisi  Terrassa Metropolitan Area  The Hague  Thessaloniki  Timisoara  Tirana  Toulouse  Turin  Turku  Uppsala  Utrecht  Valladolid  Vantaa  Varna  Venice  Vienna  Vilnius  Warsaw  Wolverhampton  Wroclaw  Yerevan  Zagreb  Zaragoza  Zurich