working groups for economy

Each forum is able to set up a certain number of working groups focusing on specific policy issues. Each working group has a specific remit and tasks, for example preparing a position paper on a particular topic, or managing activities such as a European project or campaign.

Each working group consists of individuals, nominated by member cities, who are considered as having relevant knowledge and expertise. Each working group is chaired by a member city, which is also responsible for reporting back to the relevant forum on the results achieved.

  •  economy

City branding and attractiveness

This working group focuses on how city identity, branding and marketing can reinforce strategic plans for growth and prosperity by attracting investment, business, people and tourists

  •  economy

Cohesion policy and structural funds

This working group coordinates our lobbying towards the EU institutions and member states on EU cohesion policy and structural funds, working to ensure a sufficient urban focus in regulatory frameworks and...

  •  economy

Entrepreneurship and SMEs

This working group will focus on supporting business creation and development and skills development in cities, supporting our objective of long-term economic development

  •  economy


This working group promotes exchanges on innovation systems and influences the new research programmes, e.g. Horizon 2020

  •  economy

Integrated urban development

This working group works to improve integrated urban development, planning and governance through peer review exchanges

  •  economy

International economic relations

Members of this working group exchange knowledge on how they organise international relations with cities from all over the world, in particular BRIC countries.

  •  economy

Metropolitan areas

This working group focuses on the city in relation to its surroundings and the governance of functional urban areas