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working groups

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.

  •  mobility

Developing a new mobility culture

This working group aims at sharing best practice and developing positions linked to EU policy, for example the white paper on transport and the urban mobility action plan

Education

This working group looks at ways to prevent young people from leaving school without qualifications and to improve the link between education and labour market.

  •  knowledge society

eInclusion

This working group works to ensure all citizens can benefit from the benefits of new technologies

Employment

This working group focuses on employment policies at local level, especially with regard to young people.

  •  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

  •  cooperation

EU urban agenda

This taskforce works on the institutional changes to take place in 2014, following the European Parliament elections. It also contributes to the current debate on an emerging European urban agenda.

  •  cooperation

European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and enlargement

This working group works to develop and strengthen links with partner cities in European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries

  •  environment

Green areas and biodiversity

This working group addresses issues of urban biodiversity and management related to green areas

Homelessness

This working group aims to strengthen local and national policies and strategies on homelessness and on other severely excluded people, especially those dependent on the shelter system and residential...

Housing

This Working Group focuses on the role of social housing in fostering social cohesion in cities. To this end, it aims to improve the understanding of the importance of social housing at the European level...