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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.

  •  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

Migration and integration

This working group works to influence EU policies in migrant integration as well as share experiences between cities on integration governance

  •  culture

Mobility of artists

This working group builds on the principle that mobility is a professional and artistic necessity for artists to export their work, perform, learn, create, cooperation and discover new forms of expression

  •  environment


This working group supports our members in the implementation of European directives relating to the assessment and management of urban noise

  •  knowledge society

Open data

Through this working group, members exchange experiences and compare examples of city initiatives in the field of open data across the EU; build business cases; and collect evidence on the advantages of...

  •  cooperation

public services

This working group contributes to the European debate on the future of services of general interest to ensure access for all citizens to high quality and affordable services. The main issues are: provision...

  •  culture

Resources for culture

This working group examines different types of financial resources available to cities to help sustain and develop cultural infrastructure and creative industries in the long term