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working groups

Each forum is able to set up a certain number of working groups and task forces focusing on specific policy issues. Each working group has a specific objective, scope and mandate 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.

A task force can be set up to address issues with a more limited scope. The task force is a temporary group that has a specific mandate, scope, timeframe and strategic purpose.

  •  environment

Air quality, climate change & energy efficiency

This working group addresses air quality, climate change and energy efficiency issues affecting European cities.

  •  mobility

Barrier-free city for all

This working group cooperates with the European Commission on the implementation of the European disability strategy 2010-2020 to improve barrier-free accessibility in Europe

  •  economy

City branding and international economic relations

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

  •  cooperation

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...

  •  cooperation

Creative citizenship

Creative citizenship working group looks at how cities and citizens can co-create solutions to adress local challenges. It explores how this co-creation process drives innovation, reinforces local democracy...

  •  culture

Creative industries

This is a joint working group within both our culture and economic development forums to support the contribution of the local cultural and creative economy in cities

  •  culture

Cultural access and entitlement

This working group aims to identify, define and compare policies and action plans implemented by European cities around the accessibility of cultural spaces and services

  •  culture

Culture and young people

This working group supports cities’ activities to bring young people into contact with culture and develops strategies to ensure that the needs of young people are met in local cultural strategies

  •  culture

Culture as a resource

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

  •  knowledge society