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.
         


chair

Emanuele Piazza
Genoa
Deputy mayor

vice chair

Marijke Van Hees
Netwerkstad Twente

EUROCITIES staff contact

Marie Ranty
EUROCITIES Brussels Office
Policy advisor

members

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