History of Eurotowns
The network was established in 1991 as the Europe-wide network for towns and cities with populations between 50.000 and 250.000.
Towns and cities of this size play a significant part in the economic and social life of Europe. The Eurotowns network aims to ensure that this fact is properly reflected in the development of European legislation. There are currently 18 cities in membership of Eurotowns.
The Mission of Eurotowns is to develop a network of vibrant, socially inclusive and sustainable medium-sized European cities, which acts as a catalyst for urban Innovation, creativity and renewal.
Eurotowns policy agenda focuses on the following areas:
- Promoting LIFELONG LEARNING and the development of education and skills
- Growing the KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY and creating better local jobs
- Providing effective, efficient and SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT systems
- Ensuring that growth is SOCIALLY INCLUSIVE – all in society benefit
- Improving the quality of the PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
Is where all partners meet once a year (autumn). The Assembly debates and decides the overall programm of the network and the policy direction for the future, based on recommendations made by the Executive Council. The General Assembly also provides a forum for policy debate and establishes the basis for the definition of the network’s political agenda.
It is the body competent to follow the work progress and ensure the implementation of all General Assembly decisions. The Executive Council is composed by 5 members of the Eurotowns Network and by the President and two vice Presidents. They meet on trimestrial basis checks to discuss daily management of the network/ control network priorities/ check on major relevant events/ promotes networking actions/ partnership enlargement.
Work is organised around task teams:
- Carry out the work program of the network based on the key challenges as defined by the general Assembly or the Executive Council;
- Work in a specific area or subject through confrontation / round tables / surveys and report progress to the Executive Council;
- Evaluate the possibility of accessing external sources of finance for the work.
Task teams receive network funding in order to develop project ideas of to implement studies and researches, facilitate confrontation.
The EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (2020-2022) is composed by:
Municipality of Sindelfingen (Germany)
Municipality of Reggio Emilia (Italy)
Municipality of Gävle (Sweden)
Executive Council Members:
Municipality of Manresa (Spain)
Municipality of Schiedam (Netherlands)
Municipality of Solingen (Germany)
Municipality of Varberg (Sweden)
Network main bodies rotate every 3 years and are elected by the General Assembly.
How to join Eurotowns
Why participating in the network:
- networking enables representation of local government in Europe
- provides a privileged framework for promoting innovation and exchanging experiences at transnational level
- provides good basis for the development of long lasting partnerships
- supports the partners in the identification of EU programs and joint presentation of EU projects
- provides a good basis for constant update and periodic confrontation both at political and operational level
The advantages of medium-sized cities:
- human scale
- proximity of/to citizens
- participation in democracy
- closer relationships between stakeholders
- ability to deliver policy and practice quicker and more efficiently
- quality of life
- lower levels of congestion and better air quality
- availability of good quality land
City networking is an important practice for reinforcing European Cohesion. In addition to being an area of cooperation between communities, participation in such networks enables representation of local government in Europe. It also provides a privilege framework for promoting innovation and exchanging experiences at transnational level.
The benefits of the network are:
- The exchange of experiences and know-how
- The sharing of offers and demands for partnerships
- The sharing of information of common interest
- The representation of the concerns of medium-sized cities at the European level
One of the main aims of the network is to reinforce these networking activities between the city members.
If you are interested in JOINING THE NETWORK please:
- Contact the Eurotowns Secretariat – Julian.Schahl@sindelfingen.de
- Expression your of interest (discussed during the next EC meeting)
- Acceptance formalised during next General Assembly in October 2020
- Fee of participation is 3.500 € per year
- Free contribution for the first year!
For any request please contact the Secretariat: Julian.Schahl@sindelfingen.de or +49 7031/94-403