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Formation 1986
Type Network of cities
Region served
140 member cities
Official language
Secretary General
Anna Lisa Boni

EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities, founded in 1986 by the mayors of Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan, and Rotterdam. The 1989 Barcelona conference agreed that a key task was to put the issue of cities and their economic, political and social development onto the European agenda. Indeed, the founders suggested that major European cities could benefit from forming such an association. They intended to form a political platform to act as a channel for communicating with the European institutions and to become recognised as a significant partner in the European community and each member state.

Today, EUROCITIES brings together the local governments of over 130 of Europe’s major cities from 35 different countries,[1] representing the interests and needs of 130 million citizens.

The EUROCITIES secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium. The Brussels office carries out policy, projects, human resources, finance, administration and communications work. EUROCITIES provides a platform for its members to share knowledge and ideas, exchange experiences, analyse common problems and develop innovative solutions, through a wide range of forums, working groups, projects, activities and events. EUROCITIES is committed to working towards a common vision of a sustainable future in which all citizens can enjoy a good quality of life.


EUROCITIES structures its work around five focus areas that to a large extent align with the EU’s strategic priorities:[2]

  • Cities as drivers of quality jobs and sustainable growth
  • Inclusive, diverse and creative cities
  • Green, free-flowing and healthy cities
  • Smarter cities
  • Urban innovation and governance in cities

These areas of work are described in greater detail in the EUROCITIES Strategic Framework 2014-2020: Towards an EU urban agenda for cities.[3]

Membership criteria[edit]

Membership of Eurocities is open to any European city with a population of 250,000 or more. Cities within the European Union become full members, and other European cities become associate members. Local authorities of smaller cities, and organisations not eligible to become full or associate members, can become associated partners. Companies and businesses are allowed to become associated business partners.[4]



Full and associate members
City State Mayor Population Membership
Aarhus  Denmark Jacob Bundsgaard 335,684 Full member
Aix-Marseille-Provence[a]  France Jean Montagnac 1,886,842 Full member
Amsterdam  Netherlands Eberhard van der Laan 851,223 Full member
Antwerp  Belgium Bart De Wever 517,042 Full member
Athens  Greece Giorgos Kaminis 664,046 Full member
Banja Luka  Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Radojičić 150,997 Associate member
Barcelona  Spain Ada Colau 1,604,555 Full member
Belfast  United Kingdom Brian Kingston 532,928 Full member
Belgrade  Serbia Siniša Mali 1,166,763 Associate member
Bergen  Norway Marte Mjøs Persen 278,121 Full member
Berlin  Germany Michael Müller 3,431,675 Full member
Białystok  Poland Tadeusz Truskolaski 295,459 Full member
Bilbao  Spain Juan María Aburto 345,141 Full member
Birmingham  United Kingdom Ian Ward 1,137,100 Full member
Bologna  Italy Virginio Merola 389,009 Full member
Bonn  Germany Ashok-Alexander Sridharan 322,125 Full member
Bordeaux  France Alain Juppé 246,586 Full member
Braga  Portugal Ricardo Rio 181,494 Full member
Bratislava  Slovakia Ivo Nesrovnal 421,801 Full member
Brighton and Hove  United Kingdom Warren Morgan 288,200 Full member
Bristol  United Kingdom Marvin Rees 459,300 Full member
Brno  Czech Republic Petr Vokřál 377,028 Full member
Brussels  Belgium Philippe Close 178,552 Full member
Brussels Capital Region  Belgium Full member
Budapest  Hungary István Tarlós 1,759,407 Full member
Burgas  Bulgaria Dimitar Nikolov 211,033 Full member
Bydgoszcz  Poland Rafał Bruski 358,614 Full member
Cardiff  United Kingdom Matt Edwards 362,800 Full member
Chemnitz  Germany Barbara Ludwig 246,353 Full member
Cluj-Napoca  Romania Emil Boc 324,576 Full member
Cologne  Germany Henriette Reker 1,075,935 Full member
Constanța  Romania Decebal Făgădău 283,872 Full member
Copenhagen  Denmark Frank Jensen 606,057 Full member
Dortmund  Germany Ullrich Sierau 585,813 Full member
Dresden  Germany Dirk Hilbert 547,172 Full member
Dublin  Ireland Mícheál Mac Donncha 553,165 Full member
Düsseldorf  Germany Thomas Geisel 613,230 Full member
Edinburgh  United Kingdom Adam McVey 513,200 Full member
Eindhoven  Netherlands John Jorritsma 227,751 Full member
Espoo  Finland Full member
Essen  Germany Thomas Kufen 583,084 Full member
Florence  Italy Full member
Frankfurt  Germany Full member
Gaziantep  Turkey Associate member
Gdansk  Poland Full member
Genoa  Italy Full member
Ghent  Belgium Daniël Termont 259,083 Full member
Gijon  Spain Full member
Glasgow  United Kingdom Full member
Gothenburg  Sweden Full member
Grand Nancy[b]  France Full member
Grenoble-Alpes Métropole  France Full member
Hamburg  Germany Full member
Helsinki  Finland Full member
Istanbul  Turkey Associate member
Izmir  Turkey Associate member
Associated partners
City State Leader Population
Acharnes  Greece Sotiris Douros 106,943
Almere  Netherlands Franc Weerwind 202,764
Amiens[c]  France Alain Gest 178,915
Amarousio  Greece
Arezzo  Italy
Beşiktaş  Turkey
Beylikdüzü  Turkey
Beyoğlu  Turkey



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