The European “City Economic and Financial Governance (CEFG) Group” is a high-level partnership of CEOs/CFOs and Directors of Finance in the field of economic and financial governance of the cities Amsterdam (NL), Barcelona (ES), Bordeaux (FR), Hamburg (DE), the City of London (UK), Milan (IT), Trondheim (NO) and Vilnius (LT).
It is a timely initiative as public sector financial and accounting practices are still highly fragmented within the European Union and even within many of the individual Member States. The CEFG Group is managed and chaired by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) and supported through active participation by the European Commission - Eurostat – as it coincides with their efforts to formulate the European Public Sector Accounting Standards (EPSAS) and to implement them across the EU.
The uniqueness of the partnership consists in the fact that it is the first time that fiscal and financial management issues are discussed from a cross-border perspective at city level. The initiative has raised a great level of interest in the European environment, also due to the production and publication for the first time of a Joint standardized financial report and 10 financial health KPIs for City Governments in Europe.
Synopsis of the CEFG Group City Portraits
|Standardised Financial Reports and Financial Health KPIs for City Governments in Europe 2013-2015 |
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and also its biggest city with around 830.000 inhabitants. It makes up a large part of the northern Rands...
Area: 219,31 km2
Population: 834.713 (2016)
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and designated European capital of innovation for 2014, has more than 1,6 mio. inhabitants and is at the heart of ...
Area: 102 km²
Population: 1,6 mio.
Bordeaux Métropole comprises 760.000 inhabitants in 28 towns, among which the City of Bordeaux with 250.000 inhabitants. Bordeaux Métropole is the h...
Area: 578 km²
Population: 760.933 (2014)
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city following Berlin. At the same time, it is one of the states of the Federal R...
Area: 755,3 km²
Population: 1,8 mio.
With 8,42 mio. inhabitants, London is Europe’s most populous city and one of the command centres for the global economy. It comprises 33 local auth...
City of London
Area: 1.572 km2 (Greater London)
Population: 8,42 million (Greater London)
Milan, the capital of Lombardy, has a population of 1,3 million. It is the biggest industrial city in Italy combining different industrial sectors. A ...
Area: 182 km²
Population: 1,3 mio.
Trondheim is the largest city in the Trøndelag region, and the third largest in the country, following Oslo and Bergen. The city has almost 200.000 i...
Area: 341,19 km2
Population: 195.449 (September 2018)
Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius, is the largest political, administrative, economic and cultural centre in the country. The country’s Parliament...
Area: 401 km²
CEFG Group representatives are regularly invited to EPSAS Working Group meetings that are convened by Eurostat to report about the latest developments. Against this background, Emanuele Padovani, Ass. Prof. Public Management and Accounting & CEFG Group Expert, presented the CEFG updates at the 8th EPSAS Working Group meeting in Rome on 13-14 May 2019. Read more
The CEFG Group was presented to a Turkish delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate for EU Affairs, the Union of Municipalities of Turkey, the Union of Provinces and the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation, DG for Local Authorities, in the framework of a ten-day internship programme in Barcelona from 6-17 May for town twinning between Turkey and the EU.
The CEFG Group was mentioned in the January edition of the newsletter of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) as an example of good governance and quality in local public finance.