The European “City Economic and Financial Governance Group (CEFG Group)” was initiated in June 2014 by the City Council of Barcelona (ES) together with the cities of Dublin (IE), Hamburg (DE), the City of London (UK), Milan (IT) and Vienna (A), representing approximately 30 million inhabitants in their metropolitan areas. This high-level partnership of CEOs/CFOs and Directors of Finance in the field of economic and financial governance is managed by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA). It is a timely initiative, supported and recognised 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.
After the success of the initial period and results obtained, a decision was taken to enlarge the CEFG Group to eight official city members: the cities of Amsterdam (NL), Barcelona (ES), Bordeaux (FR), Dublin (IE), Hamburg (DE), the City of London (UK), Milan (IT) and Vilnius (LT).
|Standardised Financial Reports and Financial Health KPIs for City Governments in Europe 2013-2015 |
Visualization of the 10 FH KPIs
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and also its biggest city with 837,155 inhabitants. It makes up a large part of the northern Randstad are...
Area: 219.31 km2
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and designated European capital of innovation for 2014, has more than 1,600,000 inhabitants and is at the heart of...
Area: 102 km²
Population: 1.6 mio.
Bordeaux Métropole comprises 750,000 inhabitants in 28 towns, among which the City of Bordeaux with 250,000 inhabitants. Bordeaux Métropole is the h...
Area: 579 km²
Dublin City Council is the largest Local Authority in Ireland, covering an area of 11,761 hectares with a resident population of 527,612 (Census 2011)...
Area: 118 km²
Population: 527 612
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: 1,572.00 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.
The CEFG experience and network was presented in the City Manager Meeting on Smart Cities during the Metropolis XII World Congress in Montreal, Canada. This panel counted with the high-ranking participation of CEOs and CIOs from Durban, La Paz, the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and Seoul.
The CEFG Group was cited in the academic article "Municipal Budgetary Decisions in Times of Austerity in Italy and France: Between National, Local and Internal Influences" by E. Padovani, C. du Boys and A. Monti, which was presented at the IRSPM 2017 Conference in Budapest. Click here to read the article.
The 2013 - 2015 figures of the eight CEFG Group city members were published in the recent Standardised Financial Reports and Financial Health KPIs for City Governments in Europe. In addition, this report is complemented by a Visualization of the 10 FH KPIs.