EUROCITIES and KEA have partnered together with a team of high level experts and with ERRIN to ensure the highest quality of the project deliverables as well as the involvement of their wide networks of cities and regions. We see the Culture for Cities and Regions project as a unique opportunity to further develop the work we have been doing for a long time with the European Commission and with European cities and regions.


EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. Founded in 1986, the network brings together the local governments of 140 large cities in 36 European countries.
EUROCITIES represents the interests of its members and engages in dialogue with the European institutions across a wide range of policy areas affecting cities. Through a wide range of Forums, Working Groups, projects and events, EUROCITIES provides a platform for promoting the urban agenda in European policy-making and for sharing knowledge and exchanging on innovative solutions among its member cities. EUROCITIES works across a wide range of urban policy areas: these include culture, climate change, energy and environment, mobility, social affairs, economic development, cohesion policy and the knowledge society.

Our day-to-day work is conducted through six thematic forums and a number of related working groups in which our members can participate. Forums monitor developments in specific policy areas, addressing issues and coordinating activities. They also set up and monitor working groups, and draft EUROCITIES position papers. Each forum meets two to three times each year and elects its own chair and vice-chair.

EUROCITIES has a rich experience of shaping European policy – both to ensure it is based on front line experience and to increase recognition and resources for cities in addressing Europe’s strategic priorities. To this end, EUROCITIES works on a daily basis with the European Commission, both at political and technical level, as well as with the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions and EU member states, to ensure that culture, climate, recovery and inclusion at the local level are effectively addressed. EUROCITIES also has extensive experience in coordinating and supporting EU-funded projects designed to facilitate exchange between cities, policy-makers and researchers.

Nathalie Guri, project manager:
Julie Hervé, policy advisor culture:
Cecile Houpert, project support officer:

KEA European Affairs

KEA European Affairs (KEA) is a strategic advice and research centre fully dedicated to culture and creative industries (CCIs) in Europe since 1999. Based in Brussels, KEA offers services in research, strategic, public and legal affairs, advice and policy design, project management, association management and public relations/events organisation, both to public institutions and private organisations. In 2013 KEA has opened a new office in the “City of Design” in Shenzhen (China).

Areas of expertise include: cultural and creative industries, audiovisual and media, cultural diversity, sport, education and multilingualism but also cultural heritage, culture and social innovation, urban and regional development, intellectual property, copyright, piracy, competition policy, SMEs, international trade, co-operation in the cultural and audiovisual sector, internal market, access to finance, taxation, enterprise policy, new media and access to EU funding programmes, including for cities and regions.
KEA’s research department provides a considerable number of analytical tools aimed at better understanding the cultural and culture-related sectors including: comparative analyses of public policies and legislations, feasibility and impact assessment studies, strategic recommendations for public authorities at European, national, regional and local level, and market analyses. KEA has advised numerous cities and regions in Europe on their policies for culture-led development.

Philippe Kern, Managing Director:
Maria Iglesias, Head of Research and Analysis:
Arthur Le Gall, Consultant and Researcher:


Founded in 2001, ERRIN is a unique Brussels-based platform of more than 110 dynamic EU regions and their Brussels representation offices. ERRIN considers that the regional dimension of research and innovation is a key to the future competitiveness of the EU. ERRIN promotes knowledge exchange, joint actions and project partnerships between its members in order to strengthen regional research and innovation capacities and contribute to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Innovation Union flagship initiative, Smart Specialisation and Widening Participation. ERRIN is a member of the Smart Specialisation Mirror Group and Consultative Forum for the future of the Enterprise Europe Network. ERRIN is also pleased to have signed Memoranda of Understanding with the AER, EUREKA, POLIS, NECSTouR, WssTP and Climate KIC.

Andrea Lagundzija, members’ relations manager: