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International networks


Eurocities is the network of major European cities. It brings together the local governments of more than 120 large cities in over 30 European countries. Eurocities provides a platform for its member cities to share knowledge and ideas, to exchange experiences, to analyse common problems and develop innovative solutions through a wide range of forums, working groups, projects, activities and events.

Tampere Central Region (Tampere, Nokia, Pirkkala, Kangasala, Lempäälä and Ylöjärvi) joined the Eurocities network in April 1996.

Energy Cities

Energy Cities is the European Association of local authorities inventing their energy future.

The main objectives of the Energy Cities are to:

  • strengthen the skills in the field of sustainable energy
  • influence the policies and proposals made by European Union institutions in the fields of energy, environmental protection and urban policy
  • develop and promote the initiatives of the members through exchange of experiences, the transfer of know-how and the implementation of joint projects

The association created in 1990 represents now more than 1 000 towns and cities in 30 countries. The city of Tampere is represented by Moreenia, the Centre for Urban Environment.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI is an international association of local governments and national and regional local government organisations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. More than 475 cities, towns, counties, and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI’s growing membership. ICLEI works through international performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programs.

International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP)

The International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP) is a world-wide network of professionals representing the broad field of housing and planning. The federation organises a wide range of activities and creates opportunities for an international exchange of knowledge and experience in the professional field.

International Association of Educating Cities (IAEC)

Educating Cities started as a movement in 1990 based on the first International Congress of Educating Cities when a group of cities represented by their local governments set for themselves the common goal of working together on projects and activities for improving the quality of life of their inhabitants on the basis of their active involvement in the use and evolution of the city itself and according to the approved Educating Cities Charter. In 1994 the movement was formalised as the International Association of Educating Cities.

Les Rencontres – Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture

Les Rencontres is an open forum for debate and action grouping together elected members from all levels of local government throughout Europe in order to actively take part in the setting up of European cultural policies. The network facilitates exchange on cultural and educational policies on a local, national and European level.

Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC)

Union of the Baltic Cities consists of over 100 member cities from all 10 countries of the Baltic Sea region. The members range from small towns with less than 10 000 inhabitants to multi-million metropolies. The city of Tampere joined UBC in 1995.

The main aim of the UBC is to develop cooperation and exchange between its member cities. The UBC has numerous activities. It coordinates projects and promotes exchange of know-how and experiences between the cities by organising seminars and courses and publishing newsletters.

Most of the work inside the Union takes place in the following eleven working commissions:

- Business Cooperation
- Culture
- Education
- Energy
- Environment
- Gender Equality
- Health and Social Affairs
- Local Safety
- Sport
- Tourism
- Transportation
- Urban Planning
- Youth Issues

Aalborg Commitments

The Aalborg Commitments are a set of shared commitments to be jointly implemented by local governments across Europe in order to address the challenges of sustainable development. The aim of the commitments is the setting, following and reporting of the local targets in order to advance sustainable development. More than 650 local governments have signed the Aalborg Commitments since 2004.

Age-friendly Cities

The World Health Organization (WHO) Age-friendly Cities Programme is an international effort to address the environmental and social factors that contribute to active and healthy ageing.

Tampere joined the programme through its strategic TampereSenior-project, which was launched in 2012. The aim of the project is to create a common solution for the Tampere region to respond to the challenges of the ageing society.

Cities for Children

The European network Cities for Children has been initiated by the city of Stuttgart with the support of the Robert Bosch Foundation. The network offers European cities the possibility to exchange and to develop progressive concepts across national borders on how to promote the well-being of children, young persons and parents in the urban environment.

Civitas Initiative

The CIVITAS Initiative helps cities to achieve a more sustainable, clean and energy efficient urban transport system by implementing and evaluating an ambitious, integrated set of technology and policy based measures. The Inititiative is co-financed by the EU.

Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors is a European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union carbon dioxide reduction objective of 20% by 2020. The Covenant of Mayors was launched by the European Commission in 2008.


EUniverCities is a co-operation network of several European cities with either a University of Technology or a distinguished faculty of technology in them. The objective of the network is to strengthen the co-operation between universities and cities in order to develop towards a knowledge economy and a knowledge society and to help cities respond to the challenges of Europe's 2020 strategy.