Focus Area

Finance and investments

Investment is crucial to providing good quality services and infrastructure in cities as well as to triggering other investments, stimulating jobs and growth. More long-term investment is needed at local level to respond to pressing public concerns such as climate change and social cohesion as well as foster growth and innovation. Public procurement can be a key tool for cities in driving the development of innovative goods and services. By working together and pooling their resources, cities, central purchasing bodies, and other major public procurers can maximise their market power and impact. At the EU level, too, cities need to be more involved in shaping the content as well as in the management of future funding programmes, and elements of the EU budget that can contribute to sustainable urban development and cohesion, such as through the European Regional Development Fund and Invest EU. Read more on our statements:


  • By working together, cities and other public buyers can maximise their market power and impact, promoting the creation of new solutions more targeted to their needs.

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    Big Buyers for Climate and Environment

  • Want to get to grips with innovative financing for energy efficiency? Would you like to be coached directly on financial tools and structures that get the best out of limited budgets to improve local sustainability, and how to implement them...

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