World Cities is a project of the European Union managed by the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission. It originates in a Preparatory Action of the European ParliamentDG REGIO coordinates the European regional policy, an investment action line of the EU that supports job creation, competitiveness, economic growth, improved quality of life and sustainable development. These investments support the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy.

Partners of DG REGIO are national, regional or local authorities in the EU and in the non-EU Countries.


Former activities (CETREGIO 2011-2014 and World Cities I – 2015-2016)


Activities with China were implemented within the CETREGIO programme, in coordination with the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). CETREGIO is part of the EU-China Regional Policy DialogueThe Chinese NDRC formulates the Five-Year-Plans of national economic and social development across the whole country. Among other functions, NDRC formulates macroeconomic policies, monitors key construction projects and guides the economic restructuring of China. NDRC has several departments and is represented across China at provincial and local level. Cooperation within the World Cities (formerly CETREGIO) programme is coordinated through the Department of Regional Economy of NDRC.  


Activities with India were implemented within the EU-India Strategic Partnership in coordination with the Delegation of the European Union to India.


Activities with Japan were implemented within the EU-Japan Urban Policy Dialogue in coordination with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism.


Activities with Canada were implemented within the EU-Canada Urban Policy Dialogue with 4 Canadian cities in coordination with the EU Delegation to Canada