The network of group management of towns and cities collects information on group management practices and develops future ownership steering.

The 2019–2020 functional municipal groups network is a joint network of 16 large towns and cities, FCG and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, whose aim is to gather and share information on the activities of city groups and support group management and ownership steering development. The results of the network project will be used in the development of the ownership steering of the towns and cities, while assessing the need for further specification of the current Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities’ ownership steering recommendations and models. 

The development themes of the network are

  • Ownership steering policy, and group management and ownership steering principles 
  • The roles of group management operators and the functions of ownership steering
  • Reformulation of the group structure and arrangements and synergies between support services
  • Setting targets for companies and the interaction between group management and company management
  • The appointment practices and skills of the members of the board of directors and questions of recusal.

The project includes the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere, Vantaa, Oulu, Turku, Jyväskylä, Lahti, Pori, Joensuu, Vaasa, Seinäjoki, Rovaniemi, Mikkeli, Salo and Porvoo. KuntaYT5 (Finnish Association of Finland, KT Local Government Employers, Keva, Avainta and Kuntarahoitus/MuniFin) operates as a network partner.

A network of mid-sized cities is being launched in the spring of 2020, and participants are currently being sought.  Upcoming

  • 28 May 2020 group seminar: Group synergies
  • 22 October 2020 concluding seminar: Active ownership

More information on group management:  Functional municipal groups and Association of Finnish Municipalities: Group steering and ownership policy   

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