Birmingham has been ousted from the executive council of a major European body that represents the interests of the continent's cities.
But council officers yesterday were putting on a brave face on Birmingham losing its place on the executive council of Eurocities.
Jill Robinson, the acting head of the Regional, European and International Division, said it was in the best interests of closer integration in Europe for Ljubljana to take Birmingham's place on the council.
The Slovenian capital was voted on the four-member board with Lyon, Copenhagen and the Hague, three cities which were previously sitting council members with Birmingham.
Cities sit on the council for three years before re-election. Birmingham has been a permanent fixture on the board since Eurocities was launched in 1992.
Birmingham is also one of the founder members of the body, which lobbies for the interests of more than 120 European cities. The city was voted off at the Eurocities Annual General Meeting.