In the Birmingham Post (p3) Albert Bore is reported as making the claim during a full council debate on the West Midlands Regional Strategy.
The draft strategy was drawn up by the regional development agency Advantage West Midlands.
Cllr Bore said: 'This city has to be to the Midlands like Milan and Barcelona are to their surrounding region, with 20 per cent of the economic output and 20 per cent of the population. A healthier Birmingham will improve the health of the West Midlands as a whole.
'The city's not an island but part of a region, when regions are becoming every more important in Europe.'
Councillor John Alden raised concerns about RDA Advantage West Midlands.
'Advantage West Midlands is a quango and therefore not democratically accountable.
'There is also a question of the cost of the organisation which could run to millions and millions of pounds.'