This February, EUROCITIES launched a new initiative 'Inclusive cities for all:
Social rights in my city' and we announced the first 21 city pledges at a
high-level political event at the European Parliament. The pledges bring a
total investment of over €4.32 billion from cities over the next 5 years to
fight poverty and social exclusion by delivering the principles of the European
Pillar of Social Rights at local level.
We can achieve much more if more cities are joining and, in this way, we show the EU and member states how cities can deliver positive impact, even more so if only we had better access to EU funding.
Is your city pursuing inclusive policies and working to ensure social rights for all people in your city? Are you interested to join the initiative with a city pledge but missed the February deadline? Or is your city already one of the signing cities but you wish to sign a new pledge on another principle of the EU social pillar?
Then, we have good news for you: we are continuing the 'Inclusive cities for all' initiative until the end of 2019 so your city can still join with a pledge and become a 'champion city' on the EU Pillar of Social Rights.
Why to sign a pledge?
1. Your city will gain recognition at EU level. By having a pledge signed by your mayor or deputy mayor, your city’s policies will gain maximum visibility at EU level and your city will be recognised as a champion of equal opportunities and social rights for all people.
2. Your city will be positioned to get better access to EU funds. Given that the next programming period will have European Social Fund aligned to support the implementation of the EU Pillar of Social Rights, by signing a pledge now, your city gets well positioned to access ESF funds after 2020. EUROCITIES is lobbying intensely to get better and easier access for cities to ESF+ and by showing the strong commitment of cities to implement the Pillar's principles, we are making a strong case for matching this commitment with appropriate EU funding.
3. Your city will contribute to a stronger urban voice in the EU social agenda. By showing how cities can take concrete actions to meet the EU objectives, we are showing that cities can be trusted as partners in EU policy-making. This message is vital in view of the European Parliament elections that will lead to a new EU agenda and the opportunity to engage cities as partners.
How to sign a pledge?
Your city can choose one or more of the 20 principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights
where you wish to achieve a good progress or where you wish to continue investing in the next years. It can also be a new area as long as you have the political commitment and budget allocation to proceed with actions in the next years.
In terms of how to formulate the 'pledge' presenting your city’s commitment to deliver the given principle of the EU social pillar, you can draft a text of up to one page, covering:
political rationale why your city is committed to deliver the given principle(s)
your city’s framework / strategy to work in this policy area
commitment for the future – e.g. investments that your city will make and/or actions, programmes or services that your city will deliver, number of beneficiaries you aim to reach, benchmarks to achieve, etc.
You can use the available city pledges
as inspiration for formulating your pledge. Please note that the pledge should be signed by your mayor or deputy mayor.
When to submit the pledge?
City pledges are welcomed until end of 2019, but we advise you to submit by early October if possible. We aim to announce the new city pledges at our autumn Social Affairs Forum in Warsaw on 23-24 October to all SAF members and high-level representatives from the European Parliament and European Commission.
Which steps to take for a city pledge?
Choose one or more of the 20 principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights to focus your pledge on
Formulate the text of your pledge and send it to EUROCITIES for feedback and advice
Have your pledge signed by your mayor or deputy mayor and submit it to EUROCITIES
EUROCITIES will announce your city pledge to all SAF and EUROCITIES members and to EU institutional stakeholders. You are advised to share the announcement with your local media and stakeholders.
Your city politician signing the pledge will be invited to present the city pledge in the political session opening the autumn Social Affairs Forum in Warsaw on 23 October
Do not miss this opportunity to show that your city is inclusive and sign a pledge to deliver the EU Pillar of Social Rights!