Last week, Turku became the 12th city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. Mayor Minna Arve signed a strong commitment to principle 3 on equal opportunities and principle 4 on active support to employment.
To tackle health and socio-economic inequalities, Turku is committed to promote equal opportunities of youth and people living in all neighbouhoods, especially in the most deprived areas, by:
- piloting new operating models to improve access to city services and narrow the welfare gap and preventing social exclusion
- providing new participatory tools and training to city officials for involving people from all neighbourhoods in planning and decision-making of city measures
To provide active support to employment, Turku invests €20 million annually to reach 2,000 unemployed people each year with tailored support:
- providing individual assessment and personalised support for job search, training and re-qualification (or up-skilling)
- ensuring an employment service point that includes a centre of excellence on employment services for immigrants
- delivering Youth Guarantee schemes to ensure that each young person under 25 and recently graduated people under 30 can have a job, traineeship or continued education or training
Turku's Mayor Minna Arve said: “A stronger social Europe is only possible if people have equal opportunities to health and well-being. In Turku, we invest our efforts to make our city a good place to live and succeed together. Our special attention is to encourage young people, vulnerable groups and people in deprived neighbourhoods to participate in our city".
Read the full pledge below.
Turku follows 11 other cities that signed pledges to the European Pillar of Social Rights: Madrid, Stuttgart, Gothenburg, Ljubljana, Braga, Vienna, Barcelona, Timisoara, Nantes, Leipzig and Warsaw. This is part of the EUROCITIES initiative ‘Inclusive cities for all: Social Rights in my city’. This initiative aims to build political momentum to get mayors and deputy mayors to implement the Pillar principles at local level.
EUROCITIES will continue this campaign throughout 2019 as part of its strategic partnership with the European Commission under the Employment and Social Innovation programme. We aim to gather pledges from many cities on different principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. We will officially launch this campaign during a political event at the European Parliament on 21 February 2019.