Europe 2020

The Europe 2020 strategy is the EU's growth strategy for this decade. This cross-cutting strategy sets out the EU’s political and financial priorities and aims to transform Europe into a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020.

The strategy sets out five targets for the EU to reach by 2020:

  • employment: 75% of 20-64 year-olds should be in employment

  • R&D/innovation: 3% of the EU's GDP (public and private) should be invested in R&D/innovation

  • climate change: the EU aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% (or even 30%) compared to 1990 levels, and aims to get 20% of its energy from renewable energy sources and increase energy efficiency by 20%

  • education: reduce school dropout rates to below 10%; at least 40% of 30-34 year olds should have completed third level education

  • poverty/social exclusion: reduce the number of people living in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion by 20 million

The Europe 2020 strategy identifies new means for boosting growth and jobs, outlined in seven flagship initiatives:

Smart growth

  • digital agenda for Europe

  • innovation union

  • youth on the move

Sustainable growth

  • resource-efficient Europe

  • an industrial policy for the globalisation era

Inclusive growth

  • an agenda for new skills and jobs

  • European platform against poverty

We believe that, with the right support, cities can play an important role in delivering on the Europe 2020 targets.

Click here for more information on Europe 2020. 

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Ghent citizens panel on social rights and the environment issues three recommendations

The city of Ghent invited citizens to discuss the future of Europe on two specific topics - social rights and the environment and climate - in an open debate on 12 February.

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publication date: 14-02-2019

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Munich citizens' panel: nine recommendations put forward

As part of our citizens' panel initiative enabling people to experience deliberative democracy and give informed opinions about the future of Europe, Munich held an event on January 24, 2019.

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publication date: 07-02-2019

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Glasgow citizens' panel on economic development makes three recommendations

In January, Glasgow held a citizens' panel on economic development in relation to the European Pillar of Social Rights and as part of our citizens' panel initiative. Following good practice presentations and discussions, participants came up with three recommendations.

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publication date: 06-02-2019

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Become a partner of the European Week of Regions and Cities, apply now!

From 7 to 10 October 2019, the European Week of Regions and Cities will focus on the topic “Regions and cities, pillars of EU future”.

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publication date: 01-02-2019

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50 cities sign Declaration on citizens engagement

50 cities have now adopted the EUROCITIES Declaration on citizens' engagement, demonstrating their commitment to create a Europe where people come first and citizens have a role in new forms of participatory democracy.

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publication date: 31-01-2019

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Riga citizens panel: three civic participation proposals

Riga (Latvia) held a citizens panel on civic participation related to culture, youth, neighbourhoods, green lifestyle and inclusive society in December as part of our citizens panel initiative. Following good practice presentations and discussions, participants came up with three recommendations.

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publication date: 24-01-2019

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publication date: 20-12-2018

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publication date: 20-12-2018

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Lublin citizens panel - three proposals on migration

As part of our citizens panels initiative, Lublin (Poland) organised a consultation on migration policy, which gave citizens the opportunity to hear from and debate directly with the European Commission and other experts, as well as to put forward possible solutions.

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publication date: 12-12-2018

Register for the next WG creative citizenship meeting - Ostend 26 and 27 February 2019

The next meeting of the EUROCITIES working group Creative Citizenship will take place in Oostende on 26 and 27 February.

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publication date: 11-12-2018