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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Lille citizens panel on air quality - Report

As part of our citizens panels initiative, Lille Metropole organised a large consultation on air quality in November which gave citizens the opportunity to hear from and debate directly with the European Commission and other experts and put forward possible solutions.

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publication date: 19-11-2018

Five ways to a more social Europe

City politicians and experts from over 50 major European cities have called on the EU to strengthen commitments for a more social Europe.

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publication date: 24-10-2018

Recommendations for a more socially sustainable Europe

The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum met on 23-24 October 2018 in Stuttgart to discuss ‘Anchoring the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve Social Rights for All’. Over 120 participants from 40 major European cities agreed to make cities socially sustainable for the future by linking the EU Pillar of Social Rights, the SDGs and the Urban Agenda for the EU. The participating cities propose 10 recommendations to achieve a more socially sustainable Europe in 2019-2024.

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publication date: 24-10-2018

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EUROCITIES launches citizen panels initiative

Following the success of our 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign, we are keeping dialogue about the future of Europe going by organising citizen consultations in 20 cities.

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publication date: 22-10-2018

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EUROCITIES launches citizens panels initiative

Following the success of our 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign, we are keeping dialogue about the future of Europe going by organising citizen consultations in 20 cities.

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publication date: 22-10-2018

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EUROCITIES members win majority of Urban Innovative Actions projects

The Urban Innovative Actions offer cities a chance use European money to test out new ways of tackling local challenges by changing the way policies are designed and implemented at the local and European level.

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publication date: 11-10-2018

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Second Mayors Summit

Following the success of the first EUROCITIES Mayors Summit in 2017, we are organising a second in Brussels from 20-21 March 2019 to discuss critical issues for Europe's future including citizen engagement.

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start date: 20-03-2019
end date: 21-03-2019

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Second Mayors Summit announced

Following the success of the first EUROCITIES Mayors Summit in 2017, we are organising a second in Brussels from 20-21 March 2019 to discuss critical European issues including citizen engagement.

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publication date: 26-09-2018

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WG Creative Citizenship - Nantes 1/3 October 2018

The next meeting of the EUROCITIES working group Creative Citizenship will take place in Nantes on 1-3 October 2018

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start date: 01-10-2018
end date: 03-10-2018

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2018 URBACT City Festival: new cities welcomed!

Europe’s cities are invited to come to Lisbon on 13-14 September 2018 for the 2018 edition of the URBACT City Festival. Registrations extended for new cities until 15 July.

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publication date: 06-07-2018