employment

Europe is facing high levels of unemployment and shortages of skills and the coming decades will see Europe’s workforce shrink due to its ageing population. There is a growing awareness of the need for reskilling, skills development and lifelong learning to better match the supply and demand of Europe’s labour market. 

Recent years have seen labour market responsibilities devolve from the national level to the regional and local levels. We have also seen the creation of new public-private partnerships in employment policies, and a rise of active labour market policies and ‘work first’ approaches.

The Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth sets the ambitious target to increase the employment rate in Europe to 75%, which demands better policies, better cooperation and better policies on education and life-long learning.

Our working group employment is a platform for cities to exchange good practices on local labour market policies. We work together with the EU institutions to profile the role local authorities play in shaping effective labour market policies and the importance of including cities in the governance of the European social agenda.

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Estonian Presidency brings a focus on inclusive and sustainable Europe

Estonia took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU from Malta on 1 July 2017.

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publication date: 14-08-2017

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publication date: 09-08-2017

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  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Eurobarometer shows optimism in the EU is on the rise

The latest Eurobarometer published on 2 August shows that Europeans are more positive about the future of the EU and their trust in the EU is on the rise.

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publication date: 04-08-2017

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  •  economy
  •  environment
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URBACT’s Good Practices unveiled: 'Inspiring solutions for better cities'

Looking for ideas on how to improve a city’s air quality, support local jobs, or involve citizens in accommodating refugees? Scores of tried-and-tested city solutions have been published online by URBACT, the EU learning and exchange programme for integrated, sustainable urban development.

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publication date: 25-07-2017

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European city seminar - New skills for an inclusive labour market

This seminar in Netwerkstad Twente* will focus on the challenges related to the transitions in the economy and what Europe can do to help create employment opportunities.

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start date: 25-09-2017
end date: 26-09-2017

  •  culture
  •  economy

Going global through culture: Check the findings from our study visit in Barcelona and Terrassa!

A group of 30 specialists attended a study visit hosted by Barcelona and Terrassa in June.

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publication date: 14-07-2017

  •  culture
  •  economy

Report EUROCITIES Study visit Barcelona and Terrassa June 2017

Barcelona and Terrassa hosted in June a study visit on 'Local events with global impacts:Cities strengthening their international creative position through world-class cultural events and facilities', as well as an international seminar on city identity and reputation for economic, social and cultural development

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publication date: 14-07-2017

Registration NOW open for our Autumn Social Affairs Forum

EUROCITIES will hold its next Social Affairs Forum on 25-26 October in Gothenburg to discuss the role of cities in promoting a more social Europe and in delivering on a European Pillar of Social Rights. Our working groups on employment, homelessness and urban ageing will be meeting shortly before the Social Affairs Forum, on 23-24 October in Gothenburg

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publication date: 13-07-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

EUROCITIES 2017 Ljubljana - latest news, website and registration

Registration is now open for our annual conference, which will be held on 15-17 November on the theme of ‘circular cities’.

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publication date: 28-06-2017

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NEW video with highlights from our spring social affairs forum in Lisbon

On 3-4 April, 140 participants from 40 cities met at the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Lisbon to address the common challenge of deep-seated poverty and rising inequalities, and to discuss possible solutions.

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publication date: 23-06-2017