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.

  •  economy

Social economy to combat long-term unemployment – Highlights from the policy transfer in Lille Metropole

“Fighting unemployment is inseparable from the ideal society we want to build. This is the ambition which leads Marc Godefroy, Counsellor and Lille Metropole’s team in their actions to fight long-term unemployment.

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publication date: 19-11-2019

  •  economy

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publication date: 14-11-2019

Combating long-term unemployment: watch Lille's inspiring video

If your city is looking for inspiration about how to combat long-term unemployment, check out this video from Lille Metropole to discover how its innovative approach is succeeding in creating job opportunities through social economy.

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publication date: 13-11-2019

Call for external expert - preparation of an analytical report on the European Pillar of Social Rights - Housing and assistance for the homeless

EUROCITIES is looking for an external expert to produce a report on the implementation at local level of principle 19 of the European Pillar of Social Rights – Housing and assistance for the homeless. If you have an interest in urban policies related to social housing and tackling homelessness, we hope to hear from you by 15 November.

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publication date: 05-11-2019

Highlights from Social Affairs Forum in Warsaw on 22-24 October

The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum met in Warsaw on 22-24 October 2019 to discuss the topic of ‘Inclusive cities: Ensuring social inclusion & well-being for all ages’. The first paper free forum meeting had a great attendance of 150 participants, from 50 cities including 15 politicians and representatives of European Commission, European Investment Bank, UNICEF, EUROCHILD and beneficiaries of Warsaw’s ESF projects. The two-days meeting offered the opportunity to identify what works to...

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publication date: 05-11-2019

Strasbourg’s Re-let my vacant housing scheme

Strasbourg has developed a novel scheme enabling vacant private housing to be reintroduced as social housing. Through support for owners of empty homes and a toolbox for rental management, the city is creating more affordable homes for poorer households while also promoting social diversity and sustainable development.

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publication date: 11-10-2019