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.

  •  cooperation

Save the date for EUROCITIES high-level political event on reinforcing social Europe with a strong urban dimension

EUROCITIES will organise a high-level political event online on 30 September to discuss 'Building a stronger social Europe for just transitions: what role for cities?' The event will be co-hosted by the European Commission and the European Parliament.

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start date: 30-09-2020
end date: 30-09-2020

  •  cooperation

Share your views on the future of social Europe

The European Commission has opened a broad public consultation on the future of social Europe. The consultation will gather ideas and recommendations for new policy actions or legal initiatives needed on different levels (EU, national, regional and local) to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights.

news

publication date: 16-07-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

Social Affairs Forum policy updates for May - July 2020

This document presents an overview of EU policy and funding updates relevant to social affairs as well as news from EUROCITIES and from member cities, for the period May - July 2020.

publication

publication date: 16-07-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  environment

100% renewable, your city toolkit

Cities need to think and act beyond their borders, consider the social and technological aspects in urban planning, and harness the ideas and potential of their citizens. These are the main conclusions of the new toolkit 'How can your city become 100% renewable?' launched by the European Green Capital Network.

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publication date: 15-07-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

Glasgow signs a strong pledge on minimum income

Glasgow signed a strong pledge on minimum income in June 2020. This is the second pledge from Glasgow, reaffirming the city's commitment to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights, after the first pledge submitted in February 2019 on housing and assistance for the homeless (ESPR principle 19).

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publication date: 24-06-2020

Madrid signs a strong pledge to gender equality

Madrid signed a strong pledge to gender equality in June 2020. This is the third pledge from Madrid, reaffirming the city's commitment to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights, after the first two pledges in autumn 2018 on principle 4 'active support to employment' and principle 11 'childcare and support to children'.

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publication date: 22-06-2020

Cities coming together for gender equality

Full gender equality is far from being achieved. On the contrary, the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential of setting back previous progress. It has had a disproportionate impact on women by: increasing the burden of their unpaid work at home; worsening their employment and economic standing; exacerbating the rates of domestic violence against women. The challenges at hand are clear across cities in the EU. This is why cities came together and discussed ways to counter discrimination and...

news

publication date: 18-06-2020

  •  economy

Highlights from our Social Affairs Forum online – cities respond to the COVID crisis

More than 90 representatives from 55 cities met online for the Social Affairs Forum meeting to discuss the social consequences of the COVID-19 crisis and how to mitigate them.

news

publication date: 28-05-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment

EU budget and recovery – Reclaiming the future for cities

Cities were hit hardest by the corona pandemic - Dario Nardella, mayor of Florence and vice-president of Eurocities, declares a state of social and economic emergency for his city and many others across Europe.

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publication date: 27-05-2020

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

The path to paradise begins in hell

This famous line of Dante Alighieri made me think of the current crisis and how we are all moving from a hell-like emergency phase to the recovery of our economies and societies.

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publication date: 19-05-2020