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.

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

Cultural heritage, social and economic returns

Cultural heritage in cities, while valuable in itself, is also something that can yield major social and economic dividends. In this webinar, we will hear from three expert practitioners from Europe, Turkey and China on how cities can leverage tangible and intangible heritage for more cohesive societies and increased attractiveness for business and tourism.


start date: 06-02-2020
end date: 06-02-2020

Join EUROCITIES initiative 'Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City'

Is your city pursuing inclusive policies? Do you work to ensure social rights for all people in your city? Then join our initiative 'Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City’.


publication date: 13-01-2020

Highlights from WG employment critical friend review on skills mismatch and development of 21st century skills

On 14-15 November, EUROCITIES working group on employment meet in Ghent to learn and exchange views on Ghent’s strategic approach on tackling the skills mismatch and develop 21st century skills. The city has shared its practice with 20 participants form 9 cities (Bristol, Lille Metropole, Madrid, Lyon, Barcelona, Gijon, Stockholm and Twente). The discussions were focused on the key challenges, success factors and lessons learnt in tackling skills mismatch and developing 21st century...


publication date: 24-12-2019

  •  economy


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.


publication date: 13-11-2019

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...


publication date: 05-11-2019