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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  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

A wake up call for those who care about Europe

It is a critical time for Europe, ahead of the European elections. The success or failure of the European project will be decided in and by our cities’ ability to shape and implement policy locally.

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publication date: 21-03-2019

Have your say on the EU Semester 2019 country reports and the investment guidance for future cohesion policy

The European Commission recently published the country reports under the European Semester 2019, analysing the social and economic situation in each EU member state. The country reports include more examples and analysis related to specific urban challenges than in any other previous country reports beforehand, which is good news for cities.

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publication date: 15-03-2019

New EUROCITIES report: Cities delivering social rights

Coinciding with the launch of the city pledges at the European Parliament on 21 February, EUROCITIES also launched a new report mapping cities’ policy measures in line with the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The report covers 20 cities in 12 countries governing a total of 20 million people.

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publication date: 15-03-2019

Social Affairs Forum updates for November 2018 - March 2019

This document presents an overview of EU key policy and funding updates relevant to social affairs for the period November 2018 - March 2019.

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publication date: 15-03-2019

Join the Urban Academy on Integration of Migrants and Refugees on 21-22 May

The European Commission in collaboration with EUROCITIES is organising the 2nd edition of the Urban Academy on the Integration of Migrants and Refugees. This will take place in Antwerp on 21-22 May.

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publication date: 11-03-2019

Urban Academy on Integration of Migrants and Refugees - 21-22 May, Antwerp

City representatives are warmly invited to take part in the Urban Academy on the Integration of Migrants and Refugees, which will take place in Antwerp on 21-22 May 2019.

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start date: 21-05-2019
end date: 22-05-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

Mannheim citizens make recommendations on education, migration and economic development

Mannheim's panel event provided an opportunity for citizens to exchange views on the future of the EU and draw up suggestions on three important topics.

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publication date: 04-03-2019

Register NOW for the WG Smart Social Inclusion meeting - 27 March, Glasgow

We are pleased to invite you to join the meeting of WG Smart Social Inclusion on 27 March in Glasgow.

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publication date: 28-02-2019

WG Smart Social Inclusion - 27 March, Glasgow

We are pleased to invite you to join our next meeting of the Working Group Smart Social Inclusion on 27 March in Glasgow.

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start date: 27-03-2019
end date: 27-03-2019

EUROCITIES launches new initiative of city pledges at the European Parliament

21 cities, representing more than 20 million citizens have presented their pledges to act on the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights through dedicated investments for city measures. In total, the 21 cities pledge to invest €4.32 billion to fight poverty and social exclusion over the next 5 years.

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publication date: 22-02-2019