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

Commission kicks off the European Semester 2018 with high focus on the European Pillar of Social Rights

On 22 November, the European Commission kicked off the European Semester for 2018 by releasing the Annual Growth Survey, Joint Employment Report and the new Employment Guidelines. This comes three days after the joint proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights at the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg.

news

publication date: 23-11-2017

  •  culture

Local actions, better future. The legacy of Culture for Cities and Regions

Programmes such as Culture for Cities and Regions allow cities to develop and grow. It is imperative therefore that we build on the successes we have already seen and experienced. It is also important that the EU continues to support peer-learning programmes between cities, so they can keep learning from each other This was the main message from Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Coundil during the conclusions of the Culture for Cities and Regions final event last October. Read the full...

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publication date: 23-11-2017

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

ROCKs living lab in Eindhoven

The tech savvy city of Eindhoven hosted the second work-shadowing visit of ROCK, which focused on the living lab approach to urban innovation, mastered by the city. The three ROCK replicator cities Bologna, Lisbon and Skopje got inspired by this method of trial and error and got concrete recommendations and tips on how to transfer Eindhoven's good practices to their local context.

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publication date: 23-11-2017

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

'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' - Webinar

Interested in joining the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Ourcampaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Thursday 23 November to give you more information and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign.

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start date: 23-11-2017
end date: 23-11-2017

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

'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' - Webinar II

Interested in joining the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Ourcampaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Friday 24 November to give you more information and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign.

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start date: 24-11-2017
end date: 24-11-2017

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

publication

publication date: 22-11-2017

Achieving symbiosis, Riga visits Barcelona through CITIES GROW on 17-19 October

Migrants arriving in a new city often have the same question: How can I work? The desire to rapidly create a symbiotic dynamic between new arrivals and their new environment is one that cities naturally share.

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publication date: 17-11-2017

  •  cooperation

Cities welcome the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and ask to be involved

Today, 17 November 2017, marks a milestone in our social Europe. After 20 years since the last EU summit on employment, an EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth took place in Gothenburg at the initiative of the Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. The summit gathered heads of state and government from nearly all EU member states and social partners as well as civil society representatives to discuss fair jobs, inclusive growth, equal...

news

publication date: 17-11-2017

EU Observer: Mind the gap - inequality in our cities

Laia Ortiz, chair of EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum and deputy mayor of Barcelona writes for EU Observer on the need to rethink how welfare instruments provide social justice in our cities.

publication

publication date: 17-11-2017

Political speech delivered on 'Social Rights for All' at the Social Affairs Forum in Gothenburg

Andreas Schönström, the vice-chair of the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum and deputy mayor of Malmo, gave an inspiring political speech at the Forum meeting in Gothenburg on 26 October. His speech introduced the recently-adopted EUROCITIES statement 'Social Rights for All'. You can read the full speech below.

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publication date: 17-11-2017