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.
This week, Nantes became the nineth city to pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Deputy Mayor Abbassia Hakem signed a strong commitment on principle 19 on housing and assistance for homeless.
publication date: 31-01-2019
This week, Barcelona became the seventh city to sign a pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Deputy Mayor for Social Rights, Laia Ortiz, signed pledges to principle 14 on minimum income and principle 19 on housing and assistance for the homeless.
publication date: 24-01-2019
Register NOW for the EUROCITIES high-level political event at the European Parliament on 21 February
EUROCITIES will launch a new political initiative to show cities’ concrete contributions to a more cohesive and inclusive Europe starting from local level. EUROCITIES deputy mayors will present their pledges to act on the principles of the EU Pillar for Social Rights through dedicated investments for city measures. This will take place at an event of EUROCITIES at the European Parliament on 21 February 2019 in the presence of Members of European Parliament and high-level Commission...
publication date: 24-01-2019
Barcelona published a White Paper on the future of work and jobs based on deep analysis of the state of play of the local labour market and interviews with employment experts. Promoted by Barcelona Activa, the local economic development agency of Barcelona City Council, the book analyses concepts such as basic income, education, technology, robotics, the ageing of the population, women empowerment, new generations and flexible working hours. The White Paper provides a guide and...
publication date: 21-01-2019
This week, Vienna became the 6th city to sign a pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights with a strong commitment to principle 2 on gender equality.
publication date: 18-01-2019
Save the Date for our autumn Social Affairs Forum meeting that will take place on 22-24 October 2019 in Warsaw. The forum’s theme is: ‘Inclusive Cities for All: How to ensure social inclusion and well-being for all ages?’
start date: 22-10-2019 end date: 24-10-2019
The Energy Advice Points are a Barcelona City Council service that offers the necessary information, assistance and intervention for people to exercise their energy rights and prevents companies from denying them access to basic utilities.
Commission recognises the need to channel EU funds to build capacity of local governments for Roma inclusion
On 4 December, the European Commission released a communication on the evaluation of the EU Roma Framework 2011-2020.
publication date: 03-01-2019
EUROCITIES published a report with findings and lessons from the study visit it organised to Timisoara on 12-14 June 2018. This activity is part of the EUROCITIES mutual learning programme for cities working on Roma inclusion at local level, which receives funding support from the European programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSi) under the strategic partnership with the European Commission DG EMPL.
publication date: 02-01-2019
Social Rights for All: Roma inclusion at local level - report from EUROCITIES study visit to Timisoara
This is the report from the study visit that EUROCITIES organised to Timisoara on 12-14 June 2018. This activity is part of the EUROCITIES mutual learning programme for cities working on Roma inclusion at local level, which receives funding support from the European programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSi) under the strategic partnership with the European Commission DG EMPL.