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.

New EUROCITIES report: Cities delivering social rights

EUROCITIES published a new report mapping cities’ existing policy measures that are in line with the principles of the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Many cities already deliver inclusive social policies to promote social rights for all people even before the EU Social Pillar was adopted. However, we found that cities’ efforts are not always known or recognised at national and EU levels.

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publication date: 08-02-2019

Athens is 13th city to sign pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights

Athens is the 13th city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. Mayor Georgios Kaminis signed a strong commitment to principle 1 on education and principle 3 on equal opportunities. 

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publication date: 07-02-2019

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  •  economy

Munich citizens' panel: nine recommendations put forward

As part of our citizens' panel initiative enabling people to experience deliberative democracy and give informed opinions about the future of Europe, Munich held an event on January 24, 2019.

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publication date: 07-02-2019

Warsaw signs pledge on childcare as part of the European Pillar of Social Rights

Warsaw became the 11th city to pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. Deputy Mayor Pawel Rabiej signed a strong commitment to principle 11 on childcare and support to children.

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publication date: 05-02-2019

Register NOW for the Social Innovation Lab on 26-27 March in Glasgow

Cities are witnessing major societal changes and increasingly complex social realities as a result of digitalisation and globalisation, demographic change and increased migration to and within the EU. To tackle these challenges and tap into the opportunities, cities need to learn to continuously innovate and to be forward-looking. Cities need to become open living labs to pilot innovative solutions to improve the quality of life in urban areas.

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publication date: 01-02-2019

Social Affairs Forum strategy for the period 2019-2020

The social affairs forum will work towards implementing its vision for inclusive and cohesive cities.

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publication date: 01-02-2019

Social Innovation Lab - 26-27 March, Glasgow

For the first time ever, EUROCITIES organised a Social Innovation Lab. The theme of the Lab was 'Making Inclusive Cities through Social Innovation'. We aimed to address the new and emerging social challenges in cities by fostering co-learning, co-sharing and co-creation of innovative solutions.

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start date: 26-03-2019
end date: 27-03-2019

Nantes is the 9th city to sign pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights

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.

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publication date: 31-01-2019

Barcelona is the 7th city to pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights

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.

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publication date: 24-01-2019

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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...

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publication date: 24-01-2019