Cities offer not only the business opportunities, but the combination of services, support and infrastructure entrepreneurs and small businesses need to thrive. City governments develop policies and programmes tailored to the specific needs of local entrepreneurs and small businesses.

With the right support, we believe that entrepreneurs and SMEs will play a significant role in achieving the Europe 2020 goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Some 99% of European businesses are SMEs, and 90% of those employ fewer than ten people. Two out of every three private sector jobs in Europe are provided by SMEs.

Previous recessions have shown that new growth and jobs often come from smaller businesses. Supporting entrepreneurship is therefore crucial to improve Europe’s employment rates..

Entrepreneurship also fosters social and economic cohesion - especially in cities where development is lagging behind - by stimulating economic activity and job creation and helping integrate the unemployed or other disadvantaged groups into work.

The needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs vary widely, as do the environments in which they operate.

The European Small Business Act calls for policies relating to SMEs ‘to fully recognise this diversity and fully respect the principle of subsidiarity’. Cities are therefore ideally-placed to identify the most appropriate strategies and create favourable environments for entrepreneurs and small business to flourish. They do so by facilitating networking opportunities, managing business incubators and developing synergies between companies and research institutes, amongst other approaches.

Our working group on entrepreneurship focuses on finding ways to improve city services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. It is a platform for cities to share expertise and experience and the group closely follows European initiatives aimed at fostering entrepreneurship, and provides input to ensure that they are closely aligned with cities’ needs.

In October 2012, we published 'Helping cities foster entrepreneurship', our response to the European Commission consultation on its future Entrepreneurship 2020 action plan.  

  •  economy

Innovation Radar Prize 2018: vote your favourite innovation

From 29 October to 12 November the EU citizens are encouraged to vote for their favourite scientific and technological breakthroughs among 50 nominees who have been developing innovations through EU-funded projects.


publication date: 31-10-2018

Stuttgart's way of integrating migrants and refugees

At the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart on 23-24 October 2018, Stuttgart presented its model for integrating refugees. The focus is on a holistic approach based on integration of services made accessible and available to refugees while catering for their individual needs for integration in the city.


publication date: 31-10-2018

Cities at the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart issue recommendations for a more socially sustainable Europe

The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum met in Stuttgart on 23-24 October 2018 to focus on the theme of 'Together for Socially Sustainable Cities: Anchoring the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve Social Rights for All'.


publication date: 26-10-2018

  •  environment

Amsterdam commits to 55% CO2 emissions reduction by 2030 at the ChangeNOW Summit

Amsterdam hereby renews its commitment under the Covenant of Mayors. By committing to reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, it sets even more ambitious targets than the minimum Covenant requirements (40% emission reductions by 2030).


publication date: 03-10-2018

Making social rights a reality: the commitment of cities to deliver on European Pillar for Social Rights

Despite the European Union’s economic growth, EU is facing raising social challenges. Beside the income inequalities, new forms of inequalities are emerging as a result of technological change and ageing society. The European Pillar for Social Rights (EPSR), which was the result of the call for action made by the European Parliament, aims at better fulfilling and implementing the social rights of Europeans. EUROCITIES is launching the online campaign ‘Inclusive cities for all: Social...


publication date: 02-10-2018

The Skilllab startup calls for partner cities to test innovative app for labour market integration

In preparation for the official launch of their skill assessment application in early 2019, the startup Skilllab is looking to partner with cities interested in adopting new, innovative approaches to labour market integration of migrants and refugees.


publication date: 13-09-2018

European PES network: stakeholder conference on the 'Future of work'

A mutual learning event will take place in Brussels on 8 November 2018, organised by the European Public Employment Services network.


start date: 08-11-2018
end date: 08-11-2018

  •  economy

WG Entrepreneurship & SMEs - 17 October 2018, Grenoble

Working Group Entrepreneurship & SMEs will meet on Wednesday 17 October in Grenoble (France), during the Autumn Economic Development Forum. We are happy to invite members to join the meeting.


start date: 17-10-2018
end date: 17-10-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

Jobs and Skills Public Feedback

On 25 July 2018 the Partnership Jobs and Skills in the Local Economy of the European initiative Urban Agenda for the EU launched the online Public Feedback.


publication date: 26-07-2018