skills & education

  •  economy

European Semester 2018: Commission issues recommendations for member states to achieve sustainable, inclusive and long-term growth

The European Commission publishes today the 2018 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), setting out its economic and social policy guidance for member states for the next 12 months.


publication date: 24-05-2018

Cities meet in Barcelona to learn about the intercultural strategy to Roma inclusion

On 14-15 May, the working group Roma inclusion met in Barcelona to learn about the city’s rights-based approach and intercultural strategy to Roma inclusion both concerning domestic, Spanish Roma, as well as the integration of Roma coming from Eastern Europe.


publication date: 22-05-2018

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

Global Smart City Summit

The 'Global smart city summit - real solutions for cities' is part of the 2018 International Business Festival -


start date: 13-06-2018
end date: 14-06-2018

EUROCITIES meets Commissioner Thyssen to discuss working together to implement European Pillar of Social Rights

On 13 April, the mayor of Ghent and president of EUROCITIES, Daniël Termont and deputy mayor of Barcelona and chair of the social affairs forum, Laia Ortiz met with Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen, to discuss how cities and the European Commission can work together on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.


publication date: 16-04-2018

Cities share good practices and deliver key messages at the EU Roma Week

The week 9-12 April marked the third edition of the EU Roma Week organised by the European Parliament and European Commission to celebrate the International Roma Day. During four days, policy-makers, experts, activists and civil society organisations met in Brussels to celebrate Roma culture and to debate the future of the EU Roma framework. EUROCITIES was an official partner and brought three cities (Barcelona, Ghent and Rome) to share their good practices of Roma inclusion from the...


publication date: 13-04-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy

Barcelona adopts ambitious strategy to reduce inequalities

On 9 April, the Barcelona City Council adopted the Barcelona Strategy for Inclusion and Reducing Inequalities. This is a 10-year strategy that will run until 2027. The strategy won the votes of all parties in the city council and the support of all social partners and civil society.


publication date: 12-04-2018

European Commission takes first steps towards a more ‘social’ European Semester

The European Commission published in March the 2018 country reports that analyse the economic and social policy reforms in EU member states and identify EU-wide trends in terms of convergence. It is for the first time that the European Pillar of Social Rights is integrated into the country reports, which shows the Commission’s commitment to use the European Semester as a key tool to implement the pillar.


publication date: 03-04-2018

  •  economy

Highlights of our economic development forum: ‘people, firms, places’

On 26-28 March, our economic development forum (EDF) met in Braga Portugal to discuss the role of cities in the knowledge economy. 100 participants from over 45 cities, including 11 elected city politicians, shared expertise during these three days on smart and inclusive growth, investments and translating Sustainable Development Goals into local actions; focusing on SDG 8 ‘decent work and economic growth’ and SDG 9 ‘industry, innovation and infrastructure’.


publication date: 29-03-2018


publication date: 28-03-2018

  •  cooperation

Involve, Inspire, Impact

EUROCITIES working group on creative citizenship met in Utrecht to work on the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign and on other initiatives aimed at involving the public in a dialogue about the future.


publication date: 15-03-2018