Social Affairs Forum newsletter

Winter 2013 - Edition 25



News from Cities for Active Inclusion
News from cities


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EUROCITIES is the political platform for major European cities towards the EU institutions. We network the local governments of over 130 of Europe’s largest cities and 40 partner cities that between them govern some 130 million citizens across 35 countries.


EUROCITIES meets Balkan and Turkish cities

Elected representatives from the Balkans and Turkey came to Brussels to learn about social inclusion at local level in the EU. They visited our offices to gain an understanding of our network and its social inclusion work in the Cities for Active Inclusion partnership (CfAI). To learn more, click here


EUROCITIES 2013 Ghent, our annual conference, took place on 27-30 November. At the conference, city representatives, politicians and stakeholders debated the role of smart citizens in creating smart cities, and explored how cities can embrace and unleash the smart capacity of their citizens. You can read more about the conference here.

Winners of the 2013 EUROCITIES awards

The cities of Gijon, Brighton & Hove and Ljubljana were the winners of this year’s EUROCITIES awards. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held to mark the opening of this year’s annual conference, EUROCITIES 2013 Ghent – smart citizens taking place from 27-30 November. The awards recognise outstanding efforts by cities to engage with smart citizens to develop smart cities. For more information on the awards, the winning and shortlisted projects, click here.

Cities supporting eInclusion and citizen participation

Our new report, 'Cities supporting eInclusion and citizen participation', explores how improving digital access and IT skills among citizens leads to employability, job creation, social inclusion and integration, and helps stimulate our economies. You can read the publication here.

SAF in Belfast: the movie

During the recent EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum meeting in Belfast, we filmed some of the site visits and some interviews with members and social workers. The resulting video of the work being carried out in the city is available on our YouTube channel here.

Is the EU doing enough to fight social exclusion?

Participants at the third Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion (EPAP) reflected on how Europe is performing in fighting deprivation and achieving the Europe 2020 social targets. More info.

Stockholm conference on intra-EU migration

On 8 November, the city of Stockholm organised a conference entitled ‘How do we respond to EU-migrants – experience and initiatives from cities in Europe’. More info.

East-West cooperation on cities for Roma inclusion

The final event of our pilot project on Roma inclusion took place on 12 December 2013 in Brussels, addressing the importance of exchanging knowledge, expertise and good practices between local authorities at transnational level on how to best implement concrete local actions to promote the social inclusion of Roma. More info.

Interview: Stefano Manservisi talks migration

At our Integrating Cities conference in Tampere, we took the opportunity to talk to Stefano Manservisi, director general for home affairs at the European Commission. His interview is available here.

Migration in the city of Tampere

We took advantage of meeting with the vice mayor, responsible for migration, in Tampere, Olli-Poika Parviainen and host of the recent Integrating Cities conference to ask him about migration in the city. You can read it by clicking on this link.

News from Cities for Active Inclusion

Cities for Active Inclusion video

We produced a video of the final event of the Cities for Active Inclusion partnership which took place at the end of September in Brussels. The video is a timely reminder of the work cities do to help disadvantaged citizens. To see the video, click here.

News from cities

Cities in action: ‘One contact’

The city of Vilnius created ‘One contact’ in a move to simplify citizens’ services and improve transparency. Launched in 2003, the service brings together relevant city departments that were previously located in different sites across the city. Now they are all based in one place, the ‘visitors services division’, making it a one-stop-shop for citizens’ services. Read more about it in our ‘cities in action’ case study, here.

This publication is financed under the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007-2013). This programme is managed by the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment and social affairs area, as set out in the Social Agenda, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the EUROPE 2020 goals in these fields.

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