working groups for social affairs

Each forum is able to set up a certain number of working groups focusing on specific policy issues. Each working group has a specific remit and tasks, for example preparing a position paper on a particular topic, or managing activities such as a European project or campaign.

Each working group consists of individuals, nominated by member cities, who are considered as having relevant knowledge and expertise. Each working group is chaired by a member city, which is also responsible for reporting back to the relevant forum on the results achieved.


This working group looks at ways to prevent young people from leaving school without qualifications and to improve the link between education and labour market.


This working group focuses on employment policies at local level.


This working group aims to strengthen local and national policies, strategies and practice on combating homelessness. The leading themes of the work are integrated approaches to homelessness, prevention, and...


This working group focuses on the role of social and affordable housing in fostering social cohesion in cities.

Migration and integration

This working group works to influence EU policies in migrant integration as well as share experiences between cities on integration governance

Roma inclusion working group

The members of this group are committed to fighting discrimination and exploitation and fostering the inclusion of Europe's biggest minority through the exchange of experiences between cities and raising...

Smart Social Inclusion

This working group focuses on: 1. better spending for better social outcomes: exploring smarter investments and innovative solutions to respond to reduced public spending and higher demand for social...

Urban Ageing

Our working group on urban ageing wants to raise awareness and improve strategies for age-friendly environments in cities.