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.

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Highlights from our Social Affairs Forum online – cities respond to the COVID crisis

More than 90 representatives from 55 cities met online for the Social Affairs Forum meeting to discuss the social consequences of the COVID-19 crisis and how to mitigate them.

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publication date: 28-05-2020

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EU budget and recovery – Reclaiming the future for cities after COVID-19

Cities were hit hardest by the corona pandemic - Dario Nardella, mayor of Florence and vice-president of Eurocities, declares a state of social and economic emergency for his city and many others across Europe. In an article published on Euractiv, he argues that cities are key for a sustainable recovery in Europe.

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publication date: 27-05-2020

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  •  economy
  •  environment
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The path to paradise begins in hell

This famous line of Dante Alighieri made me think of the current crisis and how we are all moving from a hell-like emergency phase to the recovery of our economies and societies.

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publication date: 19-05-2020

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Key messages from EUROCITIES-OECD webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on employment

EUROCITIES has brought together European Commission (EC), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to present the key challenges of the COVID19 on the labour market and employment in a webinar organised on 12 May. Done in partnership with OECD, the online event gathered more than 190 city practitioners.

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publication date: 18-05-2020

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  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Cities Today: Cities need more support from the EU in light of the coronavirus

Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES, shares some thoughts on much needed solidarity at this time, and what cities are already doing to respond both now and for the longer term.

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publication date: 11-05-2020

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Key messages from our city dialogue on mitigating the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in cities

EUROCITIES brought together 120 strategists from 60 European cities across 23 countries in direct dialogue with OECD to discuss the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in cities and how to tackle them.

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publication date: 07-05-2020

Key messages from our city dialogue on social services in the time of coronavirus

EUROCITIES brought together 50 city experts from social services in 35 European cities in direct dialogue with OECD to discuss common challenges related to COVID-19 crisis, exchange on social measures to respond to this crisis and share know-how, good practices and lessons learned so far.

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publication date: 30-04-2020

Take part in our social affairs forum events from home

The EUROCITIES social affairs forum team is organising a series of online events for cities to get involved from home and engage in mutual learning despite closed borders and social distancing.

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publication date: 27-04-2020

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start date: 27-04-2020
end date: 27-04-2020

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publication date: 27-04-2020

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  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

The three Rs

We find ourselves amid a historical crisis with terrifying health implications and obvious socioeconomic consequences. To survive these shocks many of us are taking one day at a time; feeling grateful for our health and those around us. Meanwhile, we must start thinking as soon as possible about post-emergency plans.

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publication date: 21-04-2020

Gijon pledges to the European Pillar of Social Rights

Gijon is the latest city joining the EUROCITIES campaign 'Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City'. Gijon's Mayor, Ana Gonzalez Rodriguez, signed a strong pledge to gender equality, which is principle 2 of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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publication date: 08-04-2020