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.
EUROCITIES is looking for companies to develop the website of the ‘Inclusive Cities for All’ initiative', as part of the EUROCITIES work programme for social inclusion financed under the EU Programme for EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) 2018-2021.
publication date: 12-06-2019
EUROCITIES is looking for an external evaluator to assess the impact of our mutual learning activities under the Employment and Social Inclusion (EaSI) operating grant 2019. If you have an interest in social exclusion issues and experience in impact assessment, we hope to hear from you by 13 June.
publication date: 22-05-2019
The Danube Compass is an online portal to provide information for new inhabitants of the Danube region, many of which are migrants. It contains information about living and working in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The information is available in many different languages.
publication date: 08-05-2019
Our Social Affairs Forum will meet in Warsaw on 22-24 October to discuss how to ensure social inclusion and well-being for all ages in view of building inclusive cities for all people.
publication date: 08-05-2019
This February, EUROCITIES launched a new initiative 'Inclusive cities for all: Social rights in my city' and we announced the first 21 city pledges at a high-level political event at the European Parliament. The pledges bring a total investment of over €4.32 billion from cities over the next 5 years to fight poverty and social exclusion by delivering the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights at local level.
publication date: 07-05-2019
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EUROCITIES ‘city leaders agenda for Europe’ is a wake up call for those who care about Europe. We believe that urban and European challenges are strongly connected, and that there is a need for a deeper partnership between different levels of government to meet common challenges.
Is your city working on migrant integration, fighting poverty or other ambitious project with a strong solidarity component? Would you need extra helping hands to realise your project? Would you be willing to employ and train young people from a different European country to help you? Then, look no further and get involved in the European Solidarity Corps initiative!
publication date: 30-04-2019
How can cities support Roma to move out of camps into adequate housing? This is what 35 local policy-makers and practitioners on homelessness and Roma inclusion from 15 European cities addressed during a policy transfer study visit to Toulouse. Representatives from the Council of Europe and the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights also took part in the meeting.
publication date: 19-04-2019
Bologna became the 22nd city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. Mayor Virginio Merola signed a strong commitment to principle 2 on gender equality and principle 19 on housing.
publication date: 16-04-2019
The first-ever Social Innovation Lab of EUROCITIES took place on 25-27 March 2019 in Glasgow. Over 120 city politicians, officers and change makers (social enterprises and foundations) from over 50 cities in Europe joined forces to pilot a new way of working for ‘Making Inclusive Cities through Social Innovation’.
publication date: 02-04-2019