Cities have been the hardest hit by the crisis. During the pandemic, cities have dealt with unprecedented urban challenges. It is where the need to tackle poverty, inequality and discrimination is the most urgent. At the same time, local public budgets have been eroded due to declining tax revenues and sharp increase in demand for social services and income support. With many local businesses, shops and cultural venues facing bankruptcy, unemployment is increasing.
It's time to build more resilient, sustainable and inclusive cities.
Read here the statement delivered by EUROCITIES politicians to European Commissioners Frans Timmermans, Paolo Gentiloni and Johannes Hahn: