social affairs

Social Affairs Forum strategy for the period 2019-2020

Our SAF strategy is based on the long-term vision of inclusive and cohesive cities with equal opportunities for all people. We aspire to:

▪ A city of inclusive growth where everyone can access inclusive labour market, gain decent wages, high skill levels and opportunities for re-training, up-skilling and career transition;

▪ A city where everyone feels at home: diversity of backgrounds is welcomed as a source of strength for social mixing and social cohesion while discrimination and racism are deplored;

▪ A city where no one is left behind and everyone has opportunities to fully participate in society with equitable access to affordable education, housing, healthcare, social services;

▪ A city of equal opportunities for well-being in which the area where one lives does not affect their chances of graduating school, finding a job or residing a safe and warm home;

▪ A sustainable city where social investment is guiding economic and environmental policies;

▪ A city of social innovations where new technologies are used to foster social and digital inclusion, improve access and quality of services, and engage people in creating the city.


Thematic priorities:

1. A good start in life for all children and young people

2. Inclusive labour markets preparing for the future of work and skills

3. Tackling housing poverty and homelessness

4. Diversity, social cohesion and integration of refugees and migrants

5. Accessible and age-friendly services


Our strategy adopts a life-cycle approach to ensure that the needs and interests of all people in our cities are well taken care of at any age or stage of their life. This involves children having sufficient places in nurseries and schools, young people getting support to move from education and training to work, working-age adults being prepared to face changes in the world of work, all people even those inactive having a roof over their heads, elderly people being helped to fully participate in the community and every person feeling welcome regardless of their origin.

vice chair

Maarten Van Ooijen
Deputy Mayor for Social Affairs

EUROCITIES staff contact

Bianca Faragau-Tavares
EUROCITIES Brussels office
Senior policy advisor


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