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.

  •  cooperation

NEW video with highlights from our spring social affairs forum in Lisbon

On 3-4 April, 140 participants from 40 cities met at the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Lisbon to address the common challenge of deep-seated poverty and rising inequalities, and to discuss possible solutions.


publication date: 23-06-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Urban Innovative Action: topics for the third and fourth call announced!

The Urban Innovative Actions initiative unveils the topics selected for the third and fourth Call for Proposals to be respectively launched at the end of 2017 and 2018.


publication date: 22-06-2017

  •  economy

European city seminar - New skills for an inclusive labour market.

Netwerkstad Twente, the province of Overijssel, in cooperation with Eurocities, will organise a seminar on the new skills needed to ensure an inclusive labour market that helps build social and economic stability in Europe. Cities and regions play an important role in educating young people,especially those with a distance to the labour market, in securing sufficient job opportunities. Developing innovative skills through education can better prepare young people to access the labour...


start date: 25-09-2017
end date: 26-09-2017

  •  cooperation

EUROCITIES Call for expert for research of the role of local governments in social welfare policies

In the context of the debate about the future of social Europe and the shaping of the European Pillar of Social Rights, EUROCITIES wants to emphasise the importance of cities in social inclusion and inclusive labour market, on the basis of strong evidence from research. For this, we want to commission research that will take stock of the evidence that we have already collected in EUROCITIES and place it within an analytical framework built upon the main trends identified in the most...


publication date: 19-06-2017

  •  economy

European wages have not recovered from the crisis

Close to a decade after the start of the crisis, wage growth is far from matching pre-crisis rates.


publication date: 13-06-2017

  •  cooperation

Strong emphasis on local level in the 2017 country-specific recommendations

On 22 May, the European Commission published the Country Specific Recommendations for 2017.


publication date: 12-06-2017

Social enterprises flourishing in Brno

On 1 and 2 June, the working group Smart Social Inclusion met in Brno. The event included a visit to the impact hub of the city, to social enterprises and discussions on how cities can harness the potential of social entrepreneurship for the benefits of their citizens.


publication date: 09-06-2017

Youth employment: are we going in the right direction?

The 2017 Joint Employment Report’s Scoreboard of Key Employment and Social Indicators looks at policy efforts to address challenges for young people, including unemployment and inactivity and the latest results are out.


publication date: 06-06-2017


publication date: 01-06-2017

Save the date for our next Social Affairs Forum!

EUROCITIES will hold its next Social Affairs Forum on 25-26 October in Gothenburg to discuss the role of cities in promoting a more social Europe and in delivering on a European Pillar of Social Rights.


publication date: 22-05-2017