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.

  •  mobility

EUROCITIES takes part in the European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018

EUROCITIES together with city representatives from Stuttgart and Toulouse took part in the EU conference to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3-4 December 2018.

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publication date: 10-12-2018

European Parliament votes in favour of a stronger urban dimension of ESF+ 2021-2027

On 3 December 2018, the European Parliament’s EMPL committee adopted its report on the Commission's proposal for the European Social Fund+ 2021-2027. 

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publication date: 10-12-2018

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

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publication date: 04-12-2018

EUROCITIES political event at the European Parliament 'From principle to action: How to implement the EU Pillar of Social Rights at local level'

EUROCITIES will launch a new political initiative to show the cities’ concrete contributions to a more cohesive and inclusive Europe starting from local level. EUROCITIES deputy mayors will present their pledges to act on the principles of the EU Pillar for Social Rights through dedicated investments for city measures. This will take place at an event of EUROCITIES at the European Parliament on 21 February 2019 in the presence of Members of European Parliament and high-level Commission...

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publication date: 04-12-2018

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

European Commission call for speakers to present evidence on social investment

The European Commission's Social Situation Monitor (SSM) team has launched a call for abstracts for an oral presentation at an EU seminar on social investment that will take place in Brussels, in late January/early February 2019, depending on speakers’ availability.

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publication date: 21-11-2018

  •  cooperation

One year on, cities prove commitment to the social pillar

One year has passed since the EU Social Summit on 17 November 2017 in Gothenburg when the European Pillar of Social Rights was officially adopted. What has been done so far and what key actions are still required?

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publication date: 16-11-2018

New Eurofound report sheds light on social cohesion and well-being in Europe

In recent years, the EU has put increasing emphasis on the promotion of social cohesion as a central element for the improvement of quality of life for its citizens. With initiatives such as the Europe 2020 strategy, the social investment package and the European Pillar of Social Rights, the goal to promote fairer and more inclusive societies has taken centre stage. But is this EU goal hitting a home-run with EU citizens, or is the reality closer to a strike out?

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publication date: 14-11-2018

Solna's new project on Digital Employeeship: building competences to use smart and efficient digital work tools

Solna has identified strategic competence attraction and digitalisation as two of the main future challenges. The city's new project on Digital Employeeship, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), aims to provide city administration managers and employees with the competences needed to use smart and efficient digital work tools.

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publication date: 13-11-2018

Affordable Housing crisis: intergenerational inequalities and exclusion of young people from qualitative job

On 9 November, the World Bank has launched ‘The Living and Leaving: Housing, Mobility and Welfare in the European Union' report which analyses how the affordability of housing impacts labour productivity, growth and opportunities for citizens in the EU’s 28-member states.

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publication date: 12-11-2018

Stuttgart's way of integrating migrants and refugees

At the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart on 23-24 October 2018, Stuttgart presented its model for integrating refugees. The focus is on a holistic approach based on integration of services made accessible and available to refugees while catering for their individual needs for integration in the city.

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publication date: 31-10-2018