funding & investment

EUROCITIES meets Commissioner Thyssen to discuss working together to implement European Pillar of Social Rights

On 13 April, the mayor of Ghent and president of EUROCITIES, Daniël Termont and deputy mayor of Barcelona and chair of the social affairs forum, Laia Ortiz met with Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen, to discuss how cities and the European Commission can work together on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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publication date: 16-04-2018

Cities share good practices and deliver key messages at the EU Roma Week

The week 9-12 April marked the third edition of the EU Roma Week organised by the European Parliament and European Commission to celebrate the International Roma Day. During four days, policy-makers, experts, activists and civil society organisations met in Brussels to celebrate Roma culture and to debate the future of the EU Roma framework. EUROCITIES was an official partner and brought three cities (Barcelona, Ghent and Rome) to share their good practices of Roma inclusion from the...

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publication date: 13-04-2018

Lille Metropole’s innovative way to tackle long-term unemployment is to create jobs

Lille Metropole is experimenting an innovative way to tackle long term unemployment, following a call from the French government to launch such pilots in local communities with long-term unemployment ('Territoires zéro chômeur de longue durée').

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publication date: 09-04-2018

European Commission takes first steps towards a more ‘social’ European Semester

The European Commission published in March the 2018 country reports that analyse the economic and social policy reforms in EU member states and identify EU-wide trends in terms of convergence. It is for the first time that the European Pillar of Social Rights is integrated into the country reports, which shows the Commission’s commitment to use the European Semester as a key tool to implement the pillar.

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publication date: 03-04-2018

  •  economy

Highlights of our economic development forum: ‘people, firms, places’

On 26-28 March, our economic development forum (EDF) met in Braga Portugal to discuss the role of cities in the knowledge economy. 100 participants from over 45 cities, including 11 elected city politicians, shared expertise during these three days on smart and inclusive growth, investments and translating Sustainable Development Goals into local actions; focusing on SDG 8 ‘decent work and economic growth’ and SDG 9 ‘industry, innovation and infrastructure’.

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publication date: 29-03-2018

  •  economy
  •  environment

Local authorities needs for innovative finance schemes

A needs based assessment of local authorities found many similarities among cities and regions needs and barriers.

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publication date: 16-03-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Topics of the 4th Urban Innovative Action calls announced

The European Commission has announced the selection of 4 topics for the 4th UIA Call for Proposals to be launched in October 2018.

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publication date: 16-03-2018

  •  cooperation

Highlights from the Social Affairs Forum in Utrecht, 7-8 March 2018

On 7-8 March, the social affairs forum met in Utrecht. A record number of 175 participants from over 50 cities, including 15 elected city politicians and representatives of the European Commission, OECD and UN-HABITAT, took part in the meeting. They agreed cities play a key role in translating the Sustainable Development Goals into relevant actions at local level and involving citizens in the process.

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publication date: 09-03-2018

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

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publication date: 07-03-2018

  •  economy

‘Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs’: OECD 2018 scoreboard presents new trends on SMEs access to finance

For a broader overview of the SMEs access to finance, check out the OECD 2018 scoreboard on ‘Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs’.

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publication date: 06-03-2018