This working group (WG) focuses on employment policies at local level. The cities are committed to provide good practices and policies for integrated and quality social services to people, to ensure their active inclusion into the labour market. The main focus of the groups is to prevent long-term unemployment, to address the skills mismatch and employability, and to promote inclusive labour markets.

In 2020, the working group agreed on the following objectives:


Objective 1. Prepare the labour markets for the future of work especially for long-term unemployed, NEEETS, young people and people aged 45+

How do you want to achieve it?

Exchange of knowledge: ‘Inclusive labour market for all’ – mutual learning activity for cities to transfer policies and replicate good practices on the future of work and skills from a social dimension perspective (NEETs, LTU and digitally excluded people), spring 2020 – depending on the EaSI funding Social Affairs Forum on inclusive labour markets, 26-28 May 2020, in Zagreb.

Policy focus: Skills, up-skilling and pre-skilling, resilience at work, working with public employment services (PES), activation of LTU and NEETS, digital skills. `

EU policy to follow: Youth Guarantee, EU skills agenda, action plan for European Pillar of Social Rights, European Semester, Digital Education Action Plan


Objective 2. Promote quality of work and fair working conditions for vulnerable groups (women,

migrants, young people etc.)

How do you want to achieve it?

Exchange of knowledge: Mutual learning on the working conditions and opportunities in personal care and health jobs - in Lyon autumn 2020. Cross-sectorial work with WG migration, WG Roma inclusion and Economic Development Forum.

Policy focus: working poor, gender dimension and the payment gap, new forms of work, working with employers to ensure fair contracts, inclusion of migrants into the labour market.

EU policy to follow: European Social Fund+, European Pillar of Social Rights (chapter 1 and 2), European Unemployment benefit scheme, fair minimum wage, European Labour Authority, Work-life balance directive, European Gender Strategy


Objective 3. Support inclusive and accessible work

How do you want to achieve it?

Exchange knowledge: Building local capacity for inclusion and labour market integration of people with disabilities – mutual learning activity for cities to transfer policies and replicate good practices on the inclusion of people with disabilities (EPSR principle 17) – together with WG urban ageing and depending on the EaSI funding.

Policy focus: accessibility at work, inclusion of people with disabilities.

EU policy to follow European Disability Strategy, European Pillar of Social Rights


WG meetings and mutual events in 2020:

  • Barcelona, 15-17 April on future of work - POSTPONED due to COVID19 outbreak. 
  • Webinar on 12 May on the future of work and impact of coronavirus on the labour markets. 
  • Lyon, 1-2 October on quality of work and fair work conditions in care sector


Celine Schroeder
Chargée de mission emploi

vice chair

Shoresh Ibrahim
Senior officer on International relations and EU-projects

vice chair

Jane Taylor
Head of Service: Employment, Skills and Learning

EUROCITIES staff contact

Patricia Couti
EUROCITIES Brussels office
Policy advisor