Athens is the 13th city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. Mayor Georgios Kaminis signed a strong commitment to principle 1 on education and principle 3 on equal opportunities.
To promote lifelong learning, Athens is delivering an Action Plan with specific measures to:
- transform municipal spaces into learning and sports spaces to respond to real time needs of residents for learning and skill building
- develop and support small-scale learning projects (e.g. grassroots initiatives) that are open and free to the public
- link learning with community-building through participatory planning, community engagement and accessibility for all in order to achieve integration and social cohesion
To ensure equal opportunities, Athens is offering basic services to all residents regardless of gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. This is done by:
- expanding service provision with support from the European Social Fund to create Community Centres, Centres for Migrant Integration and the Centre for Roma Inclusion
- training municipal staff to provide non-discriminatory and equal access to services to all residents
- increasing capacity for service delivery by collaborating with relevant state actors and NGOs
Mayor Georgios Kaminis said: “A stronger Europe is only possible if all actors take an active part in building and delivering an effective social policy. Athens aims to develop as an inclusive, sustainable and resilient city with the participation and active involvement of all its residents".
Read the full pledge below.
Athens follows 12 other cities that signed pledges to the EU Pillar of Social Rights: Madrid, Stuttgart, Gothenburg, Ljubljana, Braga, Vienna, Barcelona, Timisoara, Nantes, Leipzig, Warsaw and Turku. This is part of the EUROCITIES initiative ‘Inclusive cities for all: Social Rights in my city’. This initiative aims to build political momentum to get mayors and deputy mayors to implement Pillar principles at local level.
EUROCITIES will continue this campaign throughout 2019 as part of its strategic partnership with the European Commission under the Employment and Social Innovation programme. We aim to gather pledges from many cities on different principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. We will officially launch this campaign during a political event at the European Parliament on 21 February 2019.