EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Lisbon on 3-4 April

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On 3-4 April, the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum held a meeting in Lisbon. A record number of 140 representatives from over 40 cities gathered to discuss effective ways to prevent and respond to deep-seated poverty and rising inequality in cities.

The event was opened by Fernando Medina, mayor of Lisbon, followed by a video message from MEP Maria João Rodrigues (S&D, Portugal), who called on cities to use their influence to make EU funding post-2020 more accessible to cities.

Through a mix of presentations, debates, workshops, exchanges, and a political side event, the forum participants shared coherent policies and city strategies proven to work in addressing the challenges of urban poverty and rising inequality. The three key messages from the meeting were:

1.       Cities need better access to EU funding to be able to do more to fight against poverty and inequality

2.       They need better, integrated policies at EU and national level to combine preventive measures with activation measures

3.       Cities want to do more but cannot do it alone; they need to cooperate and coordinate with other levels of government, such as via the urban partnerships set up under the Urban Agenda for the EU.

These forum outcomes were highlighted in a video message delivered by the chair and vice chair of the social affairs forum – respectively Laia Ortiz, deputy mayor of Barcelona, and Andreas Schönström, deputy mayor of Malmo –and addressed to the EU institutions and national governments.

A news article was published on EUROCITIES website highlighting the key 'take aways' from the SAF meeting, which you can access here.

You can have a look at the photos from the SAF meeting in Lisbon here.   


Thank you all for your active participation and inspiring messages!

   FINAL_Agenda_SAF_Lisbondownload/preview this file
    Participants_list_SAF_Lisbon_Apr2017download/preview this file
    Concept_note_SAF_Lisbon_FINALdownload/preview this file
    Strategy_of_SAF_Chair_2017download/preview this file
    SAF_site_visits_finaldownload/preview this file
    SAF_Lisbon_2017_workshop_information_FINALdownload/preview this file
    Speed_networking_information_SAF_Lisbon2017download/preview this file
    Practical_infosheetdownload/preview this file
    Keynote speech_ObservatoriDESCdownload/preview this file
    workshop 1_Athens presentationdownload/preview this file
    workshop 1_Birmingham presentationdownload/preview this file
    Workshop 1_Homelessness in Ljubljanadownload/preview this file
    Workshop 1_Lodz_regeneration projectdownload/preview this file
    workshop 1_Urban Poverty Partnership presentationdownload/preview this file
    workshop 2_child poverty_Riga presentationdownload/preview this file
    Workshop 2_Urban Agenda and Child Povertydownload/preview this file
    workshop 3_ESF in Viennadownload/preview this file
    workshop 3_ESF in Malmodownload/preview this file
    workshop 3_ESF in Gothenburgdownload/preview this file
    workshop 4_MinCOME Barcelonadownload/preview this file
    workshop 4_Minimum income project in Utrechtdownload/preview this file
    SAF updates presentation for Business meetingdownload/preview this file
    Cities Grow_presentation_speednetworkingdownload/preview this file
    Munich_Local education centres_presentation at speednetworkingdownload/preview this file
    Turin_UIA project CoCity_presentation at speednetworkingdownload/preview this file
    Nantes_5 Bridges project_presentation at speednetworkingdownload/preview this file
    Fondazione Housing Sociale_presentation at speednetworkingdownload/preview this file
    Leeds_Migrant Access Project_presentation at speednetworkingdownload/preview this file
    Ostend_Opportunities for children_presentation at speednetworkingdownload/preview this file
    Barcelona_plan fighting homelessness 2016-2020_speednetworkingdownload/preview this file
    Birmingham_presentation at speednetworking sessiondownload/preview this file

EUROCITIES staff contact

Bianca Faragau-Tavares