Europe 2020

The Europe 2020 strategy is the EU's growth strategy for this decade. This cross-cutting strategy sets out the EU’s political and financial priorities and aims to transform Europe into a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020.

The strategy sets out five targets for the EU to reach by 2020:

  • employment: 75% of 20-64 year-olds should be in employment

  • R&D/innovation: 3% of the EU's GDP (public and private) should be invested in R&D/innovation

  • climate change: the EU aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% (or even 30%) compared to 1990 levels, and aims to get 20% of its energy from renewable energy sources and increase energy efficiency by 20%

  • education: reduce school dropout rates to below 10%; at least 40% of 30-34 year olds should have completed third level education

  • poverty/social exclusion: reduce the number of people living in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion by 20 million

The Europe 2020 strategy identifies new means for boosting growth and jobs, outlined in seven flagship initiatives:

Smart growth

  • digital agenda for Europe

  • innovation union

  • youth on the move

Sustainable growth

  • resource-efficient Europe

  • an industrial policy for the globalisation era

Inclusive growth

  • an agenda for new skills and jobs

  • European platform against poverty

We believe that, with the right support, cities can play an important role in delivering on the Europe 2020 targets.

Click here for more information on Europe 2020. 

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It's au revoir from Cities4Europe

On Europe day, one year after its official launch, it is now time to wrap up and celebrate our Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens campaign!

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publication date: 09-05-2019

EUROCITIES presents to Council of Europe good practices from cities on Roma housing inclusion

EUROCITIES was invited to present good practices from cities on preventing evictions and securing access to adequate housing at the Council of Europe Dialogue with Roma and Traveller Civil Society that took place on 11-12 April in Strasbourg.

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publication date: 08-05-2019

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Cluj-Napoca citizens panel issues three recommendations on cohesion policy

As part of our Cities4Europe campaign, Cluj-Napoca held a citizens' consultation on 28 February to discuss the future of the European Union's cohesion policy.

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publication date: 07-03-2019

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Hamburg citizens panel on sustainable consumption makes three recommendations

On 11 February, Hamburg citizens were invited to participate in a panel discussion and workshop about sustainable consumption and responsibility and develop proposals to put forward for discussion at European level.

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publication date: 07-03-2019

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Nantes citizens panel makes three recommendations on health

As part of our Cities4Europe campaign, Nantes held a citizens' consultation on 28 February to ask if Europe should take better care of people's health and well being.

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publication date: 06-03-2019

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Mannheim citizens make recommendations on education, migration and economic development

Mannheim's panel event provided an opportunity for citizens to exchange views on the future of the EU and draw up suggestions on three important topics.

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publication date: 04-03-2019

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Turin citizens panel makes three recommendations on technology

As part of our Cities4Europe campaign, Turin's citizens' consultation discussed the role of technology in the socio-economic and cultural development of Europe.

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publication date: 04-03-2019

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Europe's digital agenda for the future: Amsterdam makes three recommendations

In its citizens' consultation, Amsterdam chose to ask citizens questions about privacy and digital security, the value of their data, digitalisation and accessibility.

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publication date: 01-03-2019

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Utrecht citizens panel issues three recommendations on healthy urban living

As part of our Cities4Europe campaign, Utrecht organised a citizens' consultation which enabled young people to share their views about how urban life could be made healthier and develop three recommendations for presentation to Europe's political leaders.

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publication date: 28-02-2019

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Strasbourg citizens panel issues three recommendations on climate change

As part of our Cities4Europe campaign, Strasbourg organised a citizens' consultation which enabled people to share their views and make recommendations on adaptation to climate change.

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publication date: 26-02-2019