Europe is facing high levels of unemployment and shortages of skills and the coming decades will see Europe’s workforce shrink due to its ageing population. There is a growing awareness of the need for reskilling, skills development and lifelong learning to better match the supply and demand of Europe’s labour market. 

Recent years have seen labour market responsibilities devolve from the national level to the regional and local levels. We have also seen the creation of new public-private partnerships in employment policies, and a rise of active labour market policies and ‘work first’ approaches.

The Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth sets the ambitious target to increase the employment rate in Europe to 75%, which demands better policies, better cooperation and better policies on education and life-long learning.

Our working group employment is a platform for cities to exchange good practices on local labour market policies. We work together with the EU institutions to profile the role local authorities play in shaping effective labour market policies and the importance of including cities in the governance of the European social agenda.

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

Building Social Europe - flagship conference

On the occasion of the first anniversary since the proclamation of the European Pillar of social rights, EU, national and local decision makers will gather in Lisbon for a 2-days conference, together with social partners, civil society and academia.


start date: 29-11-2018
end date: 30-11-2018

How is education doing in Europe?

The 2018 OECD report on education is out. Despite high education level when compared to other parts of the world, Europe still has many challenges to face. And cities can make the difference.


publication date: 14-09-2018

The Skilllab startup calls for partner cities to test innovative app for labour market integration

In preparation for the official launch of their skill assessment application in early 2019, the startup Skilllab is looking to partner with cities interested in adopting new, innovative approaches to labour market integration of migrants and refugees.


publication date: 13-09-2018

European PES network: stakeholder conference on the 'Future of work'

A mutual learning event will take place in Brussels on 8 November 2018, organised by the European Public Employment Services network.


start date: 08-11-2018
end date: 08-11-2018

  •  environment

European Solidarity Corps: a new unmissable opportunity for cities!

The European Commission has launched a brand new initiative allowing cities and municipalities to involve young European citizens to build a more inclusive and sustainable society. Cities can present project proposals on a wide range of policy areas and receive funding for their implementation.


publication date: 03-09-2018

Register NOW for the study visit and WG meeting on Roma inclusion on 24-25 September in Leeds

Our autumn meeting of the working group Roma inclusion will take place on 24-25 September in Leeds. It will bring together cities from different corners of Europe to learn and inspire one another on how to address inequalities and foster the inclusion of Roma people, Europe's biggest ethnic minority. The meeting will include a study visit and an exhibition of projects and services that support Roma inclusion in Leeds.


publication date: 17-08-2018

Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart will look into social sustainability and social rights

Do you wish to make your city socially sustainable for the future? Do you want to deliver social rights for all people in your city? Join our autumn Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart on 23-24 October to learn and be inspired on how to achieve these ambitions.


publication date: 09-08-2018

Call for external evaluator on impacts - Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme

We are looking for an external evaluator to assess the impact of the EUROCITIES mutual learning activities under the Employment and Social Inclusion (EaSI) operating grant 2018.


publication date: 18-07-2018

  •  economy

The art of the trade deal includes cities

Ruptures in large-scale trade negotiations, and differences in trade outlook with the current US administration, risk weakening the delivery of public services to EU citizens. A spate of bilateral trade agreements, including with Japan, have followed. However, these only address delivery of essential services and citizens’ concerns on an ad hoc basis.


publication date: 27-06-2018

New Commission report on childcare recognises good practices from EUROCITIES

On 8 May, the European Commission released a report on the development of childcare facilities for young children with a view to increase female labour participation, strike a work-life balance for working parents and bring about sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe (the "Barcelona objectives").


publication date: 08-06-2018