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.
In recent years, the EU has put increasing emphasis on the promotion of social cohesion as a central element for the improvement of quality of life for its citizens. With initiatives such as the Europe 2020 strategy, the social investment package and the European Pillar of Social Rights, the goal to promote fairer and more inclusive societies has taken centre stage. But is this EU goal hitting a home-run with EU citizens, or is the reality closer to a strike out?
publication date: 14-11-2018
Solna's new project on Digital Employeeship: building competences to use smart and efficient digital work tools
Solna has identified strategic competence attraction and digitalisation as two of the main future challenges. The city's new project on Digital Employeeship, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), aims to provide city administration managers and employees with the competences needed to use smart and efficient digital work tools.
publication date: 13-11-2018
Affordable Housing crisis: intergenerational inequalities and exclusion of young people from qualitative job
On 9 November, the World Bank has launched ‘The Living and Leaving: Housing, Mobility and Welfare in the European Union' report which analyses how the affordability of housing impacts labour productivity, growth and opportunities for citizens in the EU’s 28-member states.
publication date: 12-11-2018
At the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart on 23-24 October 2018, Stuttgart presented its model for integrating refugees. The focus is on a holistic approach based on integration of services made accessible and available to refugees while catering for their individual needs for integration in the city.
publication date: 31-10-2018
Stuttgart is the second city to sign pledge to turn principles of the EU Pillar of Social Rights into action
At the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum, held in Stuttgart on 23-24 October 2018, Stuttgart became the second city to commit to turn the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights into concrete actions at local level. Stuttgart will invest €3 million a year to meet principle 17 on the inclusion of people with disabilities.
publication date: 30-10-2018
Cities at the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart issue recommendations for a more socially sustainable Europe
The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum met in Stuttgart on 23-24 October 2018 to focus on the theme of 'Together for Socially Sustainable Cities: Anchoring the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve Social Rights for All'.
publication date: 26-10-2018
City politicians and experts from over 50 major European cities have called on the EU to strengthen commitments for a more social Europe.
The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum met on 23-24 October 2018 in Stuttgart to discuss ‘Anchoring the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve Social Rights for All’. Over 120 participants from 40 major European cities agreed to make cities socially sustainable for the future by linking the EU Pillar of Social Rights, the SDGs and the Urban Agenda for the EU. The participating cities propose 10 recommendations to achieve a more socially sustainable Europe in 2019-2024.
The European Social Fund (ESF) is a major source of funding for cities. It supports city measures for social inclusion, labour market integration, vocational training and skills development.
publication date: 18-10-2018
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In September 2018, the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization of the World Economic Forum has released a report on the adaptation of urban landscapes and administrations to the fourth industrial revolution.
publication date: 17-10-2018