employment

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.

  •  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.

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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").

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publication date: 08-06-2018

  •  economy

EUROCITIES forum leaflet 2018 - economy

A leaflet featuring the activities of EUROCITIES economic development forum

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publication date: 07-06-2018

EUROCITIES forum leaflet 2018 - social affairs

A leaflet featuring the activities of EUROCITIES social affairs forum

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publication date: 07-06-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

The European Commission proposes the InvestEU Programme

On 6 June 2018 the Commission published the proposal to create the InvestEU Programme, for the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027.

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publication date: 07-06-2018

European Commission conference: "Creating value together. Towards joint business opportunities with social economy and traditional enterprises" - 3-4 July 2018, Brussels

This conference is organised on behalf of the European Commission by a Technopolis Group lead consortium in the context of the study “Cooperation between social economy enterprises and traditional enterprises”, commissioned by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission.

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start date: 03-07-2018
end date: 04-07-2018

  •  economy

Commission consultation on integration of long-term unemployed into the labour market

This public consultation aims to gather views on the implementation of the measures of the Council Recommendation of February 2016, such as providing a single point of contacts for all services targeting long-term unemployed people. Inputs on future actions needed to support these people are also welcomed.

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publication date: 24-05-2018

  •  economy

European Semester 2018: Commission issues recommendations for member states to achieve sustainable, inclusive and long-term growth

The European Commission publishes today the 2018 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), setting out its economic and social policy guidance for member states for the next 12 months.

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publication date: 24-05-2018

Cities meet in Barcelona to learn about the intercultural strategy to Roma inclusion

On 14-15 May, the working group Roma inclusion met in Barcelona to learn about the city’s rights-based approach and intercultural strategy to Roma inclusion both concerning domestic, Spanish Roma, as well as the integration of Roma coming from Eastern Europe.

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publication date: 22-05-2018

City Training: 'Measuring homelessness in Europe'

La Strada, Support center for the homeless sector for the Brussels Region, is organising a Training School 'City counts in Europe' in collaboration with the research institutes of Budapest, Bratislava and Basel.

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start date: 25-09-2018
end date: 27-09-2018