As centres of population, growth, employment, innovation and creativity, cities have an important role to play in achieving the Europe 2020 goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
We used the Europe 2020 mid-term review as an opportunity to outline some of the ways in which the EU can better support cities in achieving these goals, and to highlight the importance of working in partnership with cities.
We ask that the EU make cities stronger partners in the design, implementation and evaluation of Europe 2020 in order to improve its impact on the ground.
In particular, the EU and member states should work in partnership with cities to prepare the National Reform Programmes (NRPs) and implement the Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs).
The current governance structures and allocation of responsibilities and resources do not always capitalise on cities' potential to deliver on the recommendations of key EU policies.
Our policy paper goes on to explore the challenges faced by cities and the opportunities they offer in relation to the Europe 2020 targets in more detail when it comes to:
unemployment, poverty and early school leaving
climate and energy
research and innovation
culture, creativity and entrepreneurship
Read more about our findings in our policy paper available at the link below.