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The European Commission highlights the work and good practices of our Social Affairs Forum in 2016, recognising EUROCITIES as a key organisation in promoting social inclusion and inclusive labour markets and fighting poverty with a specific focus on the reception and integration of refugees.
The Commission recognises the added value of the work of EUROCITIES to share knowledge and exchange ideas between member cities, which have a direct impact on policies at local level through the mutual learning and city-to-city mentoring activities organised in our social affairs forum. Specifically, the Commission mentions EUROCITIES in a recent report (pages 39-40) that shows examples of innovative projects supported by the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation in 2014-2017.
The report highlights that “with the support of the EaSI grant, EU policy-making has been enriched with good practices from the local level, with the analysis of challenges faced by the cities in implementing such policies as migration and integration, skills, the Youth Guarantee and the EU urban agenda, and with suggestions for their improvement. Dedicated projects for mutual learning and knowledge transfer have been created among cities on Roma integration, migrant integration, social housing, inclusive labour markets, active inclusion of homeless people, social innovation and inclusive public services.”
As a good practice, the Commission identified the policy change in Gdansk which took place due to the transfer of good practices among cities on refugee and migrant integration and inclusive labour markets. Specifically, Barcelona and Ghent visited Gdansk in April 2016 to support the city to develop an action plan for migrant integration. As a result, the ‘Gdansk Integration Model’ was adopted by the city council in June 2016. This example of city-to-city mentoring is considered by the Commission to be a cost-effective model for local policy development and a valuable practice to be replicated across Europe.
The Commission report also recognised the EUROCITIES work in 2016, with examples such as the two meetings of SAF in 2016: one in Nantes (focusing on the involvement of citizens in social innovation) and one in Athens (focusing on the inclusion of refugees); the position paper on the European Pillar of Social Rights; the policy evidence gathered in the report on ‘City responses on preventing radicalisation and violent extremism: social inclusion as a tool?’; many articles to raise awareness and enhance knowledge on the work of cities on social inclusion; and two new websites – Solidarity Cities and Cities at Work.
This monitoring report aims to serve as guidance for public, private and civil society actors wishing to apply for EU funding, and provide policy-makers with innovative ideas to design. The EaSI programme is managed directly by the European Commission and serves as a financing instrument at EU level to promote employment and social inclusion.
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