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.
European Commission publishes the first 2018 quarterly review on employment and social developments in Europe
Today, the Commission has published the first quarterly review of 2018 on employment and social development in Europe (ESDE). The report highlights a solid economic growth of 0.7% GDP combined with improvements in the labour market.
publication date: 12-02-2018
Rome adopted a new Roma Plan in May 2017. The Plan aims to support Roma people to leave the encampments and integrate into the labour market and in society by improving their access to education, employment, housing and healthcare. The Roma Plan includes actions for labour market activation, professional training and services for housing inclusion.
publication date: 12-02-2018
On 23 January, the high-level task force on investing in social infrastructure in Europe, chaired by Romano Prodi, published a report that looks at investing in social infrastructure in Europe such as healthcare, education and affordable housing. The report is the result of a one year work of the high-level task force comprised by representatives from the European Long-Term Investors Association, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the Council of Europe Development...
publication date: 05-02-2018
Are you interested to learn about what cities can do for social sustainability? Is your city already working to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals? Or perhaps you or your city are searching for inspiration from other cities in Europe? Then, join us for the Social Affairs Forum in Utrecht on 7-8 March.
publication date: 01-02-2018
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Are the cities of the future to be a series of opal blue utopias, or streets of bent necked citizens crouching over screens?
publication date: 30-01-2018
start date: 05-03-2018 end date: 06-03-2018
The European Commission has lunched, on 19 January, a call for proposal on social innovation and national reforms: innovative work-life balance strategies to facilitate reconciliation of professional and caring responsibilities.
publication date: 26-01-2018
EUROCITIES has conducted a research on the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in the labour market at local level. The report is based on the findings from 19 cities from 12 EU member states.
EUROCITIES produced a video about the good practice of Cluj-Napoca in desegregating a Roma neighbourhood through integrated interventions for Roma inclusion in the city.
publication date: 22-12-2017
In 2017, EUROCITIES contracted an external expert to research the changing role of cities in designing and delivering social inclusion and welfare policies.