The EUROCITIES social affairs forum team is organising a series of online events for cities to get involved from home and engage in mutual learning despite closed borders and social distancing.
Highlights from our SAF meeting and political debate online
Our Social Affairs Forum held a meeting online on 27 May 2020 that connected together more than 90 representatives from 55 cities to discuss the social consequences of the COVID-19 crisis and how to mitigate them. Deputy mayors from Athens, Barcelona, Leipzig, Malmo, Utrecht, Vienna and Zagreb engaged in a direct dialogue with the European Commission Director for Social Affairs, Katarina Ivankovic. They discussed common challenges related to the COVID-19 crisis, exchanged on social policy measures to respond to the crisis and shared lessons learnt so far, as well as concrete ideas for working together between cities and the European Commission in the post-covid recovery.
Members had the opportunity to get first-hand information directly from the European Commission about the new EU recovery package and how this will reinforce the EU social agenda. Finally, members got invited how to stay actively involved and provide inputs to the EUROCITIES advocacy actions to ensure a strong urban dimension in reinforcing social Europe and building a fair and inclusive recovery.
Upcoming online Working Group meetings
All our SAF working groups are holding their meetings online this spring, due to COVID-19 outbreak. The WG study visits are re-scheduled for autumn 2020 (to be confirmed).
Join our online WG meetings to get informed, share updates from your city and get actively involved in our advocacy work towards the EU institutions:
- 11 June at 10.30 - 12.30 CET - WG Urban Ageing. This e-meeting will focus on cities' key strategies and measures to support the elderly in times of COVID-19 crisis. Register here
- 16 June 2020 at 11.00 - 12.30 CEST - WG Housing - The e-meeting will start with a direct dialogue with MEP Kim van Sparrentak the rapporteur of the European Parliament's report on access to decent and affordable housing for all. Register here
- 18 June 2020 at WG Employment - Join this meeting to get engaged in a dialogue on the recovery measures to prevent and combat unemployment with focus on skills training and life-long learning programmes. Register here
Upcoming online city dialogues
We are also organising a series of online city dialogues to inform, connect cities and facilitate city-to-city dialogue on responses to fight COVID-19 crisis and its impact. Our city dialogues enable the exchange of experiences and inspire mutual learning between cities. Indeed, mutual learning is essential for cities to face the current challenges and to inform the EU and member states how to calibrate their support.
- 16 June at 14.00 - 15.30 - City dialogue on the impact of COVID-19 on women. The dialogue will discuss women's triple burden: home office, home caring, home schooling; women's unequal employment situation and violence against women. Register here Further information and agenda here
- 23 June at 10.00 - 12.00 - City Dialogue on the role of the entrepreneurship and SMEs in the economic recovery. Focus on new tools and instruments proposed by the EU to support entrepreneurship and SMEs affected by the pandemic crisis. Register here
- 30 June at 10.00 - 12.00 - City dialogue on the role of cities in the economic recovery. Join us to exchange on how cities are working on recovery plans and discuss the role of cities in the Green recovery of the EU economy, with a special focus on the EU Recovery Plan. Register here Further information and agenda here
Past online WG meetings
Find here the recent WG meetings we organised online this spring:
WG Homelessness, 28 April 2020, 10.00 – 12.00 CET. This e-meeting focused on city updates on homelessness with a special emphasis on the challenges and policy measures to respond to COVID-19 emergency and beyond. Watch the recording
- WG Migration and Integration, 6 May 2020, 10.00 - 12.00 CET. This e-meeting focused on EU policy updates and city updates on measures for integration of migrants and asylum-seekers with a special emphasis on service provision to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Watch the recording
- WG Education, 15 May 2020, 10.00 - 12.00 CET. Members exchanged and discussed practical considerations and pragmatic solutions in cities for the exit strategy to return to school in the context of COVID-19. Read the key trends from cities here
- WG Roma inclusion, 2 June 2020. Watch the recording
Past city dialogues on corona responses
Here is an overview of recent city dialogues we organised on corona responses:
- 29 April from 11.00 – 13.00 CET – City Dialogue on social services responses to COVID-19. Guest speakers from OECD discussed directly with city experts from social services about emergency social measures to respond to COVID-19 crisis, with a focus on targeted support to the most vulnerable groups. You can read the key messages and watch the recording
- 4 May from 14.00 – 15.30 CET - City Dialogue on reopening childcare services. Further information
- 7 May from 11.00 – 13.00 CET - City Dialogue with OECD on socio-economic territorial impact of COVID-19 crisis in cities and how to mitigate this impact. You can read the key messages and watch the recording.
- 12 May 2020 from 10.00 - 12.00 CET. City Dialogue with ILO, OECD and DG EMPL on the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the labour market. Read the key messages and watch the recording.
- 18 May from 10.00 – 12.00 CET - City dialogue on volunteering during Covid-19. Watch the recording
- 26 May from 10.00 – 11.00 CET – Social cost-benefit analysis, how does it work? Watch the recording
- 28 May from 14.30 – 16.00 CET – City Dialogue on Green Recovery: relaunching the economy with the Doughnut model in Amsterdam. You can find the presentation from Amsterdam on our website and Watch the recording
- 29 May from 11.00 – 12.30 CET - City Dialogue with WHO on urban preparedness of public health measures. Watch the recording
This page will be updated regularly with news about our online events relevant for SAF. Stay tuned!