social affairs

Our social affairs forum works to strengthen the involvement of local authorities in the development and implementation of national and EU social policies, as well as promoting the exchange of knowledge between cities on tackling poverty and exclusion.

The main work of the Social Affairs Forum (SAF) in 2018 will be focusing on four priorities:
  • social cohesion and integration of refugees
  • inclusive labour markets
  • tackling deep-seated poverty and homelessness
  • influencing the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights 
The SAF will continue its work on policy dossiers such as long term and youth unemployment, housing, homlessness, innovation in social services, smart social inclusion, education, active and healthy ageing, migration and Roma inclusion that are at the core of the EU social agenda.
The forum will also further develop implementation of the Work Declaration and inclusion of asylum seekers through the "Solidarity Cities" initiative and the "Cities GROW" project. The forum will also look at how the European Social Fund it is put into practice in cities especially in relation to youth employment, preventing early school leaving, improving access to services and supporting the integrated approaches to tackling social disadvantage.
Over the past six years, the SAF’s work on active inclusion has helped develop and consolidate the cities’ activities. The Forum will continue to draw lessons on past work and projects such as Cities for Active Inclusion, Integrating Cities and labour market inclusion, including green jobs and social procurement. Best practices on integrated services for employment, social inclusion and social investment at local level will be built upon.
The Social Affairs Forum plans to work together with the other policy forums in 2018, in particular with the economic development forum, on themes that link social inclusion with other policy areas.


Laia Ortiz
Deputy Mayor for Social Rights


Andreas Schonstrom
Deputy Mayor

EUROCITIES staff contact

Bianca Faragau-Tavares
EUROCITIES Brussels Office
Policy advisor


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