cohesion policy

Cohesion policy is vital to economic growth and social cohesion across Europe. For many cities, structural funds provide essential support for major investment programmes which directly impact on the quality of life of citizens and the liveability and attractiveness of cities.

Today, cities account for 75% of the EU’s population, 80% of energy use and 85% of Europe’s GDP. Yet currently, only 10% of EU regional funding is directly dedicated to urban issues. We are working to strengthen the investments in cities via the structural funds in the next programming period from 2014 - 2020.   

The Commission’s proposals for the draft structural funds regulations, published on 5 October 2011, recognise the need for investing in cities. The proposals include many innovations with the potential to deliver integrated development on the ground and drive smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for the benefit of all – not only for those living in cities.

We welcomed the Commission’s proposals as a strong starting point and we have been working to maintain the strong urban dimension in the further negotiations on the future cohesion policy to ensure an adequate level of investment in our cities across the EU. 

We believe that the European model of well-managed urban concentration is the most sustainable form of development and our European cities are assets in terms of global competition. Only metropolitan Europe can compete with the power of emerging megacities of Asia and Latin America. Without investing seriously in our major cities, we will not be able to maintain our global competitiveness. A strong urban agenda is not only important for cities but for the economic future of Europe as a whole.

Social Affairs Forum digital edition 9-10 November 2020

On 9-10 November 2020, Eurocities held its Social Affairs Forum online on the theme: ‘Cities for just transitions: Supporting local labour markets for an inclusive recovery and fair transition’.

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start date: 09-11-2020
end date: 10-11-2020

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publication date: 10-11-2020

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

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publication date: 05-11-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment

The Urban Economy Forum

The Urban Economy Forum is a Toronto-based initiative that focuses on urban economics and municipal finance. Together with UN-Habitat and International City Leaders (ICL), they are collaborating to promote innovative approaches to urban governance and management. The aim is to assist city leaders to establish prosperous urban futures that are economically, socially, politically and environmentally viable. The Urban Economy Forum in collaboration with UN-Habitat is organizing the Second...

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start date: 05-10-2020
end date: 06-10-2020

Brno pledges to support children, people with disabilities and the elderly

On 15 September 2020, Brno signed a pledge to improve childcare, the inclusion of people with disabilities and long-term care, reaffirming its strong commitment to principles 11, 17 and 18 of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). These commitments are part of the ‘Strategy Brno 2050’, which seeks to provide quality, accessible public services to those in need of social assistance.

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publication date: 17-09-2020

  •  economy

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publication date: 24-07-2020

  •  economy

What does the next 7-year EU budget mean for cities?

The European Commission has put its cards on the table, and this week national leaders agreed to the biggest ever EU budget proposal, to support recovery in Europe.

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publication date: 24-07-2020

  •  cooperation

Share your views on the future of social Europe

The European Commission has opened a broad public consultation on the future of social Europe. The consultation will gather ideas and recommendations for new policy actions or legal initiatives needed on different levels (EU, national, regional and local) to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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publication date: 16-07-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Highlights from our WG Children meeting online - cities united to mitigate COVID-19 impact on children

From the disruption of their schooling to their social skills and mental health and well-being, the pandemic has had a strong impact on children and young people. Home-schooling has deepened the inequalities in education and training. Child poverty is increasing in cities and the poorest are the hardest hit. These are some of the conclusions from the recent WG Children meeting held online on 10 July 2020.

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publication date: 15-07-2020