While the EU and national leaders are now discussing plans for the EU Recovery Fund and the revision of the EU budget for 2021-2027, cities are pro-actively setting out measures to mitigate the social and economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis on people, jobs, businesses, the local economy and equality and inclusion in our cities. This requires a good understanding of the consequences and impact of the COVID-19 crisis we are dealing with in our cities.
The way towards recovery is long and uncertain but we need to start by analysing the real extent of the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our cities, which can be the basis for the mitigation measures integrated into the local recovery plans we are developing in our cities. This is also an opportunity for systemic change in our cities not only to undo the effects of this crisis but to have a fresh start for building more inclusive, equal and sustainable cities and contributing to an inclusive Europe.
This city dialogue will focus on assessing the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on cities. We will bring together strategists from different European cities in a dialogue with OECD to discuss what are the socio-economic consequences of COVID-19 in our cities and how to tackle them. We will look into the recent analysis of OECD on the territorial impact of COVID-19 and will apply the findings to our cities.
11.00 – 11.10 Welcome and introduction by EUROCITIES
11.10 – 11.45 Presentation of findings from the OECD analysis on the territorial impact of COVID-19
11.45 – 12.45 Interactive discussion between city representatives – moderated by EUROCITIES
12.45 – 13.00 Final remarks and follow-up
Questions for discussion
What is the impact (or effects) of the COVID-19 crisis on your city? Consider all areas:
- economic impact: which economic sectors, companies and workers are most affected?
- fiscal impact: drop in revenues for municipal budget: tourism, taxation etc.?
- social impact: poverty, inequality, social inclusion, effects on vulnerable groups?
- societal impact: on social life of the city, on public services, on housing etc.?
- How are you assessing the impact in your city on short, medium and long terms? How is this work coordinated in your city?
- What are the policy responses you have put in place in your city to mitigate the impact(s)?
- What funds are you using in your city to mitigate the impact of the crisis? Are you able to use EU funds? Are you able to use the flexibility in state aid rules? How exactly?
- What is the vision for your city post-corona crisis? Do you see any opportunities to invest in a more sustainable and inclusive city? Are there any changes your city is considering?