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 2015 will be in the areas of comprehensive social inclusion policies as well as employment promotion in benefit of the people living in Europe’s cities.  The forum priorities for 2015-2016 include:
  • social cohesion and integration of refugees
  • inclusive labour markets
  • tackling deep-seated poverty and homelessness. 
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. This work will be supported by a partnership with the European Commission (2014-2017) under Employment and Social Innovation programme.
The forum will also further develop implementation of the Work Declaration and inclusion of asylum seekers through dedicated work in these fields. The forum will also look at how the new round of EU funding, and in particular 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 ntegrated 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 2016 on themes that link social inclusion with other policy areas, such as mobility, environment or culture.

vice chair

Maarten Van Ooijen
Deputy Mayor for Social Affairs

EUROCITIES staff contact

Bianca Faragau-Tavares
EUROCITIES Brussels office
Senior policy advisor


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