Europe 2020

The Europe 2020 strategy is the EU's growth strategy for this decade. This cross-cutting strategy sets out the EU’s political and financial priorities and aims to transform Europe into a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020.

The strategy sets out five targets for the EU to reach by 2020:

  • employment: 75% of 20-64 year-olds should be in employment

  • R&D/innovation: 3% of the EU's GDP (public and private) should be invested in R&D/innovation

  • climate change: the EU aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% (or even 30%) compared to 1990 levels, and aims to get 20% of its energy from renewable energy sources and increase energy efficiency by 20%

  • education: reduce school dropout rates to below 10%; at least 40% of 30-34 year olds should have completed third level education

  • poverty/social exclusion: reduce the number of people living in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion by 20 million

The Europe 2020 strategy identifies new means for boosting growth and jobs, outlined in seven flagship initiatives:

Smart growth

  • digital agenda for Europe

  • innovation union

  • youth on the move

Sustainable growth

  • resource-efficient Europe

  • an industrial policy for the globalisation era

Inclusive growth

  • an agenda for new skills and jobs

  • European platform against poverty

We believe that, with the right support, cities can play an important role in delivering on the Europe 2020 targets.

Click here for more information on Europe 2020. 

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publication date: 22-12-2015
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Skopje seeks cooperation with other European cities to become greener

Skopje becomes first non-EU city to sign our Green Digital Charter, which promotes the use of ICT for energy efficiency.

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publication date: 21-10-2015

Rennes Metropole signs Green Digital Charter

Already a signatory of the Covenant of Mayors, member of our knowledge society forum and in the process of designing a smart city local agenda, Rennes Metropole decided it was time to sign our Green Digital Charter.

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publication date: 02-10-2015

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  •  environment

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publication date: 09-09-2015

  •  economy
  •  environment

European Parliament recognises role of local authorities in green employment

A new resolution adopted by the European Parliament shows strong recognition of the role of local authorities in capitalising on the growth potential of the green economy.

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publication date: 04-09-2015

Open days 2015 : Inclusion of mobile EU citizens

As part of the 2015 Open Days of the Commitee of Regions, EUROCITIES is organising with the DG Justice of the European Commission a workshop on the inclusion of Mobile EU citizens.

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start date: 13-10-2015
end date: 13-10-2015

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Green jobs for social inclusion

Our new collection of good practices highlights how cities are promoting employment and social inclusion in the green sector for vulnerable groups, such as young people and the long term unemployed.

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publication date: 15-06-2015

  •  environment

NEWSflash: EUROCITIES publication 'Green Jobs for Social Inclusion'

Our new collection of good practices highlights what cities are doing to promote employment and social inclusion in the green sector for vulnerable groups such as young people and the long term unemployed.

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publication date: 02-06-2015
press releases

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

EUROCITIES statement on the Energy Union Package

A localised Energy Union of smart cities – for jobs, prosperity and sustainability

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publication date: 13-05-2015
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  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Valencia signs our Green Digital Charter

Maria Àngels Ramón-Llin, Valencia’s councillor for the environment and sustainable development, signed our Green Digital Charter (GDC) on behalf of her city on 24 April.

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publication date: 05-05-2015