working groups for social affairs

Each forum is able to set up a certain number of working groups focusing on specific policy issues. Each working group has a specific remit and tasks, for example preparing a position paper on a particular topic, or managing activities such as a European project or campaign.

Each working group consists of individuals, nominated by member cities, who are considered as having relevant knowledge and expertise. Each working group is chaired by a member city, which is also responsible for reporting back to the relevant forum on the results achieved.

Active and Healthy Ageing

Our working group on active and healthy ageing wants to raise awareness and improve strategies for age-friendly environments in cities.


This working group looks at ways to prevent young people from leaving school without qualifications and to improve the link between education and labour market.


This working group focuses on employment policies at local level, especially with regard to young people.


This working group aims to strengthen local and national policies and strategies on homelessness and on other severely excluded people, especially those dependent on the shelter system and residential...


This Working Group focuses on the role of social housing in fostering social cohesion in cities. To this end, it aims to improve the understanding of the importance of social housing at the European level...

Migration and integration

This working group works to influence EU policies in migrant integration as well as share experiences between cities on integration governance

Roma inclusion task force

The members of this group are committed to fighting discrimination and exploitation and fostering the inclusion of Europe's biggest minority through the exchange of experiences between cities and raising...

Smart Social Inclusion

This working group focuses on the overall topic of better spending for better social outcomes. Since one of the Social Affairs Forum's priority is social cohesion in an age of austerity, the working group...