Read more EUROCITIES published a new report mapping cities’ existing policy measures that are in line with the principles of the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Many cities already deliver inclusive social policies to promote social rights for all people even before the EU Social Pillar was adopted. However, we found that cities’ efforts are not always known or recognised at national and EU levels.
This research is the first in a series of EUROCITIES surveys to collect evidence from cities in line with the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The report covers 20 cities in 12 EU member states governing a total of 20 million people. The evidence was gathered directly from city authorities and their relevant administrative departments. The responses fed into a comparative analysis to identify trends and map inspiring practices.
Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City
21 cities, representing more than 20 million citizens presented their pledges in February 2019 to act on the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights through dedicated investments for city measures. In total, the 21 cities pledge to invest €4.32 billion to fight poverty and social exclusion over the next 5 years.
In the presence of Members of the European Parliament, Commission officials and over 100 policy-makers, EUROCITIES launched a new political initiative ‘Inclusive cities for all: Social rights in my city’. Half of the city pledges collected so far focus on municipal measures for provision of more affordable housing and support for the homeless, reflecting a pressing challenge for cities. Cities pledge to build 75,000 new affordable housing units by 2024 with an investment of over €2.17 billion.
A remarkable number of 15 deputy mayors and city representatives (from the total of 21 cities) travelled to Brussels and presented their city pledges in the European Parliament EUROCITIES launches new initiative of city pledges at the European Parliament