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. 

  •  cooperation

URBAN-EU-CHINA goes online. Visit the project’s website!

Since 1 January 2017, EUROCITIES has been part of the URBAN-EU-CHINA Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation. The recently-launched website gathers news, events and future activities.


publication date: 14-09-2017

  •  economy

European wages have not recovered from the crisis

Close to a decade after the start of the crisis, wage growth is far from matching pre-crisis rates.


publication date: 13-06-2017

  •  cooperation

Strong emphasis on local level in the 2017 country-specific recommendations

On 22 May, the European Commission published the Country Specific Recommendations for 2017.


publication date: 12-06-2017

  •  cooperation

WG Cohesion policy and structural funds & WG Urban Agenda for the EU - 28 June, Brussels

WG cohesion policy will meet in the morning of 28 June, from 9:00 to 11:30, and WG urban agenda will follow, from 11:30 to 15:30.


start date: 28-06-2017
end date: 28-06-2017

EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum - Gothenburg - 25-26 October 2017

EUROCITIES will hold its next Social Affairs Forum on 25-26 October in Gothenburg to discuss the role of cities in promoting a more social Europe and in delivering on a European Pillar of Social Rights. Our working groups on employment, homelessness and urban ageing will be meeting shortly before the Social Affairs Forum, on 23-24 October in Gothenburg.


start date: 25-10-2017
end date: 26-10-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

European Week of Regions and Cities 9-12 October 2017

The next European Week of Regions and Cities will take place from 9 to 12 October 2017 in Brussels.


start date: 09-10-2017
end date: 12-10-2017

  •  knowledge society

Green Digital Charter 2016 Awards: Bristol, Lisbon and Zagreb shortlisted in ‘Creation of European added value’ category

The winning project will be in line with the relevant EU policies and/or targets; has involved in its implementation a number of cities across Europe; and has been replicated (or has the potential to be replicated) in a number of European cities, preferably in different countries.


publication date: 19-01-2017

  •  cooperation


start date: 25-05-2016
end date: 25-05-2016

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

‘Work with us on employment issues’ say cities to EU commissioners

Mayors and politicians from major European cities today met EU Commissioners Thyssen and Bieńkowska to discuss the role of cities in creating more and better jobs.


publication date: 23-02-2016

  •  knowledge society


publication date: 22-12-2015
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