Cities’ views on the employment, poverty reduction and education goals

Eurocities' policy paper gives an insight of the Europe 2020 objective of reducing early school leaving

Since the launch of Europe 2020 in 2010, European cities have continued to experience the social impacts of the financial crisis, including an exacerbation of poverty among at-risk groups; an increasing trend of early school leaving; and greater youth unemployment.

In this policy paper, Eurocities calls for better involvement of cities in the Europe 2020 strategy by engaging them directly in preparing the National Reform Programmes, as well as strengthening their role in the implementation of EU funding in order to develop socially-innovative policies at local level.

The paper provides an insight of the Europe 2020 objective of reducing the school drop-out rates to below 10%, from the perspective of European cities. According to the document, despite an overall decrease in the number of early school leavers in the EU, a number of cities have reported increased early school leaving in poorer areas. This indicates a more complex urban trend in relation to early school leaving.

The network also highlights the importance of maintaining the current poverty, employment and early school leaving targets, and promoting a comprehensive European social policy in partnership with European cities.

Click here to read and download the policy paper.