Posts Tagged ‘Economic Crisis’

The Right Skills, Fair Pay and Access to Quality Jobs: Reflections on the German Dual System and How Cities Can Tackle the Youth Jobs Crisis

“That says it all. Here they use a BMW cabriolet for apprentice mechanics to train on – back in Italy it’d be an old Fiat cinquecento!” A Transnational Delegation at Kaiserslautern Vocational Training Centre We were walking through the vocational training centre in Kaiserslautern, and my Italian colleague was not the only one feeling green […]

By Eddy Adams, on November 26th, 2013 at 19:11

Jobs and Growth in the European Union? Reflections on the 2013 European Employment Forum

URBACT was heavily involved this year, for the first time, in the annual conference on Employment in Europe in Brussels on the 12th and 13th of November. Highly appropriate, as the Jobs agenda is an important part of URBACT’s  agenda, projects and capitalisation work and Urbact now has much to contribute to the job generation […]

By Prof. Mike Campbell, on November 21st, 2013 at 18:27

How can we boost economic development?

There is certainly no straightforward and simple answer to this question. Anyone who had an answer like this would have found the philosopher’s stone (a legendary alchemy substance said to be capable of turning base metals into gold). Nevertheless, partner cities from URBACT OP-ACT project met in Altena a few months ago and discussed issues of […]

By URBACT, on February 22nd, 2013 at 16:30

Demanding more from the weakest

Controversial decision from the Spanish government to ban any loans by municipalities from January 2011. The socialist government of Rodriguez Zapatero passed last week a law with immediate effect that forbids local governments to contract debt to finance investment. The decision, which was adopted without prior notice or debate, came as a surprise for all […]

By URBACT, on May 31st, 2010 at 10:14

Homeless People in European Stations (HOPE)

In his book “Down and Out in Paris and London”(published 1933), George Orwell sketched a documentary picture of itinerant homelessness where the underlying causes and effects, many might argue, are little changed some 80 years on. In the URBACT Tribune Heidrun Feigelfeld returned to a feature of this theme in her article “Lost Job – […]

By URBACT, on May 3rd, 2010 at 14:16

Financial devolution: postponed again due to economic crisis?

As stated last year by Peter Mehlbye, Director of the ESPON Coordination Unit, “when addressing the global economic recession it is crucial to underline that the crisis is in progress and not over yet, despite first encouraging signs of recovery”. Unfortunately, in the first months of 2010 early impressions of recovery are being altered by […]

By URBACT, on March 30th, 2010 at 17:11