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The conference theme underlines the importance of cities for socioeconomic development in the European territory. Europe is a city. 75 per cent of Europeans live in urban areas. They are responsible for over 80 per cent of all economic activity. ‘Prosperous cities’ equals a prospering Europe. At the same time, opportunity and prosperity are not equally distributed within the city. Every European urban area contains neighbourhoods, districts, streets that are more or less deprived. Deprived urban areas are often viewed as being problematic and harmful within the urban fabric.
Social services and their partners in education, health, employment and housing understand that they need to work together to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable individuals and to strengthen community cohesion, seeing their users in the context of where they live and work, where they bring up their children and care for their family and neighbours.