Inclusive Cities for All


  • City: Lyon
  • Country: France
  • Population: 1 074 695
  • Location: 45.763420|4.834277

The President of the Métropole de Lyon, Bruno Bernard, has re-affirmed in March 2021 the strong commitment made in 2019 on 5 principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. He went even further and announced plans with 6 new commitments.

Lyon signed a Metropolitan Coherence Pact with 59 municipalities of the metropolitan area to guide each of their commitments on 11 of the 20 principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Lyon goes further with 6 new commitments in 2021:

  • on equal opportunities (principle 3): Lyon metropole has appointed vice-presidents dedicated to combat discrimination, to ensure equality between men and women, and also equality between territories. It is also implementing equal treatment and diversity mission through action plans within its human resources policy.
  • on minimum income (principle 14): as of 2021, Lyon is piloting a minimum income scheme for young people aged 18-25 who are disengaged from the social welfare system. Lyon will offer an innovative support following an integrated approach by which young people receive an allowance and at the same time support to access training, housing and healthcare.  Special attention is paid to young people leaving child welfare (institutional care).
  • on healthcare (principle 16): Lyon is supporting prevention in mental healthcare with an emergency grant to a qualified foundation to provide psychological support to adults and youth facing difficulties during the covid-19 crisis.
  • on inclusion of people with disabilities (principle 17): Lyon is dedicating €2.8 million in 2021-2024 to support projects to develop inclusive housing to prevent isolation of elderly and people with disabilities.
  • on long-term care (principle 18): Lyon is developing innovative tools to prolong the autonomy of the elderly, is supporting caregivers (‘helpers’) including the running of a centre for caregivers and is raising the profile of care professions.
  • on access to essential services (principle 20): Lyon is committed to adopt a proactive approach to social services by investing in training social workers to address the needs of the most vulnerable people, piloting ‘drop-in’ services, and combating digital divide through a strategic plan for digital inclusion supported by more than €2.6 million from ERDF and ESF.

On the 2019’s commitments:

  • on active support for employment (principle 4): Lyon committed in 2019 to support local employment through its ‘Charter of 1,000 Companies’. By 2021, Lyon has involved 1,071 companies to employ over 2,500 people. Next, Lyon is committed to improve the attractiveness of jobs in the new, green and digital sectors, create training pathways and coordinate a network of employers in the sector.
  • on gender equality (principle 2): Lyon signed the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local life at the end of 2019 and since then has put in place an action plan supported by the ESF to develop a culture of equality within its services.
  • on work-life balance (principle 9): Lyon has piloted teleworking since 2019, even before the pandemic, and has been investing in a caretaker service (administrative services, food, daily life) that benefits nearly 1,800 public employees, over 75% of whom are women.
  • on childcare and support to children (principle 11): Lyon plans to invest €850,000 over 2021-2027, from municipal budget and ESF+ support, to strengthen support for less well-off parents in their educational role.
  • on housing and assistance for the homeless (principle 19): Since its commitment in 2019, Lyon has launched 7,276 housing projects, the majority of which are social housing. The metropole is committed to continue its Housing First approach and to implement a new strategy to reduce squats and shelter the homeless.

The President of Lyon Metropole, Bruno Bernard, said: “I am pleased to renew today the commitment of the Métropole de Lyon to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights and to contribute to the new EU action plan. We firmly believe that metropolitan areas play a crucial role in balancing equality, social inclusion and environmental transition. We are glad that the European Union is proposing social actions, and we wish for more global and incentive policies in the future. To implement the principles on the local level innovative governance is essential together with a strategic approach based on proximity. This is the very purpose of our Metropolitan Coherence Pact signed with the 59 municipalities of our metropolitan area to guide each of our commitments on the 11 of the 20 principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights.”

On 24 January 2019, Lyon metropole (‘Grand Lyon’) became the 21st city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights.

The Former President of the Métropole de Lyon, David Kimelfeld, signed a strong commitment to five principles of the EU social pillar:

Principle 4 on active support to employment
Principle 2 on gender equality
Principle 9 on work-life balance
Principle 11 on childcare and support to children
Principle 19 on housing and assistance for the homeless

To provide active support to employment, Grand Lyon pledges to:

  • Deliver the Metropolitan Programme for Social Insertion through Employment for 2016-2020.
  • Allocate a yearly budget of €240 million (including €6 million in ESF contributions) to support 10,000 unemployed find a job on the metropolitan labour market.
  • Mobilise 1,000 companies by 2020 to promote labour market insertion and local employment.

To promote gender equality and work-life balance, Grand Lyon commits to:

  • Implement an action plan on gender equality in 2018-2020 (including €200,000 from ESF funds for 2019-2020).
  • Organise training courses and raising awareness of gender equality among the 9,000 staff of the metropolitan administration.
  • Pilot teleworking for 140 staff in 2019 and extend to 500 in 2020 to facilitate better work-life balance and promote gender equality.

To provide childcare and support to children, Grand Lyon is committed to:

  • Implement the Metropolitan Solidarities Project for 2017-2022 to ensure better prevention, better support and better protection for children.
  • Allocate a yearly budget of €62 million to support over 100 childcare facilities and services and employ over 300 family assistants (foster families).
  • Provide each year €3 million in food aid assistance to families and €1.4 million to young adults aged 18-21.
  • Support 2,675 children and young people have a place in education institutions and 2,189 children in an establishment or living quarters.

To guarantee decent, affordable housing for all, Grand Lyon pledges to:

  • Provide minimum 8,500 new housing units each year of which 4,500 social housing in view of reaching 25% social housing in the total local housing market by 2025 (by investing each year at least €62 million in housing).
  • Implement Housing First to reduce by 50% the number of homeless by 2025.

The Former President of the Métropole de Lyon, David Kimelfeld, said: “Europe cannot function and meet the needs of all its citizens if some of them are not able to benefit from economic and social progress. In Grand Lyon, our model of governance takes social issues into account globally, in particular through public policies aimed at the most vulnerable.”

Principle 14: Minimum income
Principle 16: Health care
Principle 17: Inclusion of people with disabilities
Principle 18: Long-term care
Principle 20: Access to essential services
Principle 3: Equal opportunities

Principle 11: Childcare and support to children
Principle 19: Housing and assistance for the homeless
Principle 2: Gender equality
Principle 4: Active support to employment
Principle 9: Work-life balance