City Hall hosts roundtable for Eastern European community

25 July 2014

The Deputy Mayor of London, Victoria Borwick, today met with representatives from the Eastern European community living in the capital, at a roundtable in City Hall.

The event brought together 24 community representatives from Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland and Romania. It was organised by the Mayor’s office as part of an ongoing engagement programme with all of the capital’s diverse communities, which includes City Hall receptions, community-based festivals and the annual State of London debate.

Around 369,200 Eastern Europeans currently call London home, according to the 2011Census, and live and work in every borough in the capital. They have an important role to play in London’s future success and prosperity and the Mayor is keen that they have access to as wide a range of opportunities as possible.

The Deputy Mayor discussed the work that the Mayor is doing to help improve the lives of everyone living in London. This includes his £70 million Regeneration Fund, towards major long term improvements to town centres and high streets in order to drive growth and prosperity; and his vision for London as a leading world city, which encompasses help for all Londoners in securing crucial jobs and training opportunities, and supports the capital’s entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses.

Deputy Mayor, Victoria Borwick, said: “All Londoners have a role to play in the life of this city through working, volunteering and adding to its cultural richness. This was an extremely useful meeting in terms of hearing about the aspirations and concerns of this group of Londoners, and allowed us to share with them the Mayoral strategies, policies and programmes that may support them in living healthy, happy and fulfilled lives.”