Seventh European Round Table on poverty and social exclusion: extracts from the round table and the meeting
End production: 17/10/2008 First transmission: 17/10/2008
The 7th European Round Table against poverty and social exclusion was held under the French Presidency of the Council of the EU in Marseille on 15-16 October 2008. It focused its work on the issue of active inclusion in the light of the Commission recommendation published in September 2008 and experiments implemented by the French government in this area. The work of the Round Table also contributed to the preparation of the European Year of combating poverty and social exclusion in 2010. For the first time, an informal ministerial meeting on the fight against poverty immediately followed the roundtable. It aimed to both strengthen political commitment from Member States in this area, and make recommendations which could feed the December Council on active inclusion.
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||View of Marseille: harbour
||Exterior view of Palais du Pharo
||General view of the opening session (6 shots)
||Elise Willame, Chairperson of the European Social Protection Committee (CPS), (in FRENCH) on a report on active inclusion that would be based on data from the national reform programs and the strategic reports of social protection and social inclusion
||Cutaway: press around Martin Hirsch, French High Commissioner for Active Solidarity against Poverty
||General view of the workshops (8 shots)
||Visit of "L'école de la deuxième chance"- teaching success, in Marseille (3 shots)
||Cutaways (2 shots)
||Closing session: Vladimír Špidla, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, (in FRENCH) saying that the European Union, the Member States, with the European Commission, are determined to take measures to reduce poverty
||Martin Hirsch (in FRENCH) saying that they try to look at how Europe can stop to see poverty stabilized, how Europe can tackle the poverty of poor workers, the poverty of children, and situations of extreme poverty; this is a moment where they will build on a new act, that is the recommendation issued by the Commission on active inclusion, to translate it into concrete action
||Jérôme Vignon, Director for Social Protection and Integration in the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the EC, (in FRENCH) saying that to really reach the roots of the financial crisis, which are ethical, moral, roots - each does best for its interests and does not care about others - they must seek a society where people are concerned about others, precisely, so a society of cohesion; it is in the context of genuine concern for the fight against poverty, the inclusion of all, thus of solidarity, that they will find the impetus to have financial solidarity among all States, all institutions because they also have a common good that is financial interdependence