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Closing Conference: The 2010 European Year is drawing to a close

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The 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion is coming to an end and the official closing ceremony is taking place on the 17 December in Brussels.

The event, which is a high point of 2010, will be filled with political declarations, prizes, key interventions, presentation of national co-funded projects and much more.

The Conference will be an opportunity for Member States to highlight one of the national co-funded projects that took place in the framework of the European Year. At the Project path session: “Sharing, learning, inspiring” participants will be able to learn more about what happened at national level by visiting the country stands. The projects are diverse in terms of their content and size, they go from theatre initiatives to conferences, to working with people experiencing poverty to stakeholders, often combining the two.

Throughout 2010 journalists from all over the participating countries submitted written and audiovisual entries to the European Year Journalist Award. The articles or audiovisual entries cover poverty and social exclusion. The winning national and EU entries can be consulted at the Journalist Award stand at the conference. The winners will be presented by Lesley-Anne Knight European Ambassador of the European Year.

At the afternoon session Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Yves Leterme, Prime Minister of Belgium will be present.

The Employment Council declaration on the 2010 European Year will be signed by the Ministers present at the conference. It additionally hoped that the declaration will be included in European Council which will be taking place at the same time. This would be a strong signal to the commitment of the European Union leaders to put combating poverty and social exclusion at the top of the political agenda.

You can watch the conference in live streaming