23/06/2010 - 24/06/2010
The conference acknowledged past achievements of the ESF in supporting EU objectives, in particular the previous Growth and Jobs strategy and explored how the ESF could contribute in the most effective manner to the new Europe 2020 strategy.
The main objective of the Europe 2020 Strategy is to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. This will require action at all levels, from the EU-level down to the local level. The European Social Fund will have to play a key role to support the Europe 2020 strategy. In this context the Commission had convened a high level conference on the contribution of the ESF to the Europe 2020 strategy. “Shaping the future of the ESF - ESF and Europe 2020”.
Moderator: Lenia Samuel, Deputy Director General, Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities
In this plenary session the panellists explored the links the future ESF should have to the overarching EU policy objectives and notably to Europe 2020.
Discussant: Thomas Bender, Acting Director ESF, Coordination, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities
This session was about how to maximise or facilitate learning in the formulation and implementation of ESF actions and about the role of the Commission in this and in facilitating mutual learning.
Chair: Antonella Schulte-Braucks,Head of Evaluation and Impact Assessment Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities
Discussant: Robert Walker, Professor of Social Policy, Deputy Head of Department Social Policy and Social Work, University of Oxford
This session explored how the ESF should relate to other EU policy instruments in order to avoid overlaps, ensure complementarity.
Chair: Peter Berkowitz, Head of Conception, forward studies and impact assessment Unit, DG Regional Policy
Discussant: Hélène Clark, Director, Lifelong Learning: policies and programme, DG Education and Culture
This workshop looked more specifically at the delivery systems and proportionality.
Chair: Santiago Loranca-Garcia, Head of Belgium, France and Slovakia Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities
Discussant: Manuela Geleng, Head of Germany, Austria & Slovenia Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities
This workshop looked more specifically than the second plenary session into possible priorities and scope of ESF and linked to that the question of added value.
Chair: Thomas Bender, acting Director ESF, Coordination, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities
Discussant: Radek Maly, Head of Employment Analysis Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities
Moderator: Peter Stub-Jorgensen, Director ESF, Monitoring of Corresponding National Policies II, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities
The chairs of the four workshops held the previous afternoon, summarised the contributions and the ensuing debates
Brian Burgoon, Senior lecturer political science department, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pascale Gruny, Permanent rapporteur on the European Social Fund to the Employment Committee, President of the European Parliament Working Group on the European Social Fund Debate with participants
Overview of the conference
Robert Verrue, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities
The way forward
László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion