A ministerial conference of the Polish Presidency, to be held in Wrocław (Poland) on 26 September 2011, will discuss responses to the social impact of the crisis and how to intensify the support to innovation within social policies.
Ten social experiments implemented in Member States will be presented by their practicioners and evaluators. These projects cover the fields of education, employment, homelessness, minimum income benefit and youth policy.
The economic crisis has put social protection systems under strong strains across Europe. On the one hand it has considerably increased the need and the demand for social interventions (unemployment benefits, social housing, social services and social assistance in general). On the other hand, it has exacerbated the need for fiscal discipline and sustainability.
The ongoing debate on social policies after the crisis and the Europe 2020 strategy have highlighted a number of urgencies, in particular the need:
The conference will:
The conference is hosted by the Polish Presidency of the European Union and is organised in partnership with the European Commission. It happens the day before an informal meeting of the Social Protection Committee of the European Union. The 160 participants will include ministers, other policy-makers at national or sub-national levels, experts in social policies and evaluation as well as other stakeholders, including social service providers, social partners and civil society organisations.
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