Belgium piloted its first Health System Performance Assessment (HSPA) framework in 2008. The framework provides information to improve the basis for decision-making in health systems. Participants of this Peer Review (Belgium, February 2014) will examine and learn from the Belgian tool.
This Peer Review (Spain, March 2014) will focus on the Digital Volunteering Programme (VolDIX), a project that aims to use new technologies as a tool to deal with social problems in Galicia, Spain. Participants will share good practices and discuss the potential of ICT for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The Belgian Platform is a consultative body providing information to feed into the National Reform Programmes and National Social Reports. It also gives a high priority to the social OMC. Participants of this Peer Review (Belgium, January 2014) will discuss the outcomes of a recent evaluation of the Belgian Platform.
A Peer Review held in Zagreb (Croatia) in October 2013 examined how social entrepreneurship can both support the economic recovery and combat social exclusion by integrating disadvantaged people into the labour market.
The Danish National Homelessness Strategy, introduced in 2009 and in place up to 2013, is an example of how to implement the Housing First approach effectively within sustainable budgets. Participants of this Peer Review (Denmark, 22 November 2013) will exchange views and learn from the Danish experience.
Many EU countries face the challenge of providing elderly care in the context of shortages of trained personnel. The Peer Review in Berlin (23-24 October) provided the opportunity for peer countries to explore the German approach of recruiting and training non-EU migrants.
EU countries face a common challenge: maintaining and improving the quality of elderly care while ensuring it is both accessible and financially sustainable. A peer review in Stockholm this September explored the Swedish approach to care reform, and organised a common discussion with peer countries on these topics.
Information on pension provision remains inaccessible to many, despite their crucial role in providing a social safety net to people in old age. This Peer Review held in Madrid in July 2013 focused on good practices in Member States and supported the coordination of policies in this area.
Social enterprises are prized for their ability to offer innovative solutions to emerging social needs which are not easily tackled by the public sector or private business. Through filling this gap, social enterprises create new opportunities for growth and jobs. Indeed, they contribute to at least three key objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy - employment and growth, innovation and the fight against poverty.
Based on two schemes in place in Norway, this Peer Review is an opportunity to explore area-based policies promoting good living conditions for young people in deprived areas. The problems in these urban areas are to a large extent related to socio-economic factors; therefore most measures target the whole population while special efforts are aimed directly at residents with an immigrant background. Combatting poor standards of living amongst children and youth, and promoting social mobility in urban areas with poor living conditions is crucial for breaking the transmission of disadvantage across generations and diminishing the likelihood of social exclusion in the future.