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02/06/2016 - 03/06/2016

FEAD Network launch conference

Commissioner Marianne Thyssen stands in front of a FEAD Network banner to give the opening address at the FEAD Network conference

The FEAD Network launch conference was held in Brussels on 2-3 June, with over 200 delegates from around Europe joining to discuss ways of delivering the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived.

The FEAD Network is a new open membership community for people providing assistance to the most deprived in Europe.

Through the Network, those working to reduce the worst forms of poverty in European countries are able to share good practice and work together to develop new ideas. In addition to regular network meetings, the Network members stay in touch through an animated online community.

The event brought together members of the FEAD Network face-to-face for the first time, with the conference open to FEAD implementing partners, Managing Authorities and other EU and national level stakeholders.

Interactive networking

The first event set the tone for future meetings of the Network, with an emphasis on interactive networking.

Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, gave the opening address, in which she stressed the importance of breaking down barriers to funding and the benefits of learning from each other.

Delegates at the event took part in sessions which offered the opportunity for knowledge sharing. Over the two-day conference, Network members were able to take part in thematic workshops, ‘café style’ discussions and interactive panel discussions with experts.

A Network for the members, by the members

Members of the Network helped to direct the discussion topics by responding to an online survey earlier this year.

Popular topics highlighted by the survey led the focus for the thematic workshops and the ‘café-style’ discussions at the conference, and will also help to direct the discussions in the new online community and future network meetings.

Find out more

You can check the Storify of the day including highlights on Twitter, and you can sign up to receive alerts from the FEAD Network.

PowerPoints from the event speakers can be found in the online community group on Yammer. Sign up to access.
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