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.
Host Country: Belgium
Date: 14-15 January 2014
Peer countries: Austria - Bulgaria - Croatia - Czech Republic - Finland - France - Greece - Ireland - Malta
In Belgium, the Platform operates on the principle that wide support for policies for alleviating poverty is essential and that social exclusion often stems from the interaction of economic and social factors. With its open and transparent structure, the Belgian Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion EU 2020 brings together all relevant stakeholders (in particular policy-makers, social partners, academics, social services and people experiencing poverty) while the changing composition of participants enables flexibility to ensure that the most appropriate expertise is always covered.
The transversal, collaborative approach which the Belgian Platform involves not only improves the quality of discussions but also ensures that participants are engaged with the EU policy framework. Social inclusion is at the heart of the EU growth strategy and forms a key component in the monitoring arrangements (i.e. the National Reform Programmes and National Social Reports) for Member States and the renewed Open Method of Coordination.
Ms Renate Haupfleisch (ÖSB Consulting GmbH)