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The onset of the economic crisis has increased the risk of poverty across Europe making the need for action to fight poverty all the more pressing. In mid-January 2014 Peer Reviewers met in Brussels to hear about the approach in Belgium where the Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion involves a wide range of stakeholders to formulate policy recommendations.
Host Country: Belgium
Date: 14-15 January 2014
Peer countries: Austria - Bulgaria - Czech Republic - Finland - France - Greece - Ireland - Malta
Stakeholders: the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) and the Social Platform
The Belgian Platform is designed to feed into the Europe 2020 Strategy, which includes the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion as one of seven flagship initiatives. Since 2011 the Belgian Platform has brought together a wide variety of participants, including government representatives, social partners, social services, NGOs and – crucially – people experiencing poverty, for quarterly meetings. Although the Platform has no real policy making authority, it provides an important forum for open dialogue and increasing awareness of the European framework for fighting social exclusion.
Ms Renate Haupfleisch (ÖSB Consulting GmbH)