The work and the publications issued by the different Transnational Networks during the past year have been summarised below to provide you with a global view of what has been discussed and accomplished in 2019.
The ESF Transnational Platform Annual Conference took place in May in Brussels. Several workshops were organised and different topics covered, such as youth mobility, job carving, homelessness, financial instruments and health equity. Interesting recommendations arose from these workshops. DG EMPL issued a publication gathering some lessons learnt from transnational cooperation since 2015. It focuses on mutual learning processes in the framework of the activities of the Thematic Networks.
The Employment Network met twice in 2019. In March, members gathered in Berlin for their 10th meeting for an exchange about socially innovative entrepreneurship. Their 11th meeting took place in Malta in May and addressed the topic of job carving and job crafting. The Network also published a Technical dossier on Female unemployment and work-life balance. Besides this, in the frame of the long-term unemployment (LTU) project, a dossier on the measurement of the distance travelled and soft outcomes for long-term unemployed people participating in Active Labour Market Programmes was published.
Regarding the Learning and Skills Network, their 10th meeting focused on digital Skills, the Legacy publication and the TN’s Digital Skills good practice paper. For the Network’s 11th meeting, members met in June to discuss the promotion of Dual Vocational Education and Training through the ESF. A Technical dossier on Inspirational practices for tomorrow’s inclusive digital world was published by the Network.
Three meetings were organised by the Inclusion Network. The 9th meeting was related to social housing and the Housing First approach. During the 10th meeting, members reflected on Active Inclusion and personalised pathways. In June, during their 11th meeting, the members addressed the topic of deinstitutionalisation and evaluated the Network’s work.
The Youth and Employment Network gathered twice. During their 11th meeting in Barcelona, members were informed about programmes addressing youth (un)employment in Spain. The Network’s 12th meeting took place in Tallinn and members discussed the Estonian digital outreach project and programmes targeting disadvantaged young people. The Network also published a dossier concerning “Addressing Youth unemployment through Outreach activation and Service integration”.
During it 12th meeting, the Social Economy Network discussed the support of the Social Economy ecosystem and innovative pathways of financing social activities with the ESF.
The 10th meeting of the Thematic Network on Migrants took place in Madrid in April. It had the format of a study visit and enabled the Network to explore the ESF in a Southern European setting, as well as to see two ESF funded projects aimed at migrant women. In May, the Network performed another study visit, in Rome . Participants learned how Italy is merging its ESF and Asylum and Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) to provide a more complete package of support to migrants.
The Partnership Network discussed on a revised European Code of Conduct on Partnership during its 11th meeting in Brussel in February. At their 12th meeting, members learned about the Active Project and reflected on the Network’s achievements. Two mini-peer reviews were organised and consisted of short visits to some of the promising practices encountered, which were followed by discussions with the stakeholders involved. They took place in Trento and in Brussels. Also, a Guidebook on How ESF Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies Support Partnership has been issued in March.
NB: In addition to the minutes of the Networks’ meetings, the PowerPoints of the presentations are available in the website’s library: https://ec.europa.eu/esf/transnationality/filedepot/folder/317