This year's European Meeting of People experiencing Poverty focuses on in-work poverty and will be held on 9-10 November at the MCE Conference & Business Centre in Brussels.
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The objectives of the event are:
- to gather people experiencing poverty's input on policies to foster social convergence in Europe,
- to strengthen the participation of people experiencing poverty in policies that affect them.
The meeting will provide an open space for discussion and exchange between people from different EU countries, and is an opportunity for people experiencing poverty to have their say in European policymaking. This will be done by bringing together people experiencing poverty, representatives of national governments and EU institutions, European and national NGOs and academics.
Marianne Thyssen, the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, will participate in the opening plenary.
This event is organised by the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) with the financial support of the European Commission and in association with the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Annual European Meetings for People Experiencing Poverty have been organised since 2001.