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The austerity-only policies imposed as an "answer" to the economic and social crisis are having devastating effects on social investments, including those in social inclusion structures and services, social innovation and of course social protection systems. Such systems have always supported people's skills and capacities and their participation in society and the labour market..

However, if we want to put a halt or even reverse the disintegration of the social fabric of our cities and regions, time has come to shift our policy focus and prioritise the public budgets towards long-term investment in people

In fact, because of its stabilisation effect, the way towards long-term fair and sustainable growth cannot but go through social investment, which must become the top priority on the European political agenda.

Together with its political family, the PES Group in the CoR has been strongly involved in the fight for a binding EU Social Investment Pact, which would set investment targets for social investments to be taken up by Member States in a given timeframe in order to meet the employment, social and education targets of the Europe 2020 strategy.

In this context, this seminar aims at addressing through an open debate the current EU social policy framework and at putting on the table concrete progressive measures for improving social investment in our cities and regions. At the same time, it will feed into the discussions on the Social Investment Package, on which PES Group member Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, is the Committee of the Regions rapporteur.

 

 
 

 

 

Programme

 

Sunday 9 June 2013

19.00

Welcome Reception

 see map
 

Addresses by:

  • Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam and member of the Committee of the Regions
     
  • Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions
    & Minister-President of the German-speaking community of Belgium

 

Monday 10 June 2013

Seminar

A Social Way Out of the Crisis
 

 See map
Interpretation:
from   EN FR DE NL IT ES EL       
to EN FR DE NL
         
 
8.30

Arrival of participants
 

9.00 - 9.30

Opening of the conference

Addresses by:

  • Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions
    & Minister-President of the German-speaking community of Belgium
     
  • Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam and PES member of the Committee of the Regions
9.30

Key note address

  • Frans Timmermans, Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
9.45 - 11.00

Is the EU social policy framework fit for responding to the actual social crisis?

Open debate moderated by Marjorie Jouen, Notre-Europe (FR), with:

  • Lieve Fransen, European Commission, Director DG Employment and social Affairs
    Presentation of the European Commission's Social Investment Pact
     
  • Ad Melkert, chair of the Dutch socialist Party PvdA commission on overcoming the crisis
    What could consist of an EU Social Pact?
     
  • Michiel Servaes, Member of the Dutch Parliament in charge of European Affairs
    In times of budgetary consolidation, what measures to (re)build citizens' trust in the welfare state?
     
  • Fintan Farrell, Director of the European anti-poverty network (EAPN)
    Is the fight against poverty and for social inclusion still an EU priority?

Debate with the audience

 

11.00 - 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 - 12.30

Progressive best practices of improving social investment in the EU

Open debate moderated by Henk Volberda, Erasmus University (NL) with:

  • Josef Weidenholzer MEP, President of SOLIDAR
    Measuers to fight social disintegration
     
     
  • Hella Dunger-Löper, Plenipotentiary of the Land of Berlin for Federal and European Affairs (DE) and CoR member
    Social integration through participation

  • Emine Bozkurt, MEP (NL)
    European expriences of the social integration of migrants

Debate with the audience

 

12.45 - 13.00

Conclusions

  • Mercedes Bresso, 1st Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions (IT)
13.00 - 14.30

Departure for lunch

At the offices of the National Programme for the Amelioration of the South of Rotterdam
 See map
   
14.30 - 16.00

Study visits

 See map
 

To Charlois District (English Speaking Group) and Feijenoord District (French speaking group)

 

 
 

 

Practical information

 On this map, you will find addresses of the venues 


View Rotterdam in a larger map



 

Registrations for this event are closed


 

More information on the study visits (PDF)

  


  NH Hotel Atlanta Rotterdam, at 200m from the Rotterdam City Hall offers a special
rate of 101,21€ (111,21 € double room) for participants to the event.
 

 

 
 

 

 More info on the speakers

 Speakers

 

 
 


Karl-Heinz Lambertz
President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions,
President of the German-Speaking Community of Belgium

 


Ahmed Aboutaleb
Mayor of Rotterdam and PES member of the Committee of the Regions

 

Frans Timmermans
Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
 
 

Marjorie Jouen
Notre Europe

 

Lieve Fransen
European Commission, Director, DG Employment and Social Affairs

 


Ad Melkert

Chair of the PvdA commission on overcoming the crisis

 
 
Michiel Servaes

Member of the Dutch Parliament in charge of European Affairs
 


Fintan Farrell
Director of the European anti-poverty network (EAPN)

 
Henk Volberda
Erasmus University
 
 


Stephen Hughes MEP

Vice-President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament

 


Josef Weidenholzer MEP
President of Solidar

 
Hella Dunger-Löper

Plenipotentiary of the Land of Berlin for Federal and European Affairs and CoR member (DE)
 
 
Emine Bozkurt MEP
Member of the S&D Group in the European Parliament
 
Mercedes Bresso

First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions (IT)

     
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Documents

 

Towards Social Investment for Growth and Cohesion –
including implementing the European Social Fund 2014-2020

Communication from the European Commission

  



 

The EU Social Investment Package
Draft opinion of the Committee of the Regions
Rapporteur: Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of the city of Rotterdam

 


 

The EU Social Investment Package
Working Document of the Committee of the Regions
Rapporteur: Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of the city of Rotterdam

  


 

The EU Needs a Social Investment Pact
Opinion paper from the "Observatoire social européen"

 


 

Participation and Social Inclusion
Presentation from Hella Dunger-Löper, Plenipotentiary of the Land of Berlin for Federal and European Affairs and CoR member (DE)

 

 

 
 

 

 

 


 
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