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ESN Newsletter
  December 2016
 
 
 
 
 
The European Pillar of Social Rights – towards a people’s Europe?
 

The European Social Network (ESN) launches its position paper on the European Pillar of Social Rights – an initiative of the European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker to give a stronger social focus to the EU political agenda.

 
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How to bring innovation to health and social care
 
The European Commission presents its new vision for digital innovation in care to stakeholders from all relevant sectors and levels of government at innovation summit in Brussels.
 
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Strengthening cooperation between employment and social services in Spain: challenges and opportunities
 
Spanish representatives from each of the regional public employment and social services and the representatives from the central administration met in Brussels on 27-28 October 2016 to discuss ways to reinforce cooperation. ESN’s Policy Director Alfonso Lara Montero chaired a working group on integrated pathways.
 
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Why the 18th birthday can be a sad day for unaccompanied minors
 
ESN’s Policy Officer Kim Nikolaj Japing undertook two visits to selected member organisations focussing on how public authorities in France and Sweden deal with the integration of unaccompanied minors.
 
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Which common values will shape Europe’s future?
 
ESN Chief Executive John Halloran spoke about values, local communities and social services at the “European rendez-vous” (Rendez-vous européens) in Strasbourg, coordinated by the Council of Europe (COE).
 
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A closer look at demographic change
 
Experts from Europe and Canada discuss the current situation, challenges and advancements related to the impact of demographic change on ageing and health topic.
 
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Promoting inclusion and implementing rights: EU holds annual disability conference
 

Under the aegis of the European Commission and the European Disability Forum (EDF), 280 participants came together to celebrate the European Day of Persons with Disabilities (EDPD). Key themes discussed were active inclusion, independent living and integrated services.

 
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How social services across Europe cope with a historic migration challenge
 

A European Commission conference provided an opportunity to exchange insight about integrating unaccompanied children at the local level.

 
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A Boost for Young People and Migrants in the EU
 
The 2017 EU budget and First European Vocational Skills Week signal youth and migrants are a priority for the EU. Over four million under-25s are unemployed in the EU and local public services are struggling to support migrants. New initiatives and funding unveiled this month by the EU is important progress.
 
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Towards a People’s Europe - Response to the European Commission consultation on a proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights
 
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Connecting Europe with local communities: social services priorities for the European Semester 2017
 
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