The ESN workshop held in Athens in July looked at striking the balance between young people’s needs and efficient responses.

Digital economy represents an area of strategic economic importance for EU Member States so that they can be competitive worldwide and contribute to the creation of the so called knowledge-based society. On 21 April, civil society organisations were called to debate the opportunities and obstacles of the digital market in order to foster e-inclusion and e-skills.

In Germany, the ‘Education and Participation Act’ offers discretionary support for vulnerable children and young people through targeted educational support, on top of regular welfare benefits. This article shows how it is implemented at local level.

The European Social Network (ESN) launches its annual review for 2015, highlighting our work and achievements from the past year.

On 21 January 2016, launched the Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2015 (ESDE 2015) report. This annual review underpins the EU’s policy actions and recommendations in pursuit of the Europe 2020 employment and social targets.

A year into a major decentralisation exercise through which municipalities will be given much greater responsibility in the social policy domain. What is the mood in the Netherlands? As we plan next year’s European Social Services Conference in The Hague, we tried to find out at the annual conference of the Dutch national association of municipal managers in the field of social affairs(Divosa).

The European Commission, along with the private sector, has developed an initiative to boost employment and inclusion among young people in Europe.

The 23rd European Social Services Conference looked at how best to build partnerships at the local level through an understanding of demographic change, the coordination of services and actions at city level.

A key theme emerged at our recent annual conference was how to build successful partnerships through a life-cycle approach.

In the context of recently published Eurostat figures on asylum application in the EU, ESN revisits it's 2005 report 'Promoting Inclusion for Unaccompanied Young Asylum Seekers and Immigrants'.

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