• Highlights from the conference, impressions from delegates and comments from speakers including Commissioner László Andor, Ministers Frances Fitzgerald, Karen Haekkerup and Hanne Inger Bjustrøm, Emilie Turunen MEP, John Peet, Desmond O’Neill.
  • Professor Hugh Fraser, National University of Ireland, chairs the final plenary session with Egbert Holthuis (European Commission), Belgian Minister Monica de Coninck, Jüri Kõre, Deputy Mayor of Tartu in Estonia, Ole Pass (FSD, Denmark), and Yvan Ferrier (ANDASS, France).
  • Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Emilie Turunen MEP and Massimiliano Mascherini (Eurofound) talk about challenges on children and young people, and Desmond O'Neill addresses the need of ensuring active ageing for older people.
  • Ministers Karen Haekkerup from Denmark, and Hanne Inger Bjustrøm from Norway give their views on the Nordic social model, Commissioner László Andor and John Peet bring a larger perspective of Europe's social model and austerity in times of crisis.
  • Professor Edward Melhuish from Birkbeck, University of London, brings strong evidence for investment in early childhood, and Marianne Smedegaard and Ewa Persson-Göransson from the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues comment on the importance of early intervention.
  • Delegates share their views on what it means to build an active and caring society. Also, key messages from speakers including Polish Secretary of State Jarosław Duda, UK Minister Chris Grayling, Professor Martin Knapp from LSE (UK), Georgian Minister Andrew Urushadze.
  • In the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, ESN listened to the stories of social services users in the Czech Republic, Spain and Belgium, and interviewed their carers about the challenges they face everyday.
  • Hugh Frazer talks about the challenges for social services in the year ahead, social policy cooperation among Member States and the importance of mutual learning in facing current challenges, and the Europe 2020 targets.
  • Art de Geus, former Minister of Employment and Social Affairs in the Netherlands, talks about challenges and opportunities for public services in Europe, the relationship between the welfare state and the public, and where governments should invest resources more.
  • Robert Anderson discusses resourcing the future, how best to use available resources to meet the needs of all citizens, including those with the greatest need, and using ICT to improve care-service effectiveness.

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