Social Platformactions des membres d'ESAN

Date: Le 17/11/2018
Lieu: Lisbon




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Event:Made in Social Europe, a stock-taking exercise of progress on the European Pillar of Social Rights and showcasing Portugal as an example of good social policy practices.  


Venue: Lisbon (exact location TBD). 


Date: Around the first anniversary of the signing of the proclamation of the Social Pillar (17 November). Ideally the conference should take place on a Thursday. 


Target audience: Around 80-100 participants, 50% European/50% from Portugal. Participants will likely be a mix between government officials, civil society, social partners, and public authorities. 


Format: A series of events over the course of three days including a conference, networking evenings and fact-finding visits. 


  1. Conference (one day)  

Mix between plenaries (keynote/panel debate) and workshops. The aim of the conference would be 

to take stock of progress at EU and Member State level since the Social Pillar proclamation and to look at options to move the process forward. Topics will include 


  • Stock taking since the Social Pillar proclamation 

  • What works? Examples from Portugal/ other Member States 

  • Involvement of civil society 


  1. Exhibition 

Based on the format of Social Platform’s exhibition in Gothenburg. It should be displayed in the conference venue and should include inspiring projects and policies or mechanisms that have been put in place in both Portugal and across the EU. Following our event the exhibition could be displayed in different locations, e.g. the Ministry. 


  1. Fact-finding visits 

To be organised the day before/after the conference.  For this reason it would be important to plan the Conference on a Thursday. The visits to civil society organisation/public authorities should result in improved knowledge of good practices, and grassroots input to improving EU social policy. 


  1. Social/cultural event  

For a successful social event, we would need to identify a partner In Lisbon (either among our members or identified by Ministry – or cooperation between the two). The event would bring together conference participants, key stakeholders including government officials, civil society and social partners, and members of the public. 


Content: The aim of the conference would be to take stock of EU developments since the Social Pillar proclamation + look at options on how to move forward (this should be inspired by the policies that will be presented). 

Background: With the proclamation of the Social Pillar, 2017 was a key year for the future of Europe – a Europe based on social grounds. The challenge now is to implement the EU’s social vision. In February 2018 Social Platform members adopted their common positon on the Social Pillar, ‘Building Social Europe: A comprehensive implementation plan for an effective European Pillar of Social Rights’, which called for a four-pronged implementation approach encompassing policy, governance, funding, and civil dialogue: 


  • Policy – Introduce EU legislation to establish minimum social standards, and develop policy instruments to further the impact of the Social Pillar in Member States.  

  • Governance – Effectively mainstream the principles of the Social Pillar in the European Semester, rebalancing social and economic priorities. 

  • Funding – Invest in people, both at EU and national level. 

  • Civil Dialogue – Promote the meaningful involvement of civil society in the implementation of the Social Pillar, at EU and national level. 


This position will guide Social Platform’s advocacy work in the coming years and will be a key focus on the conference. 


Engagement with Social Platform members: Members of Social Platform will be invited to actively participate in the development of the event. A first meeting will be organised in the first half of April, prior to the EPSCO meeting on 17 April. An information stand/ideas wall to present the event will be set up during the General Assembly of Social Platform on 24 April, to get members’ input.   


Co-organisation: First discussions took place with Deolinda Correia, Adviser in the Cabinet of Portuguese Minster of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security José António Vieira da Silva. There is interest from both sides to co-organise the event, to be further explored in the coming weeks.