On Thursday 23 October 2014, the Various Interests Group of the European Economic and Social Committee is co-organising a major conference, in partnership with the CARIPLO Foundation and the Consumer's Forum of the ANIA (National Association of Insurance Companies). The venue is the prestigeous Centro Congressi Fondazione Cariplo, Via Romagnosi, 8 - 20121 Milan and the conference will take place from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The main objective of the event is to inject more momentum into the process launched by the European Council of December 2012 to boost EU Policy on Social Innovation. The event will provide a platform for dynamic dialogue between key private and public stakeholders from financial institutions, insurance firms, foundations, third sector organisations as well as European and national public authorities. The intention is to bring together all the elements and the people needed to draft a final declaration that will be submitted to the Italian Presidency and to the EU Institutions at the beginning of the new European legislative period.
This opinion aims at exploring the obstacles to overcome and the conditions for developing quality services for the family in order to create decent and attractive jobs.
Previous work on the professionalisation of domestic work and on a family policy that tackles the challenge of demographic change need to be continued and updated by: revealing and describing the nature of the obstacles currently blocking the development and professionalisation of these jobs which; and making known positive experiences and good practices being implemented today in a number of Member States and major companies.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Consumer Debt Network (ECDN) and the European Financial Inclusion Network (EFIN) organize a conference on household over-indebtedness to be held at the EESC premises, in Brussels, on 12 December 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The aim of this conference is to determine EU indicators and an EU-wide definition of over-indebtedness, to develop effective tools in order to detect and cure debt issues at an early stage and to adopt a “solution oriented” approach and appropriate curative measures.
This conference will look into what can be best done at EU level and propose priorities, strategies and an agenda for the years to come.
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