Workshop 7: The Future of Social Protection and the European Welfare State: minimum income schemes and access to quality social services

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17 March 2022 – 10:00-12:00

Organised by: Social Platform and Social Services Europe in cooperation with the EESC section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC)

Live streaming:

Draft outline

Moderator: Heather Roy
Board member of Social Platform & Social Services Europe, and Secretary-General of Eurodiaconia

  • Welcome & introduction
  • Panel discussion
  1. A Decent Life for All
    Alva Finn, Secretary-General of Social Platform, Euroship

  2. The fight against poverty post-Porto:
    Séamus Boland, President of the Diversity Europe Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

  3. Guaranteeing accessible and affordable quality social services: Key elements of the future European Care Strategy
    Laura Jones, Vice President of Social Services Europe and Secretary-General of the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR)

  4. Reactions/reflections & introduction to the work of the High-Level Group on the Future of Social Protection and of the Welfare State in the EU
    Professor Jozef Pacolet, Member of the High-Level Group

  5. Reactions/reflections & introduction to the forthcoming work of the European Commission
    Ana Carla Pereira, Cabinet expert, European Commission

  • Discussion and Q&A with participants
  • Lessons learned & closing of the meeting

Concept note

Europe is one of the most prosperous regions in the world. However, taken outside the global context, the situation looks different. In 2020, more than 96 million people were living at risk of poverty and social exclusion. This amounts to 22% of the population - approximately one in five people.

This workshop focuses on policies needed to strengthen welfare states after COVID‑19 and cope with ageing societies, new forms of employment and the digital and green transitions. Civil society organisations and social service providers will discuss and put forward their key proposals on welfare state reforms and social protection for resilient social safety nets. Recommendations will inform the work of the High-Level Group on the Future of Social Protection and of the Welfare State in the EU, as well as the work of the European Commission on the Council recommendation on an adequate minimum income and access to affordable quality social services with a view to a European Care Strategy.