The First Annual Convention of the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion (Cracow, 17-18 October 2011)
Where: Auditorium Maximum of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow
When: October 17th-18th 2011
The event is jointly organised by the European Commission and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy on behalf of the Polish Presidency.
The Convention is closely bound with the actions undertaken by the European Union towards eradication of poverty and social exclusion. According to what was announced in the Communication“The European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion: A European framework for social and territorial cohesion” (COM (2010) 758), the Annual Convention would take stock of progress made towards the headline target for poverty reduction and social inclusion, review the implementation of the activities announced under the Platform and consider suggestions for future actions.
What seems the most significant about the Platform and therefore the Convention itself, is the active engagement of all participants of the process – including the representatives of governmental institutions of different levels as well as non-governmental sector, social partners, employers and also people at risk of social exclusion.
Eventually, the Convention is supposed to be an annual event that focuses attention of the whole European Union on eradicating poverty and social exclusion.
The Convention is thought to be a successor of previously held Round Tables as a broader forum for discussion gathering all stakeholders, including representatives of sectors and institutions active in the field of fighting against poverty and social exclusion.
The main goals of the Convention are as follows:
The Convention will build on the lessons learnt from the European Year on Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010 and will bridge between the objectives of the Year and the social objectives of Europe 2020 Strategy. This first edition of the Convention will also aim at exchanging and collecting ideas on how this annual event should develop in the future.
The Convention is to be comprised of the three thematic sessions of which one is to be organised as workshops session. The sessions are planned to be as follows:
Second day of the Convention will be dedicated to site visits to the institutions and organisations dealing actively with eradication of poverty and social exclusion. Participants of site visits will be able to take a more focused look on the best practices implemented by the host institutions.
Among about 400 participants of the Convention there will be the delegates from the European countries (UE Member States, candidate countries, EFTA countries) including Ministers of Social Affairs, Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, local authorities, social partners, NGOs, people experiencing poverty, academics and journalists.
For details, please consult the provisional programme of the Convention.
Access to the Convention only by invitation.