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Peer Review in Social Protection and Social Inclusion and Assessment in Social Inclusion

The Peer Review in Social Protection and Social Inclusion and Assessment in Social Inclusion sub-programmes were established by the European Commission to support the Open Method of Coordination.

  • The Peer Review seminars encourage the dissemination of good practice by opening up the experience of the host country in a particular policy area to critical assessment by peer countries. This can serve as a useful means of helping Member States to design and implement more effective policies and of contributing to dialogue with stakeholders. Peer Reviews in Social Inclusion address themes such as child poverty, homelessness, financial exclusion, integration of ethnic minorities and immigrants, active inclusion as well as good governance. Social Protection Peer Reviews focus on pensions, health and long-term care and the accessibility of services.
  • The Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion provides regular accounts of recent policy developments and key trends deemed relevant in the context of the EU policy coordination process on social inclusion. They also provide an independent assessment of the "social inclusion strand" of the National Strategy Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion.
  • All reports and papers produced under the two sub-programmes are freely available at




15-16 October 2008:  7th European Round Table on Poverty and Social exclusion

The 7th Round Table against poverty and social exclusion will be held under the French Presidency of the European Union. It will focus its work on the issue of active inclusion in the light of the Commission recommendation to be published in September 2008 and experiments implemented by the French government in this area.
The work of the Round Table will also contribute to the preparation of the European Year of combating poverty and social exclusion in 2010.
For the first time, an informal ministerial meeting on the fight against poverty will immediately follow the roundtable. It will aim to both
• strengthen political commitment from Member States in this area, and
• make recommendations which could feed the December Council on active inclusion.

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02 July 2008:  Commission launches Renewed Social Agenda to empower and help people in 21st century Europe

The European Commission has adopted its Renewed Social Agenda on the 02.07.08. The Commission's new social proposals seeks to boost access, opportunities and social justice. Discrimination is also tackled under a wide EU package on coping with social change in a global economy. EU economic growth has been brisk in recent years and unemployment is down, but almost one in six Europeans are living below or close to the poverty line, including around 8% of working people. And one in seven has suffered discrimination.
Europe's social dimension has never been more relevant, says Commission president, José Manuel Barroso. "It is inseparable from the EU's strategy to stimulate growth and provide better jobs for Europeans."
The renewed social agenda brings together a range of EU policies in order to support action in seven priority areas:

- Children and youth - tomorrow's Europe
- Investing in people: more and better jobs, new skills
- Mobility
- Longer and healthier lives
- Combating poverty and social exclusion
- Fighting discrimination and promoting gender equality
- Opportunities, access and solidarity on the global scene.

EFSC will soon develop its comments on the Social Agenda, particularly regarding the priority area on Children and Youth.

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European Commission Reinforces the Open Method of Coordination for Social Protection and Social Inclusion

The European Commission has come forward with some initiatives as part of the renewed social agenda adopted on 2 July 2008. Part of these initiatives include: Reinforcing the Open which will allow the EU to achieve better results for the 2008-2010 period and will pave the way for the introduction of a sound framework post-2010.
• Increasing political commitment and visibility;
• Strengthening the positive interaction with other EU policies;
• Reinforcing the analytical tools;
• Better ownership through peer reviews, mutual learning and involvement of all relevant actors.

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Timetable of Peer Review Seminars 2008 now Available

One of the aims of the Social Protection Social Inclusion Process is to develop a mutual learning process involving the scrutiny of specific policies, programmes or institutional arrangements presented as good practice in the various National Action Plans on Social Inclusion. Peer Reviews seminars encourage the dissemination of good practice across Member States by assessing the effectiveness of key policies or institutions.
In each seminar, the experience of the host country in a particular area is confronted with the comments and critical analysis of peer countries. It can serve as a useful tool to Member States to help them in the design and implementation of more effective policies. It should also contribute to the dialogue with stakeholders such as social partners and NGOs and where appropriate, people experiencing poverty and social exclusion.
The European Commission has now finalised the 2008 programme for peer reviews in the social protection and social inclusion field. The exact dates of the reviews still have to be confirmed and some further changes in the composition of the groups can be expected.

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06 May 2008:  European Parliament's Employment Committee discusses EP draft Report on social inclusion

On 6 May, the Employment Committee of the European Parliament (EP) discussed the first draft of the report "Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty, including child poverty, in the European Union", prepared by MEP Gabrielle Zimmer.
The report underlines that the overarching aim of active inclusion policies must be to implement fundamental rights in order to enable people to live in dignity and participate in society as well as the labour market. It calls on the Commission to consider child poverty and social exclusion in a broader context of EU policy making including issues such as immigration, discrimination, gender equality and active inclusion. It also supported an integrated, holistic approach on family policies which would indicate a clear commitment to asustainable solution for the eradication of child poverty.

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