03/09/2014 - European Conference in the framework of the Elisan General Assembly 2014
The Elisan network has the pleasure to invite you to a day of reflection about the perspectives and priorities of a social Europe starting from the concrete experiences of local and Regional Authorities, civil society and the public and private sectors. On the programme a discussion/debate about social innovation and the future of Europe 2020 strategy: “After the European elections, what future for Europe?”
Monday, 3rd November 8.30-14.45
in partnership with: European Economic and Social Committee VM3, 2nd floor, Bâtiment Van Maerlant, 2, rue van Maerlant, 1040 Bruxelles
coordination: Remo Sernagiotto, President of the Elisan network and Member of the European Parliament
with the participation of:
Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee Michel Lebrun, President of the Committee of the Regions Renaud Muselier, Former Minister, Member of the European Parliament, Special Delegate for Marseille European Capital of Culture the new Members of the European Parliament the European Commission
30/06/2014 - Play Europe project, culture and creativity in Croatia, Buje 24-26 June
How creativity and culture can support young leaders of tomorrow? This was the focus of the fourth Play Europe event! The meeting opened with a very useful and interesting view about the influence of EU policies at local level and vice versa, it has been a stimulating reflection on how citizens can act in order to dialogue with the European institutions. Furthermore it has been an opportunity to see how Europe can give answers and receive suggestions from citizens. After that participants were involved in a dynamic dialogue on how the education system in Europe encourages creativity and logical thinking: this has been a topic that youngsters have often discussed also during previous events and it was interesting here to get deeper into the different approaches and consequences in adopting one or another method in teaching. Creativity was the key focus of this event and participants had the opportunity to experience skills and approaches to face situations where an innovative problem solving attitude is needed. Role playing games and study visits invited young leaders to reflect on how creativity can be a strategic tool to use even in difficult context. In addition during the event, youngsters had the opportunity to meet a challenging reality of the political web world, the Govfaces Platform (http://www.govfaces.com). GovFaces is the first global platform built for direct, meaningful interaction between citizens and their elected representatives. The website allows the community to ask questions, make proposals, and share ideas; then, users can decide which items should get a response first from politicians, who are evaluated by the users themselves. As usual young participants worked also on the development of project outputs, using all the inputs and suggestions received from the speeches, the experiences and the study visits.
28/04/2014 - 3rd Play Europe event in Rotterdam, 23-26 April
The Play Europe project ended its 3rd event in Rotterdam. From the 23rd to the 26th of April the young leaders met in this beautiful and stimulating city to implement their work on the project’s topics. This time the focus was on “Youth employment”, how is the actual situation in each project country and how Europe can work to improve the critical situation. Many inputs were brought during the meeting days, from different points of view. Among them, on the spotlight the experience of a “Creative factory” where quality thinking is key to activate youngsters to work and believe in something they are really interested in and support measures and initiatives for work re-integration by using vocational trainings and practical experience especially in the technical field. Entrepreneurship has been one of the most used words and concepts, both from a working and from a living point of view. The message was “to give oneself a challenge” taking the risk for new job opportunities believing in new cooperation and collaboration’s tools. The role of mass media and web for employment has been a most interesting transversal theme the group had a very animated debate on these aspects, both positive or negative impacts were highlighted….the discussion is still ongoing! The leaders worked hard on the project outputs and implemented the materials already carried out. The Play Europe team had a very fruitful experience in Rotterdam and after three hard days of work they took part to the first King’s day in Holland……let’s go orange!
Wait for us for new information about the 4th Play Europe event in Buje (Croatia), from the 23rd to the 26th June!!
22/09/2014 - Play Europe Project, Fifth meeting, 17-21 September 2014, Alimos, Greece
In a wonderful Greek setting , between Athens and Alimos, took place on 17-20 September, the fifth event of the Play Europe project. The young European leaders faced this time the issue of volunteering and citizenship. As in other occasions, several and very interesting inputs were brought. The theme of volunteering was analysed under various angles, examining the personal, social, organizational, and economical aspects. The interventions and the work of the group showed clearly that the initiatives supported by volunteers, particularly concerning the social sphere, are essential and connected not only to the target they address, but also to the economic and local governance. Therefore, it is important to set up a good coordination in order to enhance and qualify the activities of the voluntary sector. Furthermore it is also essential in order to increase the cooperation between the members of the voluntary sector and the institutions that carry out activities related to its mission. The youngsters have also stressed the key role of volunteers to help different organizations to carry out their tasks for internal management and external relations. In addition volunteers are also essential to support the delivery of better results thanks to the transfer of new skills and knowledge. Moreover the analysis on the concept of leadership is progressing and , the Play Europe young leaders are currently making a video summarizing the findings from the research carried out during the course of the project. The next event for our leaders will take place during the European Conference organized on the occasion of the General Assembly of the Elisan network the next 3rd November 2014 in partnership with the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee). In this context, young people will dialogue directly with the new members of the European Parliament and with some of the most significant local stakeholders in Europe focusing on the themes of Social Innovation and the Future of Europe 2020 strategy.
26/06/2014 - “EESC pushes for ‘European energy dialogue’
“EESC pushes for ‘European energy dialogue’ By Pierre Jean Coulon who is EESC co-rapporteur on making consumers real players in the energy market. Pierre Jean Coulon says member states and civil society need to ‘talk to each other’ about where the EU’s energy comes from and how it is used, now and in the Future. Please refer to PARLIAMENT MAGAZINE 23 - 9 June 2014
In order to get a better view on the contributions of stakeholders in the area of social policy, the European Commission’s invites you to share your contribution to the consultation also with them directly (in addition to the official consultation process) by sending it by mailto EMPL-STAKEHOLDERS-DIALOGUE@ec.europa.eu.
Considering the findings from the report 2012 on the evolution of the social situation and employment in Europe, this one shows an increasing rate of unemployment, a significant risk of poverty and social exclusion rising for European citizens and a decline of household incomes. Socially, Europe is going wrong!
This report is accompanied by other annoying other news such as the term in late 2013 of the European food aid program for the most vulnerable whose number is still increasing!
This observation shared by all European members should not leave us unresponsive, or let us sink into moroseness and inaction. On the contrary, it should encourage, at the eve of 2013, to move from political will in to action!
If these elements actually reflect a continuation of the crisis and its social and economical impact, the fact remains that proposals are emerging and need to be taken up and defended.
We will particularly highlight the important role that will have to play local authorities in their respective member states regarding the coming implementation of cohesion policy and its programming period 2014-2020! The Europe 2020 objectives require a mobilization to have social inclusion and fight against poverty and exclusion omnipresent and to better answer the needs of the population in term of accessibility to rights and social services, to trainings and so on.
The announcement by Lazlo Andor, European commissioner of the creation of a European fund for the most vulnerable, shows the willingness of the European commission not to definitively bury the the aid provided since the 80's, but to make it reborn in another format, with several priorities, with another budget format, with new conditions for granting and so on. Of course it is a step forward, but stakeholders, including local authorities, needs to be mobilized to have the aid provided (116 millions of European citizens at risk of poverty), in the best conditions!
Social innovation and experimentation will also be at the heart of the programs after 2013. They should permit to promote exchange of experiences but also to gather together stakeholders on the territories to develop local social action concerted.
New working opportunities are now opened to reinforce the European social pillar and to answer the challenges faced by our societies.
Patrick Kanner Vice-president of ELISAN President of UNCCAS