February 2021

February 2021
Anchoring social services in national recovery plans

As national authorities submit their draft plans for recovery and resilience after the Covid-19 pandemic, an initial review suggests a lack of investment focus on social services reform and workforce support. There is still time to amend some of the proposals to ensure that EU funds support the transformation of the sector and its workforce. READ MORE...
Future European Social Fund
Addressing social challenges in the wake of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of the social problems that European countries have been facing for years and has brought about extra challenges. The new European funds are meant to be a remedy to the crisis. READ MORE...

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Annual Review
ESN launches the 2020 Annual Review of activities 

The European Social Network (ESN)’s Annual Review highlights our activities in 2020 and the challenges faced by social services throughout a year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on our society. READ MORE...
ESN Members Stories
Members Stories
Get to know our members!  

To highlight our members’ practical experience, we invite you to read the ESN Members’ stories. By highlighting the values that inspire and motivate the important work of our members we hope to show the broad range of expertise we hold as a network. How to build a positive narrative around social services? This month we travel north to hear the story of Lea Suoninen-Erhiö, Managing Director of Huoltaja Foundation in FinlandREAD MORE...
European Social Services Awards
European Social Services Awards
Rewarding Excellence 

To mark the effort, commitment and outstanding achievements of social services in these difficult times, the European Social Network (ESN) has launched its first publication on the European Social Services Awards (ESSA). The publication showcases the highlights, testimonials, and best projects in 2020.  READ MORE...
European News
EU Presidency
Major challenges persist for social policy 

With the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to produce adverse social outcomes, there are numerous pressing social policy issues facing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, held by Portugal until June 2021. In this context, the European Social Network (ESN) hopes for a clear focus by the new Presidency across social policy areas to address urgent challenges.  READ MORE...
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