The future is local 

Empowering communities, combatting poverty, improving services

The 24th European Social Services Conference (ESSC) explored how public services can collaborate more effectively with local communities and their citizens in combatting poverty and social exclusion.The 2016 conference was organised by the European Social Network (ESN) in cooperation with the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was attended by international delegates from all levels of government, private sector companies and third sector organisations dedicated to improving people’s lives.

The programme

The ESSC programme provided a strategic discussion through its plenary sessions involving ministers, academics and leading professionals while facilitating an extensive policy and practice workshop programme with over 24 knowledge-sharing sessions on a wide range of issues.


  • Latest stories and news on the 24th European Social Services Conference! 
  • TED-style videos of key speakers, Ahmed Aboutaleb, Janet Menard, Chris Sigaloff, and Zoran Puljic are now available here. 

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