The European Social Network (ESN) organised an online conversation with ESN members with responsibility for social services protection in Ukraine’s neighbouring countries to learn about their immediate responses and challenges faced in light of the current humanitarian crisis.

Social services support to Ukrainian people fleeing the war -mostly women with children- is not just about the initial response but also about overarching responses that address longer term social inclusion needs.

This essential conversation highlighted social services’ current programmes put in place, the continuing support which will be required in the months to come, and assessed how national and European authorities could help the work of social services in the long-term.

11:00 – 11:05: Introduction

Alfonso Lara Montero, Chief Executive Officer, European Social Network

11:05 – 11:35: Presentation by ESN members

Aurel Mocan, Executive Director, The Social and Medical Services Directorate (DASM) of the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 

Jiri Horecky, President, Association of Social Care Providers, Czechia. 

Katarzyna Modrakowska, Head of Department, Regional Government of Silesia, Department of the European Social Fund, Poland. 

11:35 – 11:45: Reaction and input

Ruth Paserman, Director, Funds Programming and Implementation, European Commission