ESN’s European Semester Reference Group has met each year since 2014 to discuss challenges facing social services in Europe and the annual European Semester policy cycle with representatives from the European Commission. In 2019, the Reference Group will meet on 27 – 28 June in Brussels.

At the meeting, we discussed how European initiatives such as the Semester, EU funds and the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) can address key social issues identified by social services across Europe.

ESN will publish the full analysis conducted by the Group in October in ESN’s 2019 report on the European Semester. It will be shared with the European Commission, thereby providing a valuable connection to social issues faced at local level and offering insights into policies that can contribute to the implementation of the principles included in the EPSR.

Presentations from the 2019 Meeting:

Day 1

Day 2