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 2018, the Reference Group met on 28 – 29 June 2018 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 2018 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.
Follow-up to 2018 Meeting
- News article on key messages of meeting: Social services contribute their insights to Europe’s social agenda
- Launch of our European Semester Report: Connecting Social Services to Europe: European Semester 2019
- ESN response to the consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights: Towards a people’s Europe