ESN’s Reference Group on the European Semester met with the European Commission to discuss social policy issues.

The European Commission continues to place more attention to social services in its 2019 country-specific recommendations.

Our members showcased their practices and discussed effective strategies at our working group meeting.

We brought our members to the European Parliament on 9 April so they could share their recommendations for making the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) more effective for social services.

Both the European Commission and the European Court of Auditors have published their mid-term evaluations of the Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD).

We took part in a strategic dialogue organised by the European Commission to review four country reports: Latvia, Portugal, Bulgaria and Lithuania.

Leaders in social services will share recommendations on how EU funds can promote quality social services at our European Parliament event on 9 April, hosted by MEP Sofia Ribeiro.

The report presents six key social challenges for Europe to tackle in order to promote decent living standards, good working conditions as well as equal opportunities and participation.

Legislation and practice on care for young people is being expanded beyond care plans to better support the transition to adulthood and improve long-term life outcomes.

Connecting the local practices of social services to the global sustainable development agenda is key to reach targets.


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