High-level conference at the European Parliament celebrates milestones of the UN CRC but highlights implementation challenges, especially for children in care and unaccompanied migrant children.

A new European Commission is being formed following the European Parliament elections in May 2019 and the confirmation of the new Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen. On the 10th September 2019 Ursula von der Leyen revealed the names of the Commissioner-designates who will oversee the different policy areas of the Commission.

A European Commission seminar was an opportunity to discuss innovation in social services and the outcomes of a range of EU funded projects.

Cities can engage with European programmes on sharing knowledge and access funding.

Our Policy Briefing explains how social services can play an important role in ensuring good health and wellbeing at local level.

We summarise new EU policies on cross-border family issues and a range of new studies on family policies.

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.

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