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As we are entering the holiday season and the year 2020 is coming to an end, we want to take this opportunity to thank all European Social Network members and partners for your support and dedication throughout the year.

Despite the challenges faced by social services in light of Covid-19, the European Social Network has been strongly supported by our highly valued members, partners, and friends. You have actively participated and contributed with your dedication, knowledge, and expertise to ensure that the European Social Network continues promoting the voice of Public Social Services in Europe.

As we are closely monitoring the situation, we continue the preparation of our activities in 2021. It will be an important year for us, as we involve all members to shape the new strategic priorities for the coming years. We will also celebrate the 28th edition of the European Social Services Conference, with a focus on transforming care in the community, a theme that is now more topical than it has ever been.

As the Leading European Social Services Network, our focus will continue to be to promote the strategic role that public social services play in addressing the social crisis that Europe is currently facing, with social services being a key investment in peoples and livelihoods across Europe. We will continue to be the voice of strong public social services, which are key to support professionals across all sectors to provide shelter and essential services to our communities most vulnerable.

In these exceptional times, I would like you to join me in saying a massive Thank You to all the carers, nurses, social workers, and care managers working to keep our loved ones safe, and to all essential workers who are courageously putting themselves on the frontlines of the pandemic every day.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

- Alfonso Lara Montero, CEO, ESN