2022 Assembly


Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe, Conference Report


Towards Better Social Cohesion and Tolerance in Times of Austerity
Conference organised by “Public Policy Exchange” (PPE)
Brussels, the 16th February 2016
The mission of PPE is to initiate and develop avant-garde platforms for capacity building, policy development and networking, and to serve as a progressive interface between practitioners, non-state actors and policy/decision makers at EU, national, regional and local levels in Europe.
According to the latest figures provided by Eurostat (2013), 122 million people were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the European Union, a condition which refers to those who fall under at least one of the following categories: at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers, severely materially deprived or living in households with very low work intensity.
Certain groups in the population have emerged as particularly exposed to the risk of poverty, in particular children, young people, single parents, households with dependents, people with a migrant background, certain ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. Also, the gender divide is clearly visible and women are generally more at risk than men.
Full text available here: Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe_report by Sr. Andrea Tillmanns, RGS
Input from the Speakers:
1. Eric Marlier, Manager, European Social Policy Network
Introduction Current_contribution of the Europe 2020 strategy_Eric Marlier

2. Fintan Farrell, Acting Director, European Anti Poverty Network
EU Regulatory and Policy Framework on Poverty and Social Exclusion_Fintan Farrell
3. Simona Giarratano, Social Policy Officer, European Disability Forum
Disability Perspective_Assessing the EU Regulatory and Policy Framework on Poverty and Social Exclusion_Simona Giarratano
4. Paola Cammilli, Programme Officer Education and Training, Economic governance – ETUCE
The Role of Education in Creating more Tolerant and Less Discriminatory Societies in Times of Austerity_Paola Cammilli
5. Ides Nicaise, Professor, KU Leuven
Achieving the headline target on early school leaving by 2020_what impact on social inclusion_Prof. Ides Nicaise
6. Séamus Boland, Member & Rapporteur of opinion Fighting Poverty (SOC 530), European Economic Social Committee (EESC) & CEO, Irish Rural Link
Fighting Poverty_Actions and measures against poverty in the local context_The role of civil society in building stronger communities_Seamus Boland

7. Bart Vanhercke, Director, European Social Observatory
National Social Investment Strategies in the Shadow of the Economic Crisis_Bart Vanhercke
Additional report: CEIPA Report_23 February 2016
Prepared by Sr. Andrea Tillmanns, RGS