ENSA General Assembly
“Eu Pillar on Social Rights: delivering at local level”
Vänersborg (Sweden) 5-6-7 December 2018
With a joint collaboration between ENSA, the Veneto Region, the European Youth Care Platform and the Vänersborg Municipality, the objective of the ENSA General Assembly 2018 has been to focus on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights at local level.
The areas addressed have been elderly, disability, youth family and child issues. Policies, projects and practices had been were collected with the purpose to include them in the civic dialogue between the European Institutions and both public and private stakeholders.
The following principles were enhanced: active support to employment; Education, Training and life-long learning; Equal opportunities; Childcare and support to children; Inclusion of people with disabilities; Long-term care.
The topic of after-care and youth participation has been was high on the agenda with a discussion of the “A Way Home” project in the plenary session, in the thematic working groups and in the speed dating session, with contributions from An Rommel (Flemish Ministry for Youth Welfare). The Representative of the EU Commission in Sweden Mr. Magnus Astberg actively contributed to the debate with a presentation of the Pillar.
To be downloaded presentation of Mr. Magnus Astberg and the brochure of the selected projects for the implementation of the Pillar:
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“European Youth: policies, practices and people”
24th January 2019, Brussels Belgium
After one year from the adoption of the 20 principles contained in the European pillar of social rights, in light of the Resolution recently adopted by the Council on The European Union Youth Strategy 2019-2027 and in the midst of the debate on the next programming period 2021-2027, there is an increasing need for dialogue between institutions, local and regional authorities, associations, citizens and experts active in the field of social policies.
Following the ENSA, General Assembly 2018 about the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights at local level held in Sweden-5,6,7/12/18, the event offered the opportunity to address specifically some of the aspects related to youth policies, such as early school leaving, addiction, bullying, NEET, prevention of youth exclusion.
The meeting focused on the analysis of good practices and examples that addressed these challenges with integrated approaches and collaborative tools, through projects that have a high potential for transferability.
One of the objectives of that initiative was to enable those who deal with youth policies on a daily basis to meet, discuss and learn from each other. Thus a bottom up approach helped forming two discussions panels thanks to a call for proposals for interventions.
In addition, an interactive poster session allowed promoters of (current, completed or future) projects to illustrate what has been done or planned in different fields of youth policies.
ENSA General Assembly 2017 and connected activities “Social and Health Challenges: Answers of Community Care”
Valencia, 6-7 June 2017
The Generalitat Valenciana, together with the Polibienestar of Valencia and the three leading networks of European authorities working in social care, ENSA European Network for Social Authorities, ELISAN European Local Inclusion and Social Action Network, and the Youth Care Platform have the pleasure to invite you to the event: “Social and Health Challenges: the Answers of Community Care” that will take place in Valencia on the 6th and the 7th of June 2017.
The objective of the event will be tackling the risks of poverty and social exclusion that particularly affect the most vulnerable groups of the population, through a dialogue between the main social actors at the European level, which will exchange good practices and efficient models capable of bringing tangible results for citizens and society in general.
Given the recent launch of the European Pillar of Social Rights, fairness and social justice in Europe have become widely debated themes, and the authorities working in the social field have been triggered by the questions of Commissioner Thyssen: “How can we make the European social model future-proof? What kind of Union our citizens want to have?”.
The meetings that are taking place throughout the event aim at spreading. The themes will be connected in the different working groups (elderly, disability, child, youth and family) that will follow the plenary session. As a conclusion, there will be a brokerage event to meet new partners and draft project ideas, followed by thematic study visits. In addition, interested stakeholders will have the opportunity to join the “European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing In the 2030 Agenda”.
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Looking forward to the opportunity of working with you on common projects.
With very best regards
Hon. Mónica Oltra, Generalitat Valenciana
Vice-president of Valencian Regional Government, Regional Minister for Equality and Inclusive Policies, Vice-president of ELISAN
Prof. Jordi Garces, Polibienestar Research Institute Valencia
Director Polibienestar Research Institute, member of Expert Committee ELISAN
Sylvie Carrega, The ELISAN network
President of ELISAN, Deputy Mayor of Marseille
Hon. Manuela Lanzarin, The ENSA network
Chair of ENSA network, Regional Minister for Social Services Veneto Region
Stefaan Van Mulders, The Youth Care Platform
Chair of Youth Care Platform, Administrator-General Flemish Agency for Youth Welfare
ENSA General Assembly 2016
27 – 28 June 2016, Rotterdam
ENSA, the European Network for Social Authorities, have the pleasure to invite you to participate to the ENSA General Assembly that will take place in Rotterdam on June 27 and 28 2016.
The objective of the ENSA will be to support the development of EU project applications in the field of inclusive society and education, family policies, violence prevention, elderly well-being and nutrition, dementia and quality care.
These themes will be connected in the different working groups (elderly, disability, youth and family, child and social inclusion) to the opportunities of the EU programming period 2014-2020.
The ENSA also collaborates with the ELISAN, the European Local Inclusion and Social Action Network, a network of elected representatives set up with the support of the Committee of the Regions and with participatory status at the Council of Europe.
This body promotes awareness of social actions at local level and seeks answers to social needs and rights issues. In addition, the ENSA works closely with the Youth Care Platform set up by the Flemish Agency for Youth Welfare (part of the Flanders administration). This association gathers care providers and their umbrella organizations with national, regional and local authorities with legal responsibilities for the youth care sector in EU member states.
The objective of the ENSA general assembly is held to share the lessons of the work done at local level and to participate actively in European policymaking and programs. This event will focus on innovation in care and new opportunities for all the people we work with.
The Ensa network
Manuela Lanzarin Regional Minister for Social Services Veneto Region Chair ENSA network
The Elisan network
Sylvie Carrega, President Elisan Network Deputy Mayor of Marseille
The Youth Care Platform
Stefaan Van Mulders, Administrator-General Flemish Agency for Youth Welfare Chair of the Youth Care Platform
ENSA general Assembly 2015 and connected activities
Elisan conference on youth employment
Klagenfurt 16-17-18 September 2015
The Region of Carinthia together with ELISAN, the European Local Inclusion and Social Action Network, and ENSA, the European Network for Social Authorities, have the pleasure to invite you to participate to the ELISAN Conference 'Youth Employment: Investing in skills and job creation' and the ENSA General Assembly that will take place in Klagenfurt on September 17th and 18th 2015.
The objective of the conference will be tackling youth unemployment and investing in skills to continue jointly the dialogue at European level exchanging best practices from the Regions.
The objective of the ENSA and connected meetings will be to favor the development of EU project applications in the field of inclusive society and education, family policies, violence prevention, elderly well-being and nutrition, dementia and quality care. These themes will be connected in the different working groups (elderly, disability, youth and family, child and social inclusion) to the opportunities of the EU programming period 2014-2020.
In addition, you are invited to the meeting of the "Youth care Platform" led by the Flemish Agency for Youth Welfare, September 17th.
ELISAN conference, ENSA working groups program English version
ELISAN conference, ENSA working groups program French version
Trip to Keutschach am Wörthersee with observation tower "Pyramidenkogel"
Youth Care Platform program
Youth Care request for input
Registration form before September 12 and send it back to email@example.com
For further information please contact
Conference Carinthia: firstname.lastname@example.org +43 (0) 50 536 14609
ENSA : email@example.com
Youth Care Platform: Jos Sterckx, firstname.lastname@example.org, +32 (0) 477 44 97 14
With very best regards
Peter Kaiser Sylvie Carrega
Governor of Carinthia President of ELISAN network
Deputy Mayor of Marseille
Dr. Beate Prettner Manuela Lanzarin
Vice Governor of Carinthia The ENSA Network coordination
Vice President of ELISAN Regional Minister Social Services Veneto Region
2014 - European Instruments for Inclusive Growth
KREIS- OFFENBACH (Frankfurt am Main), 23-24 October 2014
Dear Ensa members, dear Elisan members, dear interested colleagues,
we have the pleasure to invite you to the 2014 General Assembly of the ENSA network that will take place the 23 and the 24th October 2014 in Kreis- Offenbach.
The activities scheduled: plenary, workshops and study visits represent a meaningful occasion for an European exchange on social investment and innovation and more specifically on the instruments the European Union is developing in the framework of the renewed 2020 strategy. Moreover it will also be an opportunity to see which possibilities the new EU programming is bringing.
With these three days, hosted in Kreis-Offenbach, we intend to promote Innovative European projects ideas collecting contributions from the participants.
In addition, in the framework of the annual General Assembly of ENSA 2014, all participants are welcome to take part in the activities of the Special Youth Care Platform: Mr Stefaan Van Mulders, CEO of the Flemish Agency for Youth Welfare is pleased to invite you for the 3d meeting of the Special Youth Care Platform. Last year the Special Youth Care Platform was launched during the annual meeting of ENSA. In March 2014 a second meeting took place in Brussels. Now service providers and national and regional governing bodies active in youth care all over the European Union, will meet again, the aim of this meeting is to take this initiative further and to build an active and strong platform. During the meeting in Brussels in March, the participants of the Platform started to develop a strategic planning for the upcoming 3 years. This discussion will be finalized during the meeting in Germany.
2013 - in Garda by the Region of Veneto
Investing in social policies
4, 5 and 6th of September 2013. Garda Municipality
The activities scheduled: plenary, workshops and study visits represented meaningful occasions for a European exchange on Social Investments and were, at the same time, an opportunity to share good practises and to build sustainable social policies.
Furthermore, with the objective to stimulate economic and cultural growth, innovative and integrated welfare models with a specific focus on youth have been promoted.
2012 in Treviso by the Region of Veneto
19th – 21 th March 2012. Treviso
This general Assembly organised in the framework of the European year for Active Aging and international solidarity has been held in collaboration with the Elisan network. These three days events, hosted by the City of Treviso, had the objective to strengthen the dialogue with the European Institution, to build European partnerships, to stimulate the active participation of Local Authorities in innovative European projects.
Furthermore contributions to the topics of the European Year 2012 on Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations have been collected and encouraged. In addition, as a specific contribution from Elisan, two call for awards have been illustrated: one on the field of fighting against the Alzheime, the other on the topic of energy poverty.
2011 in Carinthia and Vienna
7th to the 10 of June
In the framework of the European year of Volunteering, in collaboration with the European Local Inclusion and Social Action Network (Elisan), and the 2010 Social Inclusion Regional Group (2010 SIRG), ENSA held its Annual General Assembly 2011 from the 7th to the 10 of June hosted by the Federal Countries of Carinthia and Vienna.
Envisaging progress in a context of demographic changes and reduced material resources in the aftermath of the economic and financial crisis requires the creation of new opportunities for exchanges and innovation. From a perspective of shared social responsibilities, the General Assembly highlighted innovative strategies, best practises and project ideas promoting social cohesion and aiming to reduce poverty. Taking advantage of the momentum created by the 2011, European Year of Volunteering, a particular focus has been dedicated to actions carried out by the third sector, which is increasingly identified as critical for the future delivery of social services.
2010 in Madrid and Valencia
Welfare models to boost social inclusion in the framework of the EU 2020 strategy
Madrid 31-05-2010 – 02-06-2010/
Valencia 3-06-2010- 4-06-2010
The objective was to look for innovative ideas of welfare models answering the challenges of unemployment and poverty aggravated by the financial crisis and the demographic changes. Under the framework of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, the focus of the General Assembly was therefore on how to keep the momentum going after 2010, pursuing the EU 2020 target of promoting social inclusion, in particular through poverty reduction.
ENSA Members provided examples of best practices and explored together possible future projects at local, regional and European level. The main themes of the Assembly were the priorities of the Spanish presidency, the development of the youth in action funded project "Open doors" targeted on the inclusion of youth leaving in disadvantaged areas. In addition visual Arts in hospitals were illustrated through a European collaboration exchange with "Art dans la cité".
After the General Assembly in Madrid, the ENSA members had the opportunity to contribute to a specific thematic meeting and study visit on childhood in Valencia. This meeting and study visit have been organised by the coordinators of the Child Working Group (Valencia and West Sweden
2009 in Helsinki by the City of Helsinki - Study visit in Talinn
Helsinki,11th, 12th ,13th May 2009
The Assembly was the occasion for an overview on accessibility projects and policies in Helsinki. In addition, focus was also put on European Quality in Social Services in particular the EQUASS System. This system has been tested in the disability, elderly and child care services. Representatives of the UNCCAS have been actively involved, launching collaboration proposals with the Elisan network.
The exchanges of best practices were held during 3 days and study visits were organised in Tallinn. Social and health services, family violence, integration of disabled youth, rehabilitation of drug addicts were the targets of the visits. The Child thematic group Uppsala handed over the chairmanship to West Sweden and Valencia. After the General Assembly, a Child network meeting was held. Study visits were organised across the Baltic Sea, in Tallin under the coordination of West Sweden and Valencia.
Minutes from ENSA General Assembly 2009
Kindly prepared by Eskisltuna Kommun- Sweden – Birgitta Berg
2008 in Lille hosted by the City of Lille and UNCCAS
Lille, France, 29th-30th-31st January 2008
The event was hosted by the National Union of Social and Welfare Centres (UNCCAS). After the Launch of the Elisan network at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels the 28th of June, the ENSA network has been invited the 29th for a European exchange in Lille. The five ENSA thematic groups 'Childhood'; 'Youth', 'Disability', Elders, and 'Social Inclusion' made a report of the activities of the last year and proposals for future ones. A dialogue has been set with the university of Lille and the CCAS Région du Nord Pas de Calais.
Ensa General Assembly 2008 Programme
2007 in Edinburgh hosted by the University of Edinburgh
2006 in Brussels by the Veneto Region
Brussels, 15th - 16th - 17th February 2006
2005 in Genova hosted by the Liguria Region
2004 in Brussels by the Veneto Region
2003 in Stockholm hosted by the Stockholm-Mälar Region
2002 in Brussels hosted by the Veneto Region