Social Inclusion meetings


Best4Older for LGBTI – Best interest for the Older LGBTI
“Sexuality in Old Age: time for equality and inclusion”
28th Februar0 2019, Porto - Portugal

The Centro de Atendimiento e Sevicisios 050+(CASO 50+) hosted the conference “Sexuality in Old Age: time for equality and inclusion” on 28th February 2019 in Porto, Portugal. NGOs, health and social care professionals, stakeholders and representatives from the general public participated to the event which was the occasion to launch the  Best4OlderLGBTI project.

The  aims to fight against discrimination based on age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics of older people, and to promote the rights of older LGBTI people, thought raising awareness of different target groups contributing for a more equal and inclusive society.

The project will contribute to make professionals (from health, social and public services), employers, teachers, children and young people, university students and other publics more aware, oriented towards equality and age and LGBTI friendly. Ultimately, the project aims to promote the older LGBTI people confidence in health, social and public services and contributing for a more equal and inclusive society.

According to REC priorities, the Best4OlderLGBTI project assures:
1. Fighting against discrimination based on sexual orientation in society and promoting the
rights of LGBTI people;
2. Raising awareness about intergenerational solidarity and non-discrimination on the basis of age (in particular of young people).


Social and Health Challenges: Answers of Community Care

6-7 June 2017, Valencia

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 organized a two-day meeting to spread practices and EU projects that local communities are putting into place to strengthen social cohesion, welfare and inclusion and address specific local needs in social and health services.

The objective of the event was to tackle 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.

There was a plenary session followed different working groups, a brokerage event to meet new partners and draft project ideas, and thematic study visits. In addition, interested stakeholders had the opportunity to join the “European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing In the 2030 Agenda”.                       



ENSA Coordinators meeting + Projects activities

25 - 26 - 27 January 2016, Brussels

The general coordination of the network and the follow-up of different projects have been discussed during this meeting:

  • Project Discussion Voices of Youth: addressing the issues concerning the difficulties that the European countries and institutions have in finding ways for political and social involvement of young people at risk of exclusion, as well as young people who are already socially excluded through for example drop-out from school or apprenticeships and employments, housing and relation problems.

  • Project Discussion Legacy of Oppression: A Follow-Up of the Legacy of Oppression project that examined the practice of discrimination in all its forms; racism, sexism, 'disabilityism', homophobia etc., whilst also exploring reasons why this still existed. The follow-up project intends to change the systems operating when attempts are made to challenge prejudice.

  • Project Discussion SPECS: development of a guiding program that focuses on a positive and appreciative attitude of the coach, and teaches the students to personally take on responsibility for the choices they make. This guidance should be a process that is based on faith in their talents and possibilities, but also on knowledge of the labour market and the different higher levels of education.


    Second meeting on the Youth After Care Guarantee project

    24-25 November 2015, Carinzia

    The main goal of this meeting was to discuss the development of the Youth After Care Guarantee funded under Erasmus+. Youngsters in youth care need effective guidance during the transition from youth care to young adulthood.

    This is often not or insufficiently the case. Young people from residential care facilities often lack a strong family or social network to fall back on. Studies show that a considerable number of homeless people have spent time in a youth care institution. They remain faced with 'structural homelessness' and unemployment.

    More often, the roots to these lifelong challenges lie in ineffective guidance in the transition from youth care to young adulthood. An after-care guarantee model and policy recommendations has been discussed during the conference to involve and increase awareness at all levels.



    The Flemish agency for integration organises the Flemish civic integration policy

    The Agency also develops and exchanges expertise on how to deal with the consequences of migration, the challenges in integration and the growing ethno-cultural diversity of society. The European Common Basic Principles on Integration state that integration is a two-way process.

    The Flemish integration policy is shaped according to this principle:

  • On the one hand, the Agency offers a free civic integration programme to newcomers. This programme aims at preparing newcomers to be self-reliant in their new society. Some categories of newcomers are obliged by law to subscribe.
  • On the other hand, the Agency assists 'regular services' such as employment , health and social services, local authorities and education providers in dealing with the growing ethno-cultural diversity.

    These two faces of integration policy complement each other to guarantee the same quality of service to all clients: newcomers and established residents:

  • We assist organisations in adapting their services to the iversity of society.
  • We provide legal advice in all matters where a foreign nationality impacts social or other rights.
  • We train professionals who work with or for newcomers.
  • We facilitate the exchange of information and of good practices.

    The main operational objectives of the ENSA working group on social inclusion are to stimulate cross-border exchange of existing practices and to develop innovative training and methods. The strategic objective is to allow professionals to develop the skills needed to see their clients as individuals rather than as cultures. Tackling racism and discrimination is not our starting point, but rather an indirect effect.

    These practices, trainings or methods can be directed at:

  • professionals working in the broad context of services for newcomers such as civic-integration courses, language training, career-orientation;
  • professionals who assist regular services in the process of interculturalisation
  • professionals in 'regular services' who feel dispossessed in dealing with the growing diversity of their customers.

    Integration is a transversal and very broad theme. The topics which field our interest cover all aspects of society, where learning to live together in diversity is essential: opportunities to practice a new language, openness of the labour market, recognition of skills and degrees, the impact of mobile European citizens on social cohesion, user-friendliness of health-services, integration of travelling populations and Roma, orienting asylum-seekers, stimulating participation of newcomers in leisurely activities and organisations.



  • Energy for all: What are the actions and the role of the European Union?

    27 November 2012 9.30 – 17.30
    Venue: European Economic and Social Committee

    Interpretation from/to English, French, Italian

    50 to 125 million European citizens suffer from energy poverty. This conference aims at engaging with relevant stakeholders in order to consider immediate and enduring proposals. Using successful experiences, this event will aim at finding solutions at different levels of governance. The energy poverty will be approached in all its dimensions (housing, health, social exclusion, etc...) in order to provide adapted responses. Further to the emergency situations faced by the most vulnerable and the problem of the rights of the users, this conference will aim at transforming the consumers into citizens and actors facing energy challenges.



    European Conference on Reconciliation between private and professional life


    10th February 2012, 9.00 – 16.30
    Venue: Crowne Plaza , Padua , Italy

    The Elisan Network, the Regional Ministry for social policies of the Veneto Region and the Regional Observatory on Social Policies have the pleasure to invite you to the European conference on the subject of reconciliation between private and professional life.
    The event will take place in Padua on February 10th 2012.

    The aim of the meeting is to promote an innovative organisation of human resources in work, in enterprises, in the public and private sector in order to answer family flexibility needs.

    Context note





    Approved Project Prometheus in the framework of the PROGRESS call Promoting Quality of Social Services of General Interest

    EquassEquass logoIn collaboration with the European Platform for Rehabilitation,  the ENSA child network participated in the progress call  Promoting Quality of Social Services of General Interest with a proposal regarding the quality of services in particular with the aim to develop, validate and pilot the cross-sectoral and trans-national application of the European Quality in Social Services (EQUASS[1]) system. This system will be tested with this project through Services to people with disabilities, Long-term care to elderly and dependent people, Child care services.

    EQUASS Short Brochure.pdf




    European prize
    Energy poverty in Europe:
    how to get out?

    The European local inclusion and social action network ELISAN, and the corporate Foundation GDF SUEZ commit themselves to fight against this problem and launch a call for European experiences. The call for experiences is aimed at collecting the most efficient and innovative initiatives launched at local level to fight against energy poverty : preventive measures, specific tools, trainings and so on.

    The award ceremony will take place during the conference on Social Innovation of the 8th of November 2011.

    Deadline : 30th September 2011
    Meeting of the Jury : 28th October 2011
    Award ceremony : 8th November 2011
    On November 10th, 2011 in Paris: the winners will be invited to share their projects during the second symposium organized by the International Observatory for Energy and Water Scarcity GDF SUEZ
    For further information - Kristine Stempien :



    Ensa members and their contacts are invited to the

    UNCCAS Forum/Congress on “Innovating terrotories for a social sustainable development”

    27, 28 September 2011, Paris, Palais des Congrès
    Further information (only in French)



    In the framework of the European Year on Volunteering, the Conseil Général de Val de Marne organized a two days meeting on volunteering:

    European conference on Volunteering

    21st and 22nd October 2011
    Créteil, Île-de-France




    Social innovation in Europe
    Committee of the Region Brussels

    In collaboration with ELISAN
    8th November 2011, 9.30 – 16.30
    Committee of the Regions – 99 – 101 rue Baillard

    How territorial authorities deal on a daily basis with social innovation? What is social innovation? What are the tools for social innovation? How to create new partnership to develop social innovation?




    Respect: increasing Roma peoples participation
    and citizenship rights

    Veneto Region Brussels Office, in the framework of the activities within the project +Respect: increasing Roma peoples participation and citizenship rights: campaign and tool co-funded by the Specific Programme “Fundamental Rights and Citizenship" 2007-2013, has the pleasure to invite you to the International Conference “Local authorities and policies to integrate Roma people: exchange of good practices, that will be held in Venice the 11th of March 2011.




    Inclusive education in the light of the UN Convention
    What are the consequences for Flanders and Europe?

    27 January 2011



    The Liaison agency Flanders-Europe (vleva), The Flemish League of Catholic Schools for special education and the Flemish Community Education are organising a seminar on inclusive education on Thursday, 27 January 2011 at the vleva Auditorium, Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussels
    In 2006 the United Nations opened the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities for signatures. The treaty requires that persons with disabilities shall not be excluded from ordinary education merely because of their disability and that they have a right to inclusive education.
    The EU and Belgium both signed the UN Convention. Belgium has even ratified the Convention. But how will this affect the Flemish education policy? How will the EU live up to its obligations under the Convention?
    This seminar intends to inform you about the UN Convention, in particular with regard to article 24 and about actions the EU will undertake to stay loyal to the Convention obligations. A panel of experts will discuss the impact of the ratification in Flanders while best practices from around the EU will show how inclusive education can be implemented in the Member States.

    During lunch a poster session can be organized. Organisations working on inclusive education that are interested in such a poster session can contact

    Participation is free but before 25 January is required. Registration is possible via





    2010 SIRG Closing Event: It was our year.
    Looking forward to local and regional authorities as leaders
    in the fight against poverty

    The Liaison agency Flanders-Europe in Brussels (vleva) together with the Junta de Extremadura and the other 2010 SIRG regions, are pleased to invite you to the closing event of the 2010 Social Inclusion Regional Group (SIRG) “2010 SIRG Closing Event: It was our year. Looking forward to local and regional authorities as leaders in the fight against poverty” which will take place on 26 January 2010, 13:00-17:40, Committee of the Regions (room TRE7701, Rue de Trèves 74, 1040 Brussels).

    The 2010 SIRG is a transnational coalition of local and regional actors that has been working during the past year to respond proactively to the opportunities of the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. It has provided a platform for the dissemination and exchange of best practice with view of improving service delivery to tackle poverty and social exclusion at the local and regional level, and to better inform actors at European level on the realities experienced at the grassroots.

    During the closing event each working group of the 2010 SIRG will showcase its initiatives and provide the opportunity for stakeholders and the European Commission to discuss the recommendations and conclusions established by them. The European Commission will also present the new platform against poverty.

    Particpation is free but registration before 24 January is required via (places are limited)
    Here you will also find the draft programme.



    Progress Funded PROMETHEUS PROJECT


    European Awareness Conference
    17th - 18th November 2010
    Sheraton Hotel Place Rogier, 3 B-1210 Brussels



    SIRG “Access to Quality Social Service and Decent Housing”

    Conference 16/17/18 thNovember 2010
    TBC Klarälvdalen Coordination Unit, with the support of West Sweden
    Objective: to raise awareness of the role of local and regional authorities in promoting the right of each individual to a livelihood and a social situation which is dignified and in contributing towards member states’ efforts to create a system where no one will be forgotten.
    In collaboration with ENSA



    ELISAN CONFERENCE IN COLLABORATION WITH ENSA NETWORK “Social issues : a real investment against the crisis”

    European Conference
    15th - 16th November 2010
    Brussels – Kortrijk



    European Year of Volunteering
    Attracting Volunteers, 5/10/10 (Brussels)

    Start: 10/05/2010 - 14:00
    End: 10/05/2010 - 16:00
    Timezone: Etc/GMT+2
    European Year of Volunteering – Attracting Volunteers
    Boosting social cohesion by volunteering
    Open Days side event in the framework of 2011, European Year of Volunteering

    Tuesday, October 5th 2010, 14h00 - 16h30
    Venue: Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe, Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussels
    This event will inform you on the initiatives towards the European Year of Volunteering 2011 from European level (from the perspective of the European Commission, European Parliament and civil society organizations), exchange best practices on attracting new volunteers from regional and local level and point out gaps and problems in mobilizing volunteers. Moderator is Markus Held, director of the European Volunteer Centre.



    SIRG Social Inclusion Regional Group

    Balancing Acts: Tackling Financial Exclusion through
    balanced policies and measures involving individuals, communities, & institutions
    September 14th 2010, 9h30 to 17h00
    Flanders Europe Liaison Agency
    Kortenberglaan 71, Brussels
    In collaboration with ENSA



    European Regions Conference on reconciliation policies
    between family and professional life

    VenetoAn intiative of the Veneto Region in collaboration with the ENSA and Elisan networks Sponsorship of the European Commission Abano Terme – 28- 29 30 January 2010

    Further information visiting:

    Download the programme





    Elisan (European Social Inclusion and Social Action Network)


    "La dimension sociale de la cohésion territoriale en Europe
    enjeux et perspectives"



    27th October 2009
    Committee of the Regions 101,
    rue Belliard- B - 1000 – Bruxelles

    Program to download on the website



    Open Days 2009

    October 7, 9.30 – 13.00
    Stockholm House, Avenue Marnix 28

    To adopt a common strategy to fight against poverty with ambitious and shared objectives through a thorough observation of the ground with the support of Local and Regional Authorities. This strategy focuses on the inclusion and prevention of exclusion of the most at risk in society i.e: elderly, youth, child, women and immigrants.

    Download the Program




    8th September 2009, Brussels



    Local authorities, territorial cohesion in Europe and the social
    and health issues"

    >Elisan_logoElisan (European Social Inclusion and Social Action Network)

    21st April 2009
    Représentation Ile de France
    Bruxelles Rue Montoyer 10
    1000 Bruxelles

    Organised with the support of ENSA and Veneto Region




    Common Quality Framework for Social Services

    Management Centre, 17 Avenue Marnix, 1000 Brussels, Room Newton A, 4th floor,
    9th Ferbuary 2009

    After a series of activities related to quality of social services in Europe, the Platform of European Social NGOs (Social Platform) adopted a Common position paper on quality social and health services in June 2008. The European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR) has been contributing to the discussion, and to the document. The position paper aims at safeguarding the provision of quality social and health services and intends to reach highest quality levels and create equal opportunities and independent participation in society. The position paper of the Social Platform defines quality principles that are compliant with the quality requirements of the High Level Group on Disability (October 2007) and the EQUASS (European Quality in Social Services) Principles for Quality (December 2002). The proposed workshop will be carried out in the framework of the Prometheus Project (EU programme PROGRESS: VP 008/04). The role of the workshop will be to achieve consensus in defining a European Quality Framework and core criteria for quality assurance for Social Services of General Interest based on the input from existing written contributions

    Information on Prometheus project



    EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Iniciative
    in collaboration with ENSA inclusion

    Regioni Centro Italia in Brussels. 14, Rond Point Schuman, 8th floor– B-1000,
    13 th February 2009




    'Routes: the way to integration'
    Visual Exhibition

    Halles Saint Géry of Brussels
    4th - 30th December 2008


    The partners of the European project ROUTES will inaugurated the 4th December 2008 a visual exhibition on migrant integration at Halles Saint Géry in Brussels. The exhibition was sponsored by Brussels Capital Region. Uniqueness and diversity make the strength of our society.
    Expressions like 'third-country nationals', 'integration' or 'intercultural dialogue' mean actual interaction between individuals in cities, schools, offices and public places. 'Ways to integration' showcases diverse and positive examples that embody such interactions as recorded by professional photographers, practitioners, migrants and keen observers. Representations of integration processes become alive through the words, situations and symbols displayed in this venue.
    'Routes: the way to integration' is a past project part-financed by the European Commission through the INTI initiative, funded by the DG Justice, Freedom and Security and endorsed by the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. After two years of work, the project partners wish to share the main results of a joint effort that aims at improving the local governance of integration policies of citizens across Europe, regardless of their origin, in line with the fundamental human rights and the founding principles of the European Union.

    'Routes' has created a framework for a better integration of immigrants and a set of recommendations for the implementation of the most valuable findings in different contexts.

    Invitation Visual Exhibition




    Daphne III Conference and Market place

    Daphne_LogoPermanent Representation of Sweden to the EU- Square de Meuus 30 Brussels,
    10 november 2008

    • Programme


    - Colette de Troy , European Policy Action Center on Violence against Women
    - Ingrid Bellander Todino, Daphne Programme Cordinator European Commission-DG JLS
    - Asa Lofvenberg, Varmland County Council
    - “How to design a good Daphne Project”
    - Elena Curtopassi, Veneto Region- Ensa general presentation
    - Stefanie Friedlmayer, City of Vienna
    - Vincent O’Connell, Surrey County Council
    - Eva Thorsen, City of Uppsala
    - Daphne III Market Place Project Compedium




    The Interreg IIIC “City to city” project final event

    Brussels, Committee of the Regions, 29th and 30th of May 2008

    City to city_draft programme event.doc




    ENSA Social inclusion network

    Venice, 17th of May 2008




    Workshop on Roma identity and culture towards active citizenship
    (Invitation to ENSA members)

    Brussels, 29th -31st of January 2008

    Centro Polifunzionale don Calabria and European Roma Information Office



    Deft Meeting: Developing Europe’s fostering training

    Brussels, Belgium, 22nd November 2007

    Involvement of some ENSA members and special invitation to the whole network

    Launch seminar of a two year Leonardo da Vinci Pilot Project, a train the trainer programme for social care professionals and experiences foster carers.

    Committee of the Regions
    Rue Belliard 101
    Room JDE 53

    Click here to see the program > Deft meeting 29 11 07.doc



    "Immigrants’ Integration Policies: Road Map of the Governance":
    INTI project Routes

    Venice, Italy, 16th November 2007

    Experiences and good practices of the European Regions involved in “ROUTES” project.

    Click here to see the program > Routes meeting 16 11 06 - Venice.doc



    15th Anniversary conference of Riga Social System: "Social System in Riga. Yesterday.Today.Tomorrow.”

    Riga 7th - 8th June 2007

    Invitation to ENSA members

    The city of Riga organised an international conference to celebrate 15 years of Riga social system- Ensa members were invited.



    ENSA INCLUSION Inaugural Thematic Meeting

    S. Servolo - Venice, 19th July 2006 

    - Program of the Meeting (file .doc)
    - Letter of Invitation (file .doc)



    EPR_European Platform for Rehabilitation

    Brussels, 23rd May 2006, afternoon

    Invitation to ENSA members



    DEFT_Developping European Fostering Training_ international meeting

    Surrey, 6th -10th May 2006

    Involvement of some ENSA members



    Stockholm Region: Drug prevention project

    Brussels, 27th April, 2 p.m.




    Regioeuropa, Brussels, 26th April 2006



    Dreaming service offer presentation

    29th - 30th May 2006

    Invitation to ENSA members

    - Download the agenda (file .doc, 320 kb)