Our Cities for Active Inclusion partnership presented its findings at its final event in Brussels on 25 September 2013.
Meeting at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, over 120 participants gathered to hear about the findings of our five-year Cities for Active Inclusion partnership.
The findings of this collaborative research are contained in a new report, ‘Investing in an inclusive society’ which was launched at the event. The report explores the ways in which different European cities are implementing active inclusion policies to ensure that the most vulnerable groups are able to participate actively in society.
The partnership has also produced several collections of good practices looking at different aspects of active inclusion, from young people to demographic change and social innovation.
Keynote speakers at the event included Pervenche Berès, MEP and chairwoman of the European Parliament’s committee on employment and social affairs, and Audrius Bitinas, Lithuanian vice minister for social security and labour.
Political representatives from Cities for Active Inclusion Bologna, Birmingham, Barcelona and Copenhagen debated cities’ role in active inclusion. Other panel discussions focused on youth unemployment, demographic change in European cities and social return on investment. These featured representatives from the EU and international institutions, NGOs and academia, as well as those responsible for specific active inclusion projects in our member cities.
You can find the final agenda here.
You can find the presentations of the day here below:
- 'The Social Investment Package', Lieve Fransen, European Commission
- 'Cities for Active Inclusion: Investing in an inclusive society', Silvia Ganzerla, EUROCITIES
Panel Discussion 1: Youth employment
- 'Jobbtorg Stockholm and youth programmes', Karin Eriksson-Bech, City of Stockholm
- 'Youth empowerment: explicit choices and mentality shift for Rotterdam South', Ruud Rakers, City of Rotterdam
- 'Jobcentre Skaelbaeckgade: the active inclusion of younge people in Copenhagen', Toni Matz, City of Copenhagen
Panel Discussion 2: Demographic change
- 'Senior Academy', Radim Janik, City of Brno
- '6+ and Two-for-one', Leyla Dauki, City of Bologna
- 'Community support centre and mother and baby unit', Sonya Blazheva-Truykova, City of Sofia
Panel Discussion 3: Social return on investment