European Stakeholder Committee (ESC)

Research on participatory and integrated modes of multilevel governance to combat poverty in Europe calls for a multi-stakeholder approach as well as strong the involvement of and intensive cooperation with various local, national and European stakeholders. Thus, COPE has already taken the initiative to establish a common European Stakeholder Committee (ESC). In COPE, the ESC will collaborate closely at the European level. COPE will facilitate and foster collaboration between the European committee and the project partners. The rationale of the nomination process was to include stakeholders from the most relevant non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and networks involved in the fight against poverty and social exclusion in the European Union. The participating stakeholder representatives have declared their substantial interest in transnational comparisons of multilevel governance of active inclusion policies and thus in the dissemination of COPE’s findings.

Policy & Research Conference “Building inclusive welfare systems: A dialogue between research and practice”

Location: Brussels

Date: Thursday, 5th June, 2014

Time: 12:30 – 16:30

All over Europe, formerly ‘passive’ social protection systems are undergoing substantial reform. Under the policy agendas of activation and more recently, social investment, welfare states are seeking to simultaneously increase the labour market participation of formerly excluded groups (such as women, youth, elderly people and migrants) and the efficiency of employment services. In order to achieve these goals, policy-makers have not only introduced programmatic policy changes (such as curtailing the duration or eligibility of/for benefits) but also changes to the governance systems through which social policies are administered. Especially the local governance level has come to play an important role under ‘new welfare’ because it is here where employment incentives and measures can be tailored most effectively to individual client cases as well as regional labour market characteristics.

In June 2014, four international research projects funded by the European Commission under the call “Local welfare systems favouring social cohesion” – COPE, FLOWS, LOCALISE and WILCO – will present their policy-relevant findings to an audience of policy-makers, researchers, and interested others in Brussels. The aim of the conference is to fuel a constructive dialogue between practitioners and researchers on the following issues:

How do local active inclusion policies shape the life courses of beneficiaries? (COPE)
How do local welfare systems support women’s labour market participation? (FLOWS)
How do different institutional contexts influence local activation policies? (LOCALISE)
How do local welfare systems favour cohesion through social innovation? (WILCO)

The conference programme and further information on the conference venue etc. can be found here.