Social Platform Conference in Vilnius (Lithuania) - 23 May 2013)
Lithuania will hold the rotating EU presidency of the Council in the second half of 2013 (July-December 2013). The Social Platform, (an alliance of representative European federations and networks of non-governmental organisations active in the social sector) organised a conference focusing on the social dimension of the EU. EPHA – as member of the Social Platform – transferred important messages (the possibilities of civil society, the relevance of poverty for public health, strengthen the social dimension of the economic governance), and met with several Lithuanian CSOs and government officials.
Algimanta Pabedinskiené, Lithuanian Minister of Social Security and Labour, presented the key priorities of the future Lithuanian EU presidency in the social field, stressing the importance of four key elements: better jobs, rights of workers, the social dimension of the EU and gender equality. She emphasised the importance of the Social Investment Package (SIP) for the presidency. As regards the European Semester, Ms Pabedinskiené mentioned that it is important to implement the recommendations but also to share best practices and bring in a social dimension to the Economic Monetary Union (EMU). As regards Roma integration, the presidency expects the adoption of Council recommendations on enhancing the effectiveness of measures on Roma integration on the December EPSCO Council.
Main Social Platform messages delivered by its president Heather Roy:
EPHA’s contribution to the conference
EPHA contributed to the conference by stressing the following messages:
The event included an afternoon Networking Café with interactive discussions. The discussion facilitated by EPHA focused on the question of ‘How to use the economic crisis as an opportunity to reform social welfare/healthcare systems in order to reduce existing inequalities?’
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