On 24-25 April we attended the 10th FEAD Network meeting, represented by Jacques Vandenschrik, our President, and Angela Frigo, our Secretary General. The meeting took place in Copenhagen and focused on "FEAD's contribution to the delivery of the European Pillar of Social Rights".
With a mix of panel discussions, group activities and on site project visits, participants were able to understand the breadth of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), from its core policies to implementation on the ground. Throughout the two days participants listened to presentations that included experiences from Denmark and Sweden, exlaining their national and local perspectives of the delivery of the EPSR.
The event kicked off with insightful speeches from Marie-Anne Paraskevas, Senior Policy Officer and Jan Behrens, Policy Officer at DG Employment, European Commission. Delegates were then invited to take part in an interactive session to explore the way in which FEAD activities can be tailored to address the needs of specific target groups. This followed on from their second panel discussion from local project representatives that specialised in supporting homeless people, EU mobile citizens, Roma and women.
The second day included a bus tour in Malmö and site visits to projects across Copenhagen. The Malmö, bus tour gave delegates a first hand look at projects such as BETTER HEALTH, PO DROM, FRISK who presented the previous day. Projects such as BETTER HEALTH and FRISK focused on delivering a range of health initiatives to vulnerable groups and women. In Copenhagen, delegates visited important Danish projects such as UDENFOR and Compass, which tackle homelessness and unemployment.