This year, the Convention focuses on the future of Social Europe post 2020
As the Europe 2020 Strategy is coming to an end, the European Pillar of Social Rights, the 2030 Agenda and the new multiannual financial framework provide the structure for our work on social and economic inclusion in the decade ahead.
In view of rapid societal changes, how can the EU reinvigorate the promise of a Social Europe? What social policy priorities should be proposed to the next EU Commission? How to ensure that the next generation of funding instruments can foster inclusive growth? Through presentations, workshops and interactive sessions, the Convention will stimulate the exchange of ideas and best practices on how to build our Social Europe in the years ahead.
These questions were discussed by more than 350 participants in Brussels during plenary sessions, seven workshops and several side events on 20, May 2019. The Convention was opened by Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, and by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Raul Sanchez, general secretary of ELFAC, was invited by the European Comission to attend the Convention. During the workshop on how implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights as the vehicle for the Sustainable Development Goals in the social area, Mr. Sanchez higlighted how having children is generating today social and economical inequalties and the need to create a family-friendly environment in all Europe.
On occasion of this event, Mr. Sanchez was also presenting the European Large Family Card project to different representatives from European governments.