Social Affairs Forum Newsletter - September 2016
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Please note that since the 1st of September our new office is located at Rue de Pascale 4-6, 1040 Brussels.

We ask you kindly to change our address in your administration accordingly.

On Monday, 10 October we will host a reception to celebrate our new office - you are warmly invited!

In solidarity

the SOLIDAR secretariat
Book launch 'From Europe to Local: Migrating Solidarity
The Foundation of European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and SOLIDAR would herewith like to invite you to join us for the launch of our new book ‘From Europe to Local: Migrating Solidarity’.

The EU is experiencing an unprecedented influx of migrants and refugees and data shows that global human mobility – whether it is spurred by economic, social, environmental or political reasons – will increase in the following decades. European societies will become more diverse, plural, and multi-ethnic. Thus, integration policies applied from the European to the local level need to be improved in order to be able to respond to changing needs and guarantee social cohesion while respecting the rule of law and promoting a human rights-based approach.

The FEPS and SOLIDAR publication ‘From Europe to Local: Migrating Solidarity’ is a collection of contributions by academics, high level experts and policymakers presenting progressive policy solutions to turn the challenges linked to migration and integration into social and economic opportunities for the European Union and its member states. The analyses touch upon the institutional frameworks in which integration policies are developed from the European to the local level as well as the existing cooperation models between local authorities and civil society organisations to provide services to migrants and refugees.

The event will be an opportunity to discuss together with high-level academics, policy makers and policy analysts how to promote the role of local actors, improve cooperation between different levels of governance and civil society in the process of integration of migrants and refugees.
LOOKING BACK AT… SOLIDAR Study visit in Tartu, Estonia
SOLIDAR and our Estonian member Johannes Mihkelson Centre (JMC) organised a study visit in Tartu. The study visit was an opportunity for SOLIDAR members and partners from all over Europe to learn about the situation of refugees and long-term unemployed people in Estonia and the activities run by JMC to support the integration of resettled people and asylum seekers, long-term unemployed people and ex-prisoners.

Members discussed how NGOs can improve their advocacy and awareness raising skills as well as strengthen their cooperation with local authorities and municipalities to deliver social services.
A detailed report can be found here.

The state of the union - SOLIDAR SG participates at the EESC plenary debate
On 22 September, SOLIDAR SG Conny Reuter (in his function as co-chair of the Liaison Group with European civil society organisations and networks) participated at the EESC’s Plenary Debate on the state of the Union, with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, together with the director-general of BusinessEurope and Luca Visentini, General Secretary of ETUC.
You can watch the debate here.


Briefing paper “The European Pillar of Social Rights – a basis for upward social convergence?”
This paper presents SOLIDAR’s response to the public consultation “A European Pillar of Social Rights”.

We would like to inform you that the SOLIDAR secretariat is currently feeding into the following legislative and non-legislative processes in the European Parliament, mainly in cooperation with the Greens and the Social Democrats. 
Our contributions are based on your inputs to the Social Progress Watch 2015.
  • A European Pillar of Social Rights, Report in EMPL
  • Conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly skilled employment, Report in LIBE
  • Refugees: Social inclusion and integration into the labour market, Report in EMPL
  • Tackling inequalities to boost inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the EU
  • Oral Question on Minimum Income
  • Posted Workers Directive - targeted review
  • EU Action Plan on integration of third country nationals
Migration & co-development: Towards a common European model
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SOLIDAR stands in solidarity with its members to support the victims of the Earthquake in Italy
Read more
State of the Union: Could be better with the right remedies!
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Peace march Perugia
08 - 09 October 2016
Assisi to Perugia, Italy
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Book launch 'From Europe to local: Migrating solidarity'
10 October 2016
Brussels, Belgium
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CSOs providing social services in the western Balkans: Challenges & opportunities!
11 October 2016
Brussels, Belgium
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SOLIDAR Board Meeting
29 November 2016
Brussels, Belgium

Final conference and SAF
Exact date to be decided
Brussels, Belgium
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