EAPN’s 2018 annual conference will be on 5 July, under the title Social Protection for All! How can the Social Pillar and SDGs build stronger welfare states?
The conference will be an opportunity to exchange together on the following questions:
- What is Social Protection for all?
- How can we ensure that all people, children, adults and older people get right to adequate and equal protection against all life risks?
- Do we need a new concept of ‘Welfare States’?
- How can this be achieved ensuring fairer redistribution?
Access to Social Protection and social inclusion is the third chapter of the European Pillar of Social Rights, with social protection specifically quoted in principle 12 “regardless of the type and duration of their employment relationship, workers, and under comparable conditions, the self-employed, have the right to social protection”. It is now a key element of the Commission’s new Social Fairness Package, with a proposal for a Council Recommendation to improve access to social protection, which will attempt to ensure that all ‘workers’ get access to ‘social protection’, including those currently categorized as ‘self-employed’. Principle 14 on ‘Minimum Income’, aims to provide a basic social assistance safety net for those who fall outside the ‘social protection’ net and is currently a key focus on EAPN’s work coordinating the EMIN project and bus awareness raising journey.
However, the ‘definition’ of social protection, currently at EU level, is limited to only those who are in employment, and ‘pay’ for coverage through work-based contributions. Those who fall outside receive only basic income support safety nets (minimum income). Such an approach fails to ensure equal rights to social protection, at all ages and to all groups, regardless of their employment status, risking increasing poverty and inequality, and undermining a more inclusive and sustainable development model.
The SDGs and in particular the ILO’s Social Protection Floor takes a broader definition on social protection as “basic social security guarantees which secure protection aimed at preventing or alleviating poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion’’ aiming to cover all groups for income security and access to public health and other services, through the life cycle. In the context of the future of work carrying major threats of unemployment and/or increasingly precarious work, an employment contributions model will increasingly leave more people behind and widen the inequality gap. A new concept of the welfare state and financing is needed, and this is what we will explore in our conference.
It aims to:
- Present why social protection for all is key, including input from people experiencing poverty;
- Discuss the challenges and promising practices from the national level;
- Get feedback & debate on access to social protection and guaranteed minimum income with the European Commission, European Parliament, Council & Civil Society partners;
- Give special attention to the financing and concept of Welfare states with input from the ILO and other Civil Society Organisations.
Key speakers invited:
- People experiencing poverty & EAPN members
- Joost Korte, Director General DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
- Jana Hainsworth, President of Social Platform and Eurochild General Secretary
- A representative of the EMIN project (European Minimum Income Network)
- MEP Maria João Rodrigues, Vice-President of the S&D Group and President of FEPS
- Jan Farzan, German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
- A representative from ILO
- Francine Mestrum, Founder of Global Social Justice
- Conny Reuter, Solidar General Secretary
Practical details & participation
The conference will be from 9:00-13:00 in the Crowne Plaza hotel, rue Gineste 3, 1210 Brussels.
Participants: Around 80 EAPN members, including people with direct experience of poverty, and around 60 external stakeholders participants.
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This event is supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” (2014-2020). The information contained does not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the European Commission. For further information please consult: http://ec.europa.eu/social/easi.
 EPSR: Principle 14: Minimum income “Everyone lacking sufficient resources has the right to minimum income benefits ensuring a life in dignity at all stages of life, and effective access to enabling goods and services. For those who can work, minimum income benefits should be combined with incentives to integrate into the labour market.
 SDG Objective 1: End Poverty, in all its forms, includes the target: Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable
 Access to a nationally defined set of goods and services, constituting essential health care, including maternity care, that meets the criteria of availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality; b) basic income security for children, at least at a nationally defined minimum level, providing access to nutrition, education, care and any other necessary goods and services; c) basic income security, at least at a nationally defined minimum level, for persons in active age who are unable to earn sufficient income, in particular in cases of sickness, unemployment, maternity and disability; d) basic income security, at least at a nationally defined minimum level, for older persons.