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This tool kit aims to provide useful information and ideas to support national EAPN networks is engaging with the National Reports on strategies for social protection and social inclusion (SPSI) and particularly the NAPs Inclusion at national level, facilitating the exchange of practices and experience.
As we realize that many new members have joined EAPN, we start from basics, explaining what the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) is and how it has developed before giving detailed information and timelines on the current year. We then provide information and examples of EAPN actions to date at national and EU level to provide tips and inspiration. A final section gives useful links and contacts.
2008 marks the end of the first cycle of the integrated Open Method of Coordination on Social Protection and Social Inclusion (OMC SPSI) and the beginning of a new three year cycle aligned to the parallel cycle of the revised Strategy for Growth and Jobs. This new stage will offer many new opportunities for NGOs to engage in EU processes and to influence policy developments at national and EU level.