17 March 2023 @ Porto, Portugal | 10-18:00 | EN/FR/PT/ES
Venue: Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda
How has the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) translated into concrete actions to benefit those living in the EU? Has it achieved a strong social Europe that is fair, inclusive and full of opportunities? Where are the gaps and opportunities?
EAPN Portugal and EAPN Europe will host a People’s Summit in Porto, Portugal, bringing together people experiencing poverty (PeP), our national members, political stakeholders and grass-roots organisations. Through a series of workshops and plenaries, we will address the structural barriers and explore solutions for a meaningful EPSR Action Plan in the next Commission mandate.
This is an opportune moment to influence the agenda of the second edition of the Porto Social Summit by pointing out key subjects that need to be discussed and generate political commitment for an ambitious EU anti-poverty strategy in the next Commission mandate.
Join the discussion!
Key speakers include:
- Ana Mendes Godinho, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Portugal
- People Experiencing Poverty
- Jiri Svarc, European Commission, Head of Unit of Social Policies, Child Guarantee + Social Protection Committee
- Carlos Susías, EAPN President
- Agostinho Jardim Moreira, EAPN Portugal
- Sandra Araújo, Coordinator of the Portuguese Anti-Poverty Strategy
- Catarina Marcelino, Social Security Institute
- Fernando Paulo, Oporto City Council
The People’s Summit will be held ahead of the Porto Social Summit. The EPSR Action Plan has already led to positive results in terms of social policy at the national level. It led to the creation of the Portuguese Anti-Poverty Strategy which we will use as a good practice for the development of an EU strategy and reflect on the existence of mechanisms to guarantee participative processes for citizens and civil society organisations.
Despite the current limitations of the EPSR Action Plan due to the relentless multiple crises, EAPN is still convinced that it remains a tool with great potential and a crucial role to play in the fight against poverty and social exclusion. The EPSR Action Plan must address, in an integrated way, the structural causes and the multidimensions of poverty by effectively guaranteeing the right and access to adequate and enabling minimum income, social protection and affordable public services.
People experiencing poverty are the most suited to evaluate the policies related to it. The impact of the high costs of energy, food and housing affects millions of Europeans. During this People’s Summit, PeP will showcase not only their expertise and capacity for resilience and community-building, but also provide an opportunity for policymakers to meaningfully involve them in order to design more impactful and adequate social inclusion policies that reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing war in Ukraine, the cost-of-living crisis and the energy crisis.
This is an opportunity to create a true culture of participation for people experiencing poverty, and for the civil society entities that work directly with them. Register now to take part.