European guests and National organizations from Hungary discussed the impact of the crisis in Hungary, the way civil dialogue is developing in the country and how to ensure that the targets on poverty, education and employment are implemented in a participative manner together with social organizations who represent different groups of people experiencing poverty and social exclusion.
Izabella Marton, Director of EAPN Hungary presented the state of play of the social welfare system in Hungary and highlighted the harsh reality of people and families living on unemployment or social benefits. European organizations visited organizations and service providers supporting the regeneration of one of the most deprived areas of the city centre. Irene Schembri from Anti Poverty Forum Malta, Ivan Cernei and Alen Novit from EAPN Slovenia, Gabriela Krupcikova and Slavomira Marekova from EAPN Slovakia and Tanya Basarab from EAPN Europe participated in this visit.
The Social Platform has been organising these visits with NGOs from Central and South-eastern Europe for the last 8 years. The main aim has been to provide members a basis for the development of their network and building co-operation with NGOs from these countries. Participants in the meeting share knowledge, expertise and experience about their work and around some of the social issues facing European countries but also raise awareness of EU NGO networks. EAPN Hungary members shared with their peers from other countries the challenges of building social and just policies in the country. For a full programme of the visit, please go to Agenda of the Study Visit in Hungary