On 18 February, EAPN jointly organized a workshop on how to strengthen the Social OMC, with FEANTSA, Eurochild and Age, under the auspices of the Social Platform. The aim of the workshop was to raise-awareness amongst social platform members of the strengths and weaknesses of the Social OMC, and to develop a common position and lobbying strategy in relation to the Commission and other EU decision-makers. The workshop confirmed the importance of the OMC and its unmet potential, and arrived at a consensus on the key elements necessary to make the Social OMC a more effective instrument in the fight against poverty and social exclusion. A declaration is being finalized and will provide the basis of the agreed action plan. For more information contact Sian Jones (email@example.com). See: EAPN’s Position on Reinforcing the OMC (powerpoint presentation).