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1 The Platform of European Social NGOs Making sense of Social Investment Presentation by Michel Mercadié member of Social Platform’s Management Committee NET4SOCIETY International Conference on Achieving Impact - Athens, February 26, 2014

2 Who is Social Platform Largest civil society alliance fighting for social justice and participatory democracy in Europe  47 pan-European networks of NGOs Campaigning to ensure that  EU policies are developed in partnership with the people they affect,  respecting fundamental rights,  promoting solidarity, and  improving lives Our members represent 2851 national organisations

3 Social Investment Package (SIP) February 20, 2013: Framework Communication + additional documents EC: social investment to strengthen people’s capacities  alongside social protection and stabilisation of the economy  “simple, targeted and conditional social investment” Guidance to member states:  Increasing sustainability and adequacy of social systems  Activating and enabling policies  Investment throughout the individual's life  use of EU Funds and the ESF in particular as source of social investment Link to the Europe 2020 social targets and European Semester Roadmap for implementation

4 Social Platform assessment of the SIP SI = provision and use of finance to generate social and economic returns  address emerging social risks + unmet needs for the well-being of people and socially cohesive societies Positive:  Social spending is not cost BUT investment  Opportunity: re-balancing social and economic policies Concerns:  Fundamental rights approach  effectiveness and efficiency  Conditionality  Limited Resources EU Funds – national budgets

5 How to implement the SIP Full implementation of social investment  Role of the State as social investor  Involvement of relevant stakeholders at all levels, in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation  Translation into concrete policies (CSRs)  Creation of quality employment Follow-up of the implementation

6 Our contact information De Meeûssquare d 18 B-1050 Brussels Belgium T Facebook: facebook.com/socialplatform


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