Conclusions of the Conference on the Social Investment Package, Leuven, Belgium
At the conference on the implementation of the Social Investment Package, the event that took place under the auspices of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU in the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Brussels, on 2-3 May, participants emphasised the importance of local and regional partnerships for the implementation of the Social Investment Package. The main conclusion of the conference was that people are Europe’s biggest asset and only by investing more and better in women and men, from birth to old age, will Europe get out of the crisis, and ensure credibility and legitimacy.
In order to embed the social investment approach in EU and national policies, it was agreed that there should be an emphasis on the long-term benefits of early intervention and prevention, which are part of the social investment approach.
The provision of comprehensive and integrated services should also be improved, as well as the balance between activating policies and adequate income support.
And in order to ensure that social innovation delivers in pursuing policies oriented towards social investment, it was agreed that partnerships and alliances between social innovators and stakeholders, as well as knowledge sharing, should be strengthened.
Information and communications technologies are a key avenue for pursuing this goal. Social entrepreneurs are also important actors for social investment by bringing in resources, expertise on the ground, and innovative solutions to communities’ needs.
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