Programme

  15-16 November 2016 #2016PEP

Les Ateliers des Tanneurs, Rue des Tanneurs 58-62, 1000 Brussels

EMPOWERMENT THROUGH PARTICIPATION

One of the challenges for the

European Pillar of Social Rights!

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The European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty

The European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty is organized by the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) with the support of the European Commission, the Slovakian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the EAPN Fund

15-16 November 2016 #2016PEP

Les Ateliers des Tanneurs, Rue des Tanneurs 58-62, 1000 Brussels

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Tuesday 15th November


Participative and representative democracy – Sharing experiences


08.45 – 09.20 Registration/Set up of stands

09.20 – 10.15 Opening Plenary: Chair: Sérgio Aires, President, EAPN

 Peter Vittek, Slovakian Delegation to the PEP Meeting

 Branislav Ondruš, State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and the Family, Slovakia

 Michel Servoz, Director General, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

10.15 – 11.00 Tea/coffee break (participants continue to set up the stands)

11.00 – 13.00 First Round of Group Work (Reflections on participative democracy)

Exchanges between national delegations on the following topics:

 Experiences of participation and empowerment at an individual level

 Examples of empowering and transformative participation presented by national delegations

 What are the conditions that make a participative experience empowering or disempowering

 Lessons learnt

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.45 Second Round of Group Work (Reflections on representative/elective democracy)

Exchanges between national delegations on the following topics:

 Experiences with participation in voting processes, reasons for participation and / or abstention, in particular European elections

 Local or national initiatives developed to increase voter participation

 What is needed to improve representative democracy

 Key messages

15.45 – 16.00 Tea/coffee break

During the tea and coffee break, the flip charts with the outputs of the workshops will be placed near the cluster of stands relating to that workshop.

16.00 – 17.00 Exchanges and interactions with different stakeholders at the stands

Participants will exchange with invited guests around their experiences with participation, voting, and on the collective messages developed during workshops.

Invited guests: Members of the European Parliament, European Commission (officials from DG Employment and other DGs),

representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee and representatives of European Organisations and other relevant actors –

17.00 – 18.00 Plenary session – Reflections on participative and representative democracy

 Sylvie Goulard MEP, Member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group and Chair of the Inter Group on Poverty

 Bart Staes MEP, Member of the Greens / European Free Alliance Group

 Verónica Lope Fontagné MEP, Member of the European People’s Party Group

 Brando Benifei MEP, Member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Group

19.00 Preparations for collective action with national delegations (at hotel)

20.00 Dinner and celebration (at hotel)


Wednesday 16th November


Reflections on Participation in the Context of the European Pillar of Social Rights


Collective action

9.00– 10.30 Third Round of Group Work (link to the European Pillar of Social Rights – EPSR)

Workshop discussions on the EPSR with delegations, guests from European Institutions – European Parliament, European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee, and representatives of European Organisations

 Introductions

 Presentations of positions on the EPSR from guests

 Exchanges with delegates on how the EPSR could strengthen the fight against poverty and increase participation

10.30-11.00 Coffee / tea break

11.00-11.45: Evaluation

 Evaluation of the meeting in small workshops

 Develop feedback messages on how the event has achieved its objectives

11.45-12.00 Family Photo

12.00-12.30: Closing session: Chair: Fintan Farrell, Acting Director EAPN

 Presentation of evaluation messages from workshops

 Reaction: Raquel Cortés Herrera, Deputy Head of Unit “Disability & Inclusion”, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

 Reaction: Sérgio Aires, President EAPN

12.30: 13.30: Participants travel to Schuman – the European quarter.

13.30: 14.30: Collective action in the European quarter (Rue de la Loi, in front of the European Commission) to make outcomes of the meeting more visible

 Audio-visual creative action

 Participants hand-over messages from the meeting to Marianne Thyssen

 Press moment

14.30: Delegations start the journey home

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