What is the European Event?
The European Event, or the European Forum on Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship, organized by the European Network of Innovation for Inclusion of Acción contra el Hambre, is an annual date that brings together national and European experts in the field of social innovation.
The XI European Forum on Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship is an inspiring space in which to learn about European priorities in innovation to generate a more inclusive social and labor ecosystem.
This meeting recognizes and shares best practices in inclusive employment and entrepreneurship from all over Europe and facilitates the meeting of key actors, favoring collaboration and networking.
XI European Forum on Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship
Experiences and trends in Innovation for Inclusion
On June 9, 2023 the XI European Forum on Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship took place in Madrid with livestreaming through our Youtube channel.
At the event, which welcomed representatives from various Spanish and European institutions involved in public social policies, the keys to financing projects related to employability, entrepreneurship and inclusion were shared, detailing financial instruments such as the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), and its new programming period, such as the grants that are managed from the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda.
The Forum also addressed the future implementation, both in Europe and in Spain, of the Competence Centers for Social Innovation - centers in the Member States of the European Union for knowledge and capacity building, to support innovation projects so that they make themselves known, creating synergies - that will help social organizations to program and carry out actions in this area. Since this center has been designed to be a reality in our country in the coming years, the proposal for its implementation by the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 was advanced, and in what way it will benefit these entities.
XI EUROPEAN EVENT'S PROGRAMME
- Olivier Longué, General Director of Action Against Hunger
- María Iglesia, Head of Unit for Employment, Skills and Social Policies for Spain and Malta. Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission
- Patricia Bezunartea, General Director of Family Diversity and Social Services. Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030
- Angel Mª García Frontelo, Deputy Director-General of the Administrative Unit of the European Social Fund, State Secretariat for Employment and the Social Economy
- Luis González, Director of Technical Engineering and Social Action Spain
- José Moisés Martín Carretero – Partner - Director of Red2Red Consultores. Member of the Advisory Council on Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition of the Government of Spain
THE EUROPEAN COMPETENCE CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION
- Irina Stankevičienė, CoP Coordinator on Employment, Education and Skills. European Competence Center for Social Innovation. European Social Fund Agency
PROMOTING SOCIAL INNOVATION: THE EXAMPLE OF PORTUGAL
- Vera Egreja Barracho, Strategic Advisor and Regional Representative at Portugal Inovação Social
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WORKING ON SOCIAL INNOVATION PROCESSES
- Berta González Antón, Advisor to the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Social Rights. Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030
Social innovation experiences, winning and finalist good practices
- SOCIO-LABOUR INCLUSION
- Susana Hernández, President of FACIAM Network
- Leyre Jauregui, Officer for socio-labour inclusion in the BATZEN project - Youth Employment Host System at Zabalduz
- Luciana Verona, Project Coordinator at InterProFinland
- INCLUSIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
- Sophie Guénebaut, Director of Le LABA
- Desiree Scalia, Project Manager and trainer at CIAPE
- Daria Gavrilova, Head of the Training Area at the St. Ezekiel Moreno Foundation
Highlights from the X European Forum on Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship
Cooperation ecosystems and food security as key elements to foster socio-labour inclusion
Last November 3rd, the European Network of Innovation for Inclusion together with Acción contra el Hambre celebrated the X Forum of Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship in Madrid. This gathering, in which experts in employment and entrepreneurship participated, highlighted the need to address, through different social spheres, public entities and companies, issues such as the health-employment binomial or the importance of ecosystems to promote cooperation and collaboration in social innovation. These topics were discussed as key elements to improve the impact on vulnerable groups and enhance their access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
The CEO of Acción contra el Hambre, Olivier Longué, emphasized how “the multiple crises we are currently facing underline the need to foster collaboration between entities in order to keep thinking, devising and innovating for social inclusion". Drawing on this idea of interconnectedness and innovation, the General Director of Open Government and Social Innovation at the Government of Aragón, Raúl Oliván, highlighted the importance of placing social innovation “in a pivotal position within the current political system and linking it to the social contract. We must understand that social innovation cannot be a magical seed, but rather a systemic one, and needs long-term involvement of key actors”.
Pilar Martínez, Sustainable Food Programme's Manager at Fundación Daniel y Nina Carasso, together with Claudia Rocío Magaña, researcher at the University of Barcelona, directed the discussion towards new food security approaches and health practices, stressing how “food security goes beyond mere economic access to food products and includes broader aspects such as education or physical access to products”. Additionally, they encouraged all attendees to innovate, think and imagine through the ecological transition process.
During the presentation of her research study “Feeding a sustainable future”, Claudia Magaña put forward some relevant figures, like the fact that 13% of Spanish households experience some type of food insecurity. She also stressed how "understanding why these households cannot access sustainable, adequate and decent food" is the first step that needs to be taken in order to fulfil people’s right to food security. In her speech, she also recalled the value of measurements, since "what cannot be measured is difficult to manage”, and “in order to design effective solutions that tackle food insecurity, we ought to know the scope of the problem”
In a similar vein, Noemi López, Researcher at the Research Group in Nutritional Epidemiology (EPINUT-UCM) at the University Complutense of Madrid, explained the work she undertakes jointly with Acción contra el Hambre in the promotion of the healthy life approach as a driver for employability, entrepreneurship and health. “Job insecurity increases the risk of suffering from food insecurity and, at the same time, health also conditions access to employment. It is a bidirectional relationship between health and employment”, the researcher claimed.
Finally, the event finished with an award ceremony to the winning and finalist entities of the VI Call for Good Practices on Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship. The awarded organizations were Monaliiku, Plan International Spain, Ingeus, APID – Imprendirotialià Donna, Cyprus Energy Agency and KMOP.