EUROsociAL II. Political dialogue to act for social cohesion

The second phase of the programme EUROsociAL, which started in 2011 is about to end and in the next months the European Commission is going to launch a new phase.
Following the EU-CELAC 2015 Summit, which took place last June, the seminar in Madrid analyzes in depth the political dialogue on common challenges that societies from the two regions have to tackle.

This very aspect is the target of the technical assistance delivered by EUROsociAL over these last five years by adopting a territorial twin-track approach: fostering on one hand consistent sectoral policies with an impact at territorial level, and on the other national policies of regional development at the benefit of social cohesion.

FormezPA, as operating partner of the programme for the thematic priority “Decentralization and territorial cohesion”, is entrusted with the organization of a thematic seminar on October 21, 2015 on public policies for territorial development entitled “Territorio y Políticas Públicas: Reduciendo brechas territoriales para la cohesión social”. During the seminar, three relevant experiences gained in the sphere of multi-level governance in Colombia, Argentina and Guatemala with the technical assistance of EUROsociaAL were outlined, which enabled the comparison among three countries with three different levels of development and with a different government structure.

The seminar in Madrid pursued a dual general objective:

  • to outline the progress and the outcomes achieved owing to EUROsociAL technical assistance in “territorialising” sectoral policies and fostering national policies and strategies of regional development;
  • to encourage the sharing of experiences and opinions on common bottlenecks, thus boosting consistent policies and pursuing sustainable development at national and regional level.

An important debate on the concept of territory was opened, in order to understand the processes of welfare and of other priority social rights and integrate them in the decision-making process of public policies.

Around 250 participants took part in the event, leading figures of Latin-American and European institutions, who contributed to making the event a relevant opportunity for exchange and mutual enhancement.
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