The Platform advocates its ideas by developing common positions and promoting these to European Institutions and other policy decision-making bodies through position papers, campaigns, press and media promotion, participation in conferences and seminars, and regular meetings with institutional representatives and other relevant actors.
Political positions and campaigns are usually developed by its Working Groups â€“ open to all members, which each meet about four times a year and are organized around the different core campaigns of the Platform. These are Social Policy and Fundamental Rights and Non-Discrimination.
The specialised Working Groups identify and propose areas of work, and determine the direction and timing of any action. They draft policy papers with the support of the Secretariat, and are responsible for ensuring that membersâ€™ positions are adequately represented.
Working Parties are set up by Working Groups to work on particular specialised issues where necessary.
Regular preparatory meetings with members are also held ahead of important events to channel the membersâ€™ views and ensure that all members are given a voice.
Positions are agreed by members via the Steering Group after a full consultation process has been undertaken. Steering Group meetings â€“ to which all members are invited - take place around four times a year and also give members the opportunity to talk to each other about work in progress. The Steering Group also reviews the Platformâ€™s progress in executing its work programme.
The Platform held its first General Assembly on March 21, 2001, marking its formal launch as an independent legal entity. The General Assembly, which usually meets once a year, now acts as the Platformâ€™s sovereign body. It is where constitutional decisions are taken by all members, and where elections for the Platformâ€™s Management Committee, including the Social Platform President and other officers, are held.
The Social Platform is committed to operating on the principles of transparency, representativity, democracy and equality.
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