Social Platform calls for equality first for an inclusive growth
On May 3 we participated in a meeting with the Governmental Expert Group and the Commission together with the Equality Networks AGE Platform, EWL, ENAR and ILGA-Europe to discuss the next Equality Summit in Nicosia, Cyprus on November 22-23.
The Commission informed the member states that the Summit is a joint event by the Commission and the Presidency and that they expect it to be a high level event with the participation of Ministers and not desk officers.
The Cyprus presidency presented their plans for the Summit. The theme will be 'Equality for Growth' with a focus on accessibility and equality policies, economic and social cohesion, and to improve synergies with the Europe 2020 Strategy and its targets on employment, education and combating poverty. The aim is to show how diversity and equality can lead to economic development and growth, and promote creativity and innovation. The methods will be mainly plenary sessions with some workshops engaging all stakeholders involved.
Pierre Baussand, Director of Social Platform delivered the following key messages:
Also invited was ETUC, UEAPME and Business Europe.
For further information on Social Platform's involvement in the Equality Summit please contact Annica Ryngbeck.