CSC Documents on Social and Economic Issues 2012

European Social Market Economy
Dialogue Seminar
14 December 2012

L-R: Rüdiger Noll, Jean-Claude Thebault, Stefan Lunte

Press Release

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Opening and Welcome
Rev Rüdiger Noll, Director CSC of CEC - English

European social market economy: social and competitive in a globalized world?
Bishop Gianni Ambrosio, Vice-President of COMECE, Bishop of Piancenza-Bobbio - Italy - Italian

Converging toard a European social market economy?
The situation in Member States:
Prof Dr Heikki Tuomas Hiilamo, Social Insurance Institute of Finland - Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland - English

Dr Andrzej Sarnacki sj, Ignatianum University Krakow, Poland - English

Prof Dr Eelke de Jong, Radboud University Nijmegen - Protestant Church in the Netherlands - English
Read more from Prof de Jong

Youth unemployment - an imminent challenge across the EU
Presentation of best practices
Maria José Tortosa Valls, Caritas diocesain Segorbe - Castellon, Spain - French

Deborah Garden, Youth Work Development Advisor, Frontier Youth Trust - UK - Presentation & speaker notes

Raimund Egger, QuiK-Service of the Kolping Akademie Ingolstadt, Germany - German

L-R: Landesbischof Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Bishop Gianni Ambrosio and Olivier Guersent

L-R: Katharina Von Schnurbein, Rev Rüdiger Noll, Jean-Claude Thebault, Stefan Lunte

L-R: Landesbischof Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Bishop Gianni Ambrosio, Olivier Guersent

L-R: Landesbischof Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Bishop Gianni Ambrosio, Olivier Guersant

Rev Rüdiger Noll

Landesbischof Heinrich Bedford-Strohm

© European Union, 2012


For a stronger policy against poverty – CSC and Eurodiaconia address President Barroso

In a common letter CSC and Eurodiaconia have addressed President Barroso to encourage the European Commission to pursue “with strength and transparency” the objective of poverty reduction in Europe.

With the Europe 2020 strategy the European Union has decided in 2010 on five targets which seem to be crucial for the European development in the coming years. These targets cover employment, research, environment, education and poverty. Until 2010 the EU is aiming at raising 20 million people out of poverty. To reach this goal the Member States committed themselves to define every spring in National Reform Programmes how they pursue this target. After that the European Commission assesses these programmes and gives advice in Country Specific Recommendations to the Member States which have to be adopted by the European Council in the summer. During this month the European Commission works on these recommendations.

“We are therefore very concerned, that in the drafting of last year’s National Reform Programmes and the subsequent Country Specific Recommendations little or no priority was given to the headline target of reducing the number of people in or at risk of poverty by 20 million by 2020,” CSC and Eurodiaconia stated in the letter. The Ecumenical organizations demanded from the EU to strengthen the policy against poverty, especially in this time of crisis: “…we ask the European Commission to steer discussions and recommendations at EU level to ensure the implementation of all Europe 2020 targets and priorities by national governments.”

Furthermore CSC and Eurodiaconia highlighted the necessity to involve civil society and social actors in determining the National Reform Programmes. “Reaching the poverty target and ensuring social cohesion will only be possible if a genuine effort is made by national governments to cooperate and engage with stakeholders and take into account their expertise.”

Social and Economic Issues - April 2012

In these days the European Commission receives the so-called National Reform Programmes of the Member States.

With these NRPs the Member States define how they implement and try to reach the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy. For churches the targets in employment, ecology and fight against poverty are of high importance.

Therefore CSC and Eurodiaconia are following this policy since the beginning in 2010.

The NRPs are now analysed by the Commission which will elaborate Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs). These have to be adopted by the European Council in July and have to be taken into account by the national budgets. CSC and Eurodiaconia have observed that the poverty target, to get 20 million people out of poverty until 2020, is not seriously pursued and assessed in this time of economic and financial crisis and austerity programmes. For more information please use the links.