European Round Tables

European Round table, st April 2014, Europan Parliament

IRIS networks together with SOLIDAR organize annual European Round Tables every year. In 2015 and 2016 third and fourth European Round Tables will be organised in the European Parliament, presenting the project outcomes (policy paper, annual monitoring reports, desk studies, case studies) to EU decision makers.

In recent years, unemployment and social inequalities have significantly increased in the Western Balkans affecting in particular the situation of vulnerable people. Socio-economic dimension cannot be separated from the political one. Therefore, strengthening the active inclusion angle within the EU enlargement approach is a challenge of enhancing European democracy and reinforcing the integration process. The European round tables offer the possibility to discuss about social cohesion, active inclusion as well as the role of social service providers in the Western Balkans in promoting social progress.