On the 27th April 2018, EfVET attended the third Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth, organized by the European Commission. The Convention was a platform for stakeholders, civil society organisations and policy makers to discuss how to improve the social dimension of the EU. This year, the Convention focused on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Through the presentations,workshops and interactive sessions, the Convention stimulated the exchange of ideas and best practices to turn the principles of the Pillar into a reality.

First of all, the Convention started with a plenary talk given by Alberto Alemanno, Professor of Law atHEC Paris, who stated that NGOs should be enablers of dialogue among actors in the social policy field. He also claimed that citizens should start lobbying power and that the problem of the Social Pillar is the ignorance of member states on how to implement.

After this first intervention, the Convention was divided into six workshops. EfVET had the pleasure to participate in workshop 4, Adult learning and skills: a key contribution to the European Pillar of SocialRights. During this session, the European Agenda for Adult Learning and the Recommendation on Upskilling Pathways were presented as examples of EU measures that support Member States in developing adult learning systems and, in so doing, support the implementation of the first, fourth and fifth principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The main questions that were discussed during the workshop were the following:

1.Which aspects of the European Agenda for Adult Learning and the Upskilling Pathways initiative are particularly relevant for your organization?
2.How could your organization support regional or local authorities in implementing the EuropeanAgenda for Adult Learning, the Upskilling Pathways initiative and by extension the EuropeanPillar of Social Rights?

Last but not least, the key messages and recommendations from the workshops were discussed at the end of the Convention. For instance, according to Jana Hains worth, President of the Social Platform, one of our key concerns is the longevity of the Social Rights Pillar: ‘It needs to be prioritized in next EU political cycle and be embedded in macroeconomic policies’. In addition, all the participants agreed that funding is crucial for the success of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Finally, Alfonso Lara Montero,Chief Executive of the European Social Network, claimed that monitoring of the social pillar must include aspects of local social protection indicators, which are currently missing in the social scoreboard.

Reported by Danel Ocio