EAPN “Ireland in Social Europe” Closing Event – Julien Van Geertsom

EAPN Ireland hosted a closing event for the Ireland in Social Europe Project on Friday 10 June, in the European Parliament Office Dublin.

The event marked the conclusion of the two year joint project implemented by:

  • Community Workers Cooperative
  • Cork City Council, Social Inclusion Unit
  • European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland
  • Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed
  • Northern Ireland Anti-Poverty Network
  • Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice


This saw presentations on:

  • Integration of social inclusion strategies in Cork
  • Burning issues: adequate income, inclusive labour market activation, and quality services.
  • Effective consultation and participation of those experiencing poverty and their organisations.


However, the key note address was delivered by Julien Van Geertsom, President of the Belgian Federal Public Planning Service for Social Integration, which discussed the intricacies of Anti-Poverty Policy in Belgium, National Action Plans, Participation and Working Principles.

To view Julien Van Geertsom’s speech, watch this video.



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