Monday 28 May

08:30 – 10:45

Registration of delegates

10:30 – 11:00

Press Conference

11:00 – 11:45


Christian Fillet, Chair, European Social Network

Susana Díaz Pacheco, President, Region of Andalusia

Juan Espadas Cejas, Mayor, City of Seville, Spain

Manuela Geleng, Acting Director, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Luis Delgado Sancho, Director, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

11:45 – 13:15

Investing in social services fit for the future

There are a range of different challenges facing social services in the next years, when populations are expected to become older. There is an increasing need to address chronic diseases, morbidity, and long-term care. People with long-term care needs face additional barriers to find and retain employment and meaningfully participate in society. Whilst these challenges become increasingly important, public social services have been facing additional constraints due to the economic crisis. Therefore, the need for evidence-based decision-making is crucial. Maria José Sanchez Rubio (Minister for Equality and Social Policies in Andalucía, Spain) will showcase social policies implemented in the region inspired by a social investment approach. Jeane Freeman (Minister for Social Security) will introduce Scotland’s new social security system proposals to assess the impact of austerity on the most vulnerable. Dietmar Gutschmidt will explain how job centres have become a services hub to support people with complex needs. Finally, Amalia Zepou (Vice-Mayor of Athens) will present local innovative approaches in social policies empowering communities and citizens in one of the countries most hit by the economic crisis

Alfonso Lara Montero, Chief Executive, European Social Network


M.ª José Sánchez Rubio, Minister for the Equality and Social Policies Department, Region of Andalusia, Spain

Jeane Freeman, Minister for Social Security, Scotland, United Kingdom

Dietmar Gutschmidt, Jobcentre Director, City of Essen, Germany

Amalia Zepou, Vice Mayor for Civil Society and Innovation, City of Athens, Greece

Panel discussion followed by interactive discussion with the audience

13:15 – 14:30

Buffet lunch hosted by IBM Watson Health

14:30 – 15:45

7 simultaneous workshops selected from open call running in parallel

Descriptions of workshops available in:

  1. Distributing the European Social Fund from regional to local level in Baden-Württemberg

Ministry of Social Affairs Baden-Württemberg and the County Council of Baden-Württemberg, Germany

  1. Local authorities harnessing the potential of social enterprises to support vulnerable people

Neziskova Organizacia EPIC, Slovakia

  1. The digital map of social services in Andalusia: an innovative tool for the region

Regional Ministry of Equality and Social Policies, Spain

  1. An integrated model for refugees’ inclusion in Danish society

Municipality of Esbjerg, Jobcentre, Denmark

  1. Adhoc Project: an innovative solution and methodology to solve child-to-parent violence


  1. Assessment of health and care needs for highly vulnerable children

The Norwegian Directorate of Children, Youth- and Family Affairs, Norway

  1. Prepare for Leaving Care: young people involved in training professionals

SOS Children’s Villages International

15:45 – 16:30

Network break

16:30 – 17:45

7 simultaneous workshops selected from open call running in parallel

Descriptions of workshops available in:

  1. Preparation and dissemination of the Social Services Development Index in Spain

National Association of Directors and Managers of Social Services, Spain

  1. Integration of migrants: contact point to coordinate public services to support refugees

Public Centre for Social Welfare (OCMW) Antwerp, Belgium

  1. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS): a solution for all ages or a learning disabilities methodology?

Milton Keynes Council, United Kingdom

  1. Implementing the right of persons with disabilities to live independently

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

  1. PACT-Project transferable tools: an innovative partnership for social intervention

Social Services Regional Administration, Ministry of Family and Equal Opportunities of the Government of Castilla y León, Spain

  1. An integrated service for survivors of violence: a cross-sector collaboration

City of Reykjavik, Iceland

  1. Emerging technologies enabling data-driven policy and practice to improve social services

SAP Institute for Digital, Australia, Germany and Italy


Official reception hosted by City of Seville