Events/Conf/Fairs, Committee of the Regions, Regions and local development, Employment and social rights
EU regional and local governments are responsible for about one fifth of total government expenditure for social protection and services and therefore play an important role in this policy area. The Committee of the Regions' conference "Poverty and social exclusion: What role for regions and cities?" is the fourth in a series of seven events covering the Europe 2020 strategy flagship initiatives.
In addition to the opening and closing sessions, three workshops will focus on the following themes:
• Social investment: Active inclusion policies at regional and local level;
• Going local: Community development of deprived urban neighbourhoods and rural areas;
• Crossing borders: Trans-national cooperation between regions and cities on social inclusion.
This event is aimed at policy makers and senior experts of national, regional and local public administrations, networks, social and charity associations and academia. Conclusions of the conference will feed into the Committee of the Regions' contribution to the mid-term evaluation of the Europe 2020 strategy to be presented during the European Summit of Regions and Cities in March 2014.