April 17, 2007, Brussels
The European Standing Conference of Co-operatives, Mutualities, Associations and Foundations (CEP-CMAF) and the European Disability Forum (EDF), with the support of the Social Economy Category of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), are organising a European Seminar on Social Economy and Equal Opportunities on April 17th 2007 from 10.00 to 17.00 at the EESC headquarters in Brussels. The seminar will explore the role of Social Economy in the areas of non-discrimination and equal opportunities with a particular focus on disability.
The seminar is being held within the context of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All, which aims to give momentum to the fight against discrimination and the promotion of equal opportunities in the EU by stimulating the debate and exchange of good practice; raising public awareness of citizens´ rights in these areas; celebrating diversity as an asset for the EU; and promoting
equal opportunities for all in economic, social, political and cultural life.
In this context, the seminar will convene representatives from Social Economy organisations, European institutions and other key public and private stakeholders to:
- Discuss how Social Economy organisations and enterprises can contribute to the fight against discrimination, with special emphasis on disability;
- Discuss with policy-makers how the Social Economy sector can contribute to maximising the impact of the European Year and its follow-up;
- Learn about EU programmes and funds available;
- Identify examples of best practices within the sector that can be replicated and improved further not only by Social Economy organisations but also by the wider non-profit sector as well as by for-profit entities;
Establish a dialogue between all relevant stakeholders and identify possible synergies and partnerships.
The event will also be used to present a practical Guide on disability mainstreaming that the CEPCMAF Disability Working Group has jointly developed with the European Disability Forum (EDF) to mark the European Year. Based on the example of Social Economy, the Guide is aimed at demonstrating that all organisations, whether active in the disability field or not, can include people with disabilities and disability issues in their organisations and activities.
Simultaneous interpretation in English, French, German, Spanish and Polish, will be provided at the seminar. Registration is free of charge but places are limited; registrations will be accepted on a "first come, first served" basis.
If you are interested in taking part in this seminar, please complete and return the enclosed registration form to the CEP-CMAF by April 1st 2007 by e-mail: email@example.com or by fax: +32.2.512.3265.