ALDA, in partnership with Civil Society Europe, the Committee of the Regions and the consortium of the project RE.CRI.RE, organized on Wednesday 24 February the seminar “The socio-economic crisis and its impact on European societies and identities: how to shape social policies in today’s Europe?”.

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The event was an occasion to debate with representatives of civil society, policy-makers and experts of social sciences about the design and implementation of social policies in the post-crisis scenario.

The panel, moderated by Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, aimed at analysing the crisis and its effects through a multi-perspective approach by bringing in the voice of different stakeholders from across Europe. “Europe went through a considerable number of crisis in the last 15-20 years that significantly changed citizens’ life. The project RE.CRI.RE is one of ALDA´s pilot projects and wants to be an innovative tool to contribute to bring Europe out of the social-economic crisis” stated Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, in opening the debate.

Yuri Bormann, Policy Officer from the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, stressed European Commission’s commitment to promote innovative responses to the crisis through policies able to strengthen the resilience of societies, renew the European integration and identity and at the same time strengthen the sense of solidarity and the public sphere. He invited the RE.CRI.RE consortium and all stakeholders contributing to the debate “to produce outcomes that have policy relevance“.

A more social and cohesive Europe was the key message delivered by Ms Elsa Laino, Social Services Coordinator at SOLIDAR, while Ms Vera Bonvolat, Executive Committee Member at the European Disability Forum, provided a set of data showcasing how persons with disabilities have been among the groups most affected by the crisis: “The economic crisis has a greater impact on the standard of living of persons with disabilities compared to the general population” was her summarising conclusion.

Prof Sergio Salvatore, Scientific Coordinator of the RE.CRI.RE consortium, addressed the question of the seminar by stressing that “when we think about social policies, we need to start from the principle that policies depend on cultural contexts. In particular, culture mediates the relation between interventions and their impact, as well as the meaning attributed to the impact. Policies are instances of cultures in actions, they reproduce the cultural assumptions they are grounded on. Consequently, the knowledge of the cultural dynamics is useful for orienting and empowering policies: their design, their implementation and their evaluation”.

The seminar was closed by Prof Marco Cremaschi, teaching urbanistic at the University of Roma Tre, who addressed the dimension of policies. “All policies are local, local actors have to act today on global challenges”, was his final statement.

ALDA, in partnership with Civil Society Europe, the Committee of the Regions and the consortium of the project RE.CRI.RE, organized on Wednesday 24 February the seminar “The socio-economic crisis and its impact on European societies and identities: how to shape social policies in today’s Europe?”.

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The event was an occasion to debate with representatives of civil society, policy-makers and experts of social sciences about the design and implementation of social policies in the post-crisis scenario.

The panel, moderated by Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, aimed at analysing the crisis and its effects through a multi-perspective approach by bringing in the voice of different stakeholders from across Europe. “Europe went through a considerable number of crisis in the last 15-20 years that significantly changed citizens’ life. The project RE.CRI.RE is one of ALDA´s pilot projects and wants to be an innovative tool to contribute to bring Europe out of the social-economic crisis” stated Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, in opening the debate.

Yuri Bormann, Policy Officer from the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, stressed European Commission’s commitment to promote innovative responses to the crisis through policies able to strengthen the resilience of societies, renew the European integration and identity and at the same time strengthen the sense of solidarity and the public sphere. He invited the RE.CRI.RE consortium and all stakeholders contributing to the debate “to produce outcomes that have policy relevance“.

A more social and cohesive Europe was the key message delivered by Ms Elsa Laino, Social Services Coordinator at SOLIDAR, while Ms Vera Bonvolat, Executive Committee Member at the European Disability Forum, provided a set of data showcasing how persons with disabilities have been among the groups most affected by the crisis: “The economic crisis has a greater impact on the standard of living of persons with disabilities compared to the general population” was her summarising conclusion.

Prof Sergio Salvatore, Scientific Coordinator of the RE.CRI.RE consortium, addressed the question of the seminar by stressing that “when we think about social policies, we need to start from the principle that policies depend on cultural contexts. In particular, culture mediates the relation between interventions and their impact, as well as the meaning attributed to the impact. Policies are instances of cultures in actions, they reproduce the cultural assumptions they are grounded on. Consequently, the knowledge of the cultural dynamics is useful for orienting and empowering policies: their design, their implementation and their evaluation”.

The seminar was closed by Prof Marco Cremaschi, teaching urbanistic at the University of Roma Tre, who addressed the dimension of policies. “All policies are local, local actors have to act today on global challenges”, was his final statement.