Grenoble, 21 - 22 novembre 2008 - Forum on Social Experimentation in Europe
This experimental tool for transforming public policy is attracting greater interest, both within member states and at European level. These successful experimentations provide results that can be exploited by decision makers in all the Member States..
This was one of the messages that emerged from the 7th European Round Table on poverty and social exclusion, and the first meeting of European ministers responsible for these issues, held on 15 and 16 October. Developing social experimentation was therefore encouraged, because it contributes to identifying good practice on the part of member states, helps determine appropriate levers for public action.
The European Commission also underlined the usefulness of this tool in the renewed social agenda adopted on 2 July. In a recent opinion, the European Economic and Social Committee took up a clear position in favour of its development.
The issue now is to follow up these positions in operational terms. This is the goal of ourForum. It should enable us to reach concrete results in order to reinforce the social Europe.