• Tuesday 16 April 09:00 - 17:00
  • Events, Funding of Social Services

Unlocking EU Funds for Social Inclusion: Investing in quality services, support and lives

The Helpdesk – EU Funds for Social Services project is organising its Conference on ‘Unlocking EU Funds for Social Inclusion: Investing in quality services, support and lives’ on the 16th of April 2024 in Brussels.

The Helpdesk – EU Funds for Social Services project is organising its Conference on ‘Unlocking EU Funds for Social Inclusion: Investing in quality services, support and lives’ on 16th April 2024 in Brussels. Bringing together a diverse array of social services, managing authorities of EU Funds from different EU countries, EU policymakers, and beneficiaries of EU Funds, the conference will serve as a forum to discuss the enabling environment needed to foster social inclusion with EU funds. 

Register here

If you are interested in participating in the conference, please fill out the registration form by 31st March.

Please note that the conference is free of charge but can only accommodate a limited number of participants. Therefore, we kindly invite you to apply for participating in the conference and we will confirm your participation afterwards. 

As the event will take place in the European Economic and Social Committee, your ID card/passport will be requested to enter the building. Please bring a valid form of identification.


A limited number of participants coming from outside of Belgium will be able to request the reimbursement of their expenses (travel, accommodation and subsistence cost) according to the Commission Decision C(2021)35. Please consult the guidance for reimbursement to see the reimbursement that you could claim. Those wishing to request reimbursement for their expenses can apply for a travel grant in the registration form.

For more information please contact Freddy Jussien (EASPD) at freddy.jussien(a)easpd.eu or Daniele Bregoli (SSE) at daniele.bregoli(a)socialserviceseurope.eu

Draft agenda

8:45 – 9:00

Welcome coffee

9:00 – 9:30

Opening remarks and keynote speech

  • Thomas Bignal, Secretary General, EASPD


9:30 – 11:00

Session 1: The floor to beneficiaries of EU funds

11:00 – 11:30

Session 2: Presentation of social services and the Helpdesk project - Objectives, project partnership, and results 

  • Lilith Alink, Policy and Project Officer, EASPD


11:30 – 11:50

Coffee break

11:50 – 13:00

Session 3: Capacity building - sharing knolwedge, training and the Helpdesk

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00

Session 4: Facilitation - Improving access to, and the use of, ESF+ and ERDF in the field of social services for EU Member States

15:00 – 16:00

Session 5: Policy - Piloting the and upscaling innovative and effective interventions in the field of social services

  • Daniele Bregoli, Project Officer, SSE


16:00 – 16:20

Coffee break

16:20 – 17:20

Session 6: Panel on the next steps - Prospects, challenges, and preconditions for setting up a Social Services Helpdesk

17:20 – 17:30

Closing remarks


Networking drinks