SOCIEUX+ launches new phase of work

 

The support of equitable social protection systems and employment policies remains key for the European international and development cooperation, and has gained even greater relevance in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. SOCIEUX+ EU expertise on social protection, labour and employment, is proud to announce a new phase of work for the next four years (2020-2024).

The first meeting of the new phase of work was held in Brussels on the 23th of September, bringing together representatives of the European Commission, Expertise France (leader), Belincosoc, FIIAPP and Enabel. Representatives from the General Directorate for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and the State Public Employment Service in France, Pôle Emploi, also attended this kick-off meeting.

During the meeting, SOCIEUX+ team presented the latest results from the period 2016-2020, in which 145 requests from 44 countries were received, corresponding to 275 activities with 87 institutions, and the mobilisation of 246 experts.

The strategy developed by SOCIEUX+ in response to the COVID-19 crisis was also recognised during the meeting: the launching of new modalities of cooperation activities, the use of new platforms to work at a distance, and the new focus on remote activities that improve the socioeconomic response to COVID-19 on social protection, labour and employment services and policies.

Feedback gathered from the partners institutions, experts and participants was also presented. From a total of 98 activities examined, 97,2 per cent of partners institutions reported that they would recommend SOCIEUX+, and 100 per cent of respondents reported that they were considering future collaborations.

About SOCIEUX+

SOCIEUX+ EU expertise on social protection, labour and employment, is a Facility for technical cooperation between public and social partners peers. It was established and co-funded by the European Union, France, Belgium and Spain. Based on the peer exchange model, SOCIEUX+ shares knowledge and experiences through short-term missions and activities. Since its inception in 2013, SOCIEUX+ has implemented more than 275 activities in 45 countries, with a total of 8,169 days of cooperative activities.

SOCIEUX+ is implemented by an partnership led by Expertise France, the Belgian International Cooperation on Social Protection (BELINCOSOC), the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), and the Belgian Development Agency (Enabel).

 

More information about SOCIEUX+: www.socieux.eu