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The 4th Annual Convention of the Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion took place on 20-21 November in Brussels.

More than 700 participants attended the event and the FEBA was represented by Gérard ALIX and Angela FRIGO. FEBA was selected for taking part to a "speed dating event" where NGOs, national and local authorities presented 11 projects related to social inclusion. In 2015 the FEBA would submit a survey to its 26 FEBA's members or candidate members with the aim of identifying best practices and determining actions that could be implemented and developed in all or some countries.

The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, addressed the opening ceremony, together with the new Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen.

European aid for the most deprived

In his speech President Schulz stressed the role the European Parliament as regards the adoption of European aid for the most deprived. In particular he said:

"With a few weeks before winter I want to also highlight the Food Distribution Scheme for the most deprived. It was shocking that some Member States had wanted to end this programme considering that there are an increasing number of people in need of it. I am glad they the European Parliament's view prevailed and we still have this means of delivering essentials to the hardest hit".

Presentations and debates showed that the creation of new jobs is still a priority but more efforts are required for social inclusion of the most deprived, especially children, young people, persons with disabilities, elderly and homeless people. NGOs and cities presented many concrete and transferable examples of actions they are currently carried out.

Everyone agreed on the necessity for a stronger participation of deprived people during the establishment and then evaluation of actions. NGOs and representatives of civil society should be strongly involved in the drafting and the implementation of the actions against poverty and social exclusion.