Seminar for the Urban Poverty Partnership held in Athens

On 27 September 2016, the Urban Agenda Partnership on Urban Poverty assembled in Athens for a seminar, organised by the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) and the Partnership. The twelve thematic partnerships defined in the Pact of Amsterdam are considered key delivery mechanisms within the Urban Agenda for the EU. Each Partnership will focus on measures to make better use of existing EU regulations and funding in relation to urban areas. Furthermore, it will showcase and share best practice knowledge.

The Urban Poverty Partnership, coordinated by France and Belgium, came together with stakeholders from European city administrations, national ministries, practitioners in the social realm, and researchers working on urban poverty. The goal of the seminar was to identify the bottlenecks and potentials of the issues at stake and to generate input for the next phase of the Partnership: the definition of the objectives and deliverables, which constitute the core of the Action Plan.

The discussions took place within four interactive thematic workshops - on Identification of Urban Poverty, on Urban Poverty, Welfare and the Labour Market, on Urban Poverty and Public Services, and on Child Poverty. The workshop results will inform the Partnership's further work towards an Action Plan. The Action Plan will define and propose ways to achieve better regulation, better funding, and better knowledge exchange on the topic of urban poverty.

The next meeting of the Partnership will take place publicly during the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) in Brussels on 11 October 2016.

More general information on the Partnership is available here.