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Social Cohesion Development and Research  
Social Security
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Social Policy for Families and Children

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Dialogue platform on ethical and solidarity-based initiatives for combating poverty and social exclusion
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Methodological tool to develop co-responsibility for social cohesion
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Forum 2001 New social demands and governance
Because one of the fastest growing areas of interest in the field of social policy concerns the relationship between new social demands and governance, the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Nordic Council of Ministers, is organizing a Forum designed to share and exchange ideas on some of the many important aspects of new social demands and governance. The Forum will bring together government representatives, policy makers and researchers in social policy from both public and private institutions, members of the civil society and the private sector.
Opening session
Maija PERHO, Minister of Social Affairs and Health of Finland, Chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers
Gabriella BATTAINI-DRAGONI, Director General of Social Cohesion, Council of Europe

Maggi MIKAELSSON, Member of the Swedish Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Gilda FARRELL, Head of the Social Cohesion Development Division, Council of Europe
 
Session I: How to detect new social demands?
Chair: Frédéric LAPEYRE, Programme Advisor, Social Cohesion Development Division

What are the mechanisms by which people can introduce a new issue onto the social agenda of a government, and what are the mechanisms used by a government to detect new social demands? What is the role of civil society organizations in terms of communicating new social demands?
Akaki ZOIDZE, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Affairs (Georgia)
Hans P.M. ADRIAANSENS, Chairman, The Netherlands Council for Social Development/Dean of University College Utrecht (Netherlands)
John HALLORAN, Secretary of the European Social Network (United Kingdom)    
Elena KALININA, Rector of the International Institute « Women and Management », Counsellor of the Government of St. Petersburg (Russia)

Hans-Dieter KLINGEMANN, Professor, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Freie Universität, Berlin (Germany)

 
Session II: Are institutions adaptable, or do new social demands also require new institutions?
Chair: Gilda FARRELL, Head of the Social Cohesion Development Division, Council of Europe

Do existing institutions change? If so, how do institutions transform and adapt in order to meet new social demands? Are governments willing to control new social demands? Is there a willingness to anticipate new social demands in turn entailing a risk of failing to predict them, or are governments only dealing with established social demands?

Maija PERHO, Minister of Social Affairs and Heath, (Finland)    
Tomas JELINEK, Counsellor to the Presidency (Czech Republic)    
Agnès HUBERT, Counsellor, Governance Team, European Commission
Annelise OESCHGER, ATD 4th World Movement, Vice-President of the Liaison Committee of NGOs of the Council of Europe
Chiara SARACENO, Professor, Department of Social Sciences, University of Torino (Italy)
 
Session III: What is the role of the private sector in terms of social demands?
Chair: Stefano DOMINIONI, Administrative Officer, Co-ordination Unit: Stability Pact and Assistance Programmes, Council of Europe
How does the private sector view its responsibility in terms of social demands compared to, and in partnership with, that of the government? What role should the private sector play in the supply of welfare services? How does the government view its responsibility in terms of social demands compared to, and in partnership with, that of the private sector?

Thérèse de LIEDEKERKE, Director of Social Affairs, Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederations of Europe (UNICE)

Jacques CHEREQUE, Vice-President of the Conseil Général de Meurthe-et-Moselle, Regional Counsellor of Lorraine, former Government Minister (France)
Malin NILSSON, Director of Public Affairs, VOLVO Group (Sweden)    
Severo BOCCHIO, Director, Fondazione Lucchini (Italy)    

Jean LAPEYRE, Deputy Secretary-General, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

Peter KENWAY, Director, New Policy Institute (United Kingdom)    
 
Session IV: What is the added value of cross-sectorial partnerships in a government’s capacity to handle new social demands?
Chair: Mr Vlado Dimovski, Minister of labour, Family and Social Affairs, Slovenia
Is a partnership between the public sector, the private sector and the civil society an answer to better governance and a response to new social demands? Is a better-developed partnership between different levels and sectors in the public sector an answer to better governance and a response to new social demands? What role should the local level play?
Síle O’CONNOR, Professor of social policy, School of Policy Studies, University of Ulster (Northern Ireland)
Marek RYMSZA, Researcher, Warsaw University, adviser to the Chancellery of the Polish Senate and the Institute of Public Affairs (Poland)
Sylvain GIGUERE, Administrator, Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED), OECD
Maggi MIKAELSSON, Member of the Swedish Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Katalyn TAUSZ, Head of the Chair of Social Policy, Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary)
 
Conclusive session: synthesis of the workshops and future challenges
Gilda FARRELL, Head of the Division for Social Cohesion Development, Council of Europe
Siguður HELGASON, Deputy Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers