The Department
Social Cohesion Development
Social Security
Access to Social Rights
Social Policy for Families and Children

Access to...

Social protection
Social Services


Joint cooperation programmes
Dissemination activities
Publications on access to social rights and other issues
Series Trends in social cohesion
Access to Social Rights


 Cooperation activities: Council of Europe / European Commission Joint Programmes

Study visit in Zagreb, Croatia (12-19 February 2007)
5 participants, reprensenting social services and NGOs from Rostov, Krasnodar, Vladimi and Ivanovo regions studied good practices in access to social rights for children and adolescents in out-of-home care.
The access to social rights component of the Joint Programme Russian Federation - Strengthening the rule of law, human rights and educational standards in the Russian Federation (Russia VIII) aims at promoting partnerships, communication, information and providing training on improving access to social rights with particular attention to the entitlement of vulnerable members of the population (including elderly and children's care) and to co-operation between federal and regional levels.

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Management training seminar in Chisinau
Addressed to employees of the National Employment Agency,  the seminar aimed at improving the delivery of services to vulnerable groups, either unemployed or at risk of unemployment
The social component of the Joint Programme Moldova 2004-2006 is devoted to improving access to social benefits and services.

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Study visit on integration of social and health services in Helsinki, Finland (12-17 March 2007)
5 experts from Armenia had a comprehensive overview of the Finnish situation with regard to the delivery of social and health care services at national, regional and local level.
Ukraine and South Caucasus States - Promoting the democratic process Joint Programme has two social components in Armenia and Georgia to support in adopting policies promoting access to social protection, social services, housing and employment, in line with European standards.

List of activities in Armenia
List of activities in Georgia

 Dissemination activities

Launching of the Report and Guidelines on Users' Involvement in Social Services in Riga, Latvia - 15-16 June 2006
Following the completion of the work of the Group of Specialists on User Involvement in Social Services, the final products (guidelines and report) have been translated into Latvian and published. These materials were presented to Latvian government and NGO representatives during the two days launch event in June 2006. Local government representatives and service users were also present.