The seminar was held as follows:
A first session addressing the
political recommendations which have been or are being formulated in the
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Council of Europe
Parliamentary Assembly on responsible consumption, fair trade and ethical
and solidarity finance, as well as the recommendations and policies
conducted at the national level to support ethical and solidarity-based
initiatives, in order to debate the new prospects provided by these
recommendations and the opportunities for exploiting them, at the national,
regional and local levels.
The following two sessions dealt with concepts geared to pinpointing
possibilities for complementarity between the different approaches to
combating poverty and exclusion which have already been the subject of
discussions and proposals, the ultimate aim being to run several pilot
• First of all, at local and regional level, drawing on the idea of
responsible towns and territories for social inclusion;
• Secondly, projects geared to concluding a multipartite social contract for
social inclusions, with an eye to providing concerted support to individuals
and groups in difficulty, in a manner which is more effective and dignified
than that on offer from conventional assistance agencies and services.
The last session discussed the role of the media in disseminating these
new approaches and alerting the general public to the issues.