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    The German Association for Public and Private Welfare (Deutscher Verein für öffentliche und private Fürsorge e.V.) is the joint forum of municipalities and non-statutory social welfare organisations and their social services in Germany, the Länder (federal states) and academia in all fields of social work and social policy. Through its experience and expertise, it monitors and shapes policy and legislation in relation to children, young people and families, the social insurance system, social assistance, assistance for the elderly, care and rehabilitation, social volunteering, the planning and management of social work and social services as well as international and European social policy and social legislation. ...mehr

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German Association: Integration of the long-term unemployed requires tailor-made approaches



The European Commission has submitted to the Council of the EU a proposal on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market. The Council reached political agreement on December 7, 2015 and is expected to adopt a Council Recommendation in 2016. The German Association for Public and Private Welfare welcomes the fact that the Commission’s proposal responds to the need for action to combat long-term unemployment in the EU. In addition, the German Association calls on the Council to encourage Member States to create frameworks for personalised guidance for the long-term unemployed and to develop group-specific services, as well as to consider the integration of the long-term unemployed as the responsibility of society as a whole. The German Association emphasises that the Council Recommendation has to clarify that the specific conditions of the individual Member States must be taken into account and existing standards must not be lowered.

Opinion of the German Association on the European Commission’s Proposal for a Council recommendation on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market
Opinion of the German Association on the European Commission’s Proposal for a Council recommendation on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market [PDF, 190 KB]

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German Association calls for EU focus on effective and reliable welfare provision systems



The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) issued an opinion on the “Principles for effective and reliable welfare provision systems" in September 2015. In line with that EESC opinion, the German Association for Public and Private Welfare calls for a stronger social dimension in the European Union while preserving the social policy competences of the Member States. The German Association calls on the European Commission and the Council of the EU to use existing European instruments as an impetus for social policy in the Member States and to formulate recommendations for minimum requirements in the welfare provision systems. From the perspective of the German Association, the recommendations must to be prepared in such a way that the specific conditions of the individual Member States can be taken into account and existing standards must not be lowered. Based on decades of expertise in the German welfare system, the German Association proposes aspects of important policies and principles for welfare provision systems such as the principle of public responsibility for social services.

Opinion of the German Association for strengthening the social dimension of EU policy – establishing effective and reliable welfare provision systems
Opinion of the German Association for strengthening the social dimension of EU policy – establishing effective and reliable welfare provision systems [PDF, 220 KB]


Michael Löher presents the German model of social services provision and the role of the German Association at the EESC in Brussels


German Association’s Managing Director Michael Löher gave insights into the German practice of social services provision at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), an EU consultative body representing employers, employees and civil society organisations. “Cooperation between the public sector and civil society in providing social Services of General Interest” was the title of the conference on 29th June 2015 that aimed to exchange best practices of cooperation in different Member States and to reflect on the provision of social Services of General Interest at the European level. The meeting featured presentations of different solutions and ideas from France, Germany and Poland. Michael Löher’s presentation stressed the importance of the traditional cooperation between local authorities and non-profit private social welfare organisations in the interest of high quality social services for German citizens.

EESC information on the conference:
http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.events-and-activities-social-services-concepts-solutions

Conference programme:
Conference programme [PDF, 300 KB]

German Association presentation:
German Association presentation [PDF, 430 KB]


German Association at the 23rd European Social Services Conference: “Strengthen local partnerships for better social services


The German Association for Public and Private Welfare regularly takes an active part as a member of the European Social Network. ESN’s 23rd European Social Services Conference “Building partnerships to improve lives” took place in Lisbon, Portugal, 6-8 July 2015. The German Association chaired a workshop together with the network Reinventing Social Affairs: “Partnerships in Changing Communities: cooperation between local authorities, citizens and service providers as a response to demographic change”. The workshop was a great opportunity to show a typical German cooperation between private social service deliverers and public authorities while presenting innovative ideas of cooperation at the same time.

Our report on the workshop:
workshop report dv [PDF, 160 KB]
The workshop presentation:
workshop presentation [PDF, 740 KB]

For further information, ESN’s reports and a video about the conference:
http://conference.esn-eu.org/
http://www.esn-eu.org/news/675/index.html
http://www.esn-eu.org/news/679/index.html
http://www.esn-eu.org/videos/35/index.html

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