1 JRC-IPTS MIREIA experts Workshop: Measuring the impact of e-inclusion intermediary actors "Social policies and innovation policies in the EU current agenda" Agnès HUBERT, Bureau of European Policy advisors (BEPA) 29 May 2013 Granada 4th global forum on telecenters
2 BEPA: the Bureau of European Policy Advisers BEPA provides the President of the European Commission, the College of Commissioners and the Commission services with strategic thinking and policy advice, helping to shape policy options in the medium and long term. We operate directly under the President s authority.
3 OUTLINE Social policies the current EU agenda The Changing welfare agenda Empowering people, driving change
4 "We have all committed to growth through our Europe 2020 Strategy and the Compact on growth and jobs. But the time has come to make good on this commitment The solution to our social crisis is not to abandon the European Social Model. The solution is to reform our social market economy. The Commission is preparing a Social Investment Package with a set of focused and concrete actions on how these reforms can take shape in our Member States and what the EU can do to support them.
5 The current EU Meta agenda: Europe 2020 and the stability and growth pact Long term sustainability: The Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Macroeconomic imbalances: The new "Euro Plus Pact, a more stringent successor to the Stability and Growth Pact. Focus on budgets Political Union: Democratic legitimacy and accountability (blueprint for a deep and genuine EMU 28/11/2012)
6 Instruments of economic governance The Annual growth survey (AGS) kick-starts the European Semester for economic policy coordination, which ensures Member States align their budgetary and economic plans with the Stability and Growth Pact and the Europe 2020 strategy Five priorities : pursuing differentiated growth-friendly fiscal consolidation; restoring normal lending to the economy; promoting growth and competitiveness for today and tomorrow; tackling unemployment and the social consequences of the crisis; modernising public administration. 2010: Fiscal consolidation and economic reforms 2011: better performing education and training systems to raise overall skill levels 2012: public employment services, "active labour market policies", youth guarantee, active inclusion strategies 2013: performance of IT industries, Tackling unemployment, innovation in the public sector
7 Crisis management New policy thinking: Cost containment imperative Investment in sustainability (fixed assets and/or investments in people)
8 The new welfare agenda Objective: The Union s aim is to promote peace, its values and the well being of its people (art 3TEU) Changing focus: From compensating to capacitating (Rawls to Sen) Financial constraint: efficiency gains in the production and the delivery of well being Issues: employment, ageing, inequalities, gender equality, changing family structures, migration Key features: Focus on the distributional and design aspects of welfare systems From access to self-determination (competence, autonomy and relatedness) and co-production (social innovation) measured in perceptions of well being
9 Social investment for growth and cohesion Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage Active inclusion of people excluded from the labour market Social services of general interest Long term care in ageing societies Confronting Homelessness Investing in Health The social economy, social enterprises, social innovation
10 Back to the future: 2030, Citizens in an interconnected and polycentric world (ESPAS) 3 major Trends that will shape the world in 2030: Empowerment of individuals Greater stress on sustainable development (resource scarcity, persistent poverty, climate change) Emergence of a more polycentric world (power away from the states, growing governance gaps) Policy options to deal with them
11 Monitoring well being for social inclusion Why? EU Human capital - Micro level: From information to knowledge - Macro level: Efficiency of welfare systems (including in delivery and design)participation in policy making What? Interconnected measures -Preference satisfaction: income (material living conditions) -Objective lists: basic material needs+ (Health, education, economic and physical safety) -Eudemonic approach(living well): experience meaning, engagement and strong social relationships (productive and valued activities, governance and basic rights, leisure and social interaction) -Hedonic approach: balance of positive and negative feelings (emotions) -Evaluative approach: satisfaction with life overall (overall experience of life) How? Empowering people, driving change - Timely specific information for policy makers - Composite indicators to engage public debate and active participation