On 21 March, the European Commission organised its first Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth. The Convention was opened by Marianne Thyssen, the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, where she pointed out that this Convention is organised as one of the actions taken by the Commission to demonstrate their dedication and efforts to improve social inclusion and growth for all. The Convention is also linked to the current ongoing public consultation on a European Pillar for Social Rights which was released by the Commission in early March and will be going for the rest of the year and includes fighting poverty, increasing employment, equality for men and women, life long learning etc.
Other speakers of the day included Jetta Klijnsma, Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands, and Allan Larsson, Special Advisor to the Commission for the European Pillar of Social Rights. The full day Convention also included parallel and interactive workshops where all participants, representing different civil society organisations and public authorities, could discuss challenges and actions for improvements in the fields of employment and inclusive labour market, social investment and EU funds, social convergence and fight against poverty, and integration of refugees.