European Network of Social Authorities - ENSA

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ENSA is a network of cities and European Regions coming from 13 member countries that has the aim of promoting international cooperation in the social field. ENSA was established by the Veneto Region in 1999, that is presently in charge of its general coordination. Since then the network has developed and supported solid partnerships between a wide range of European Regions, funded often by European programmes. In addition, it has carried out seminars, conferences, study visit programmes and exchanges of operators.

Its scope of work is to encourage international co-operation, mutual learning, exchange of know-how, of cultural models and of experience in the social sector. Moreover, the objective is to deepen the dialogue concerning social policies with the European Institutions and to favour innovative European answers to social needs.

The network organizes its work in five subject areas of intervention. Each has its own “thematic network”: elderly, youth and family, child issues, disability and social inclusion as transversal topic. This high level platform is open to interested stakeholders, public and private authorities and provides good opportunities for active participation in European policies and strategies.

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