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New EPA project supporting refugee and migrant parents
FEAD Network launch, new Skills Agenda, Fundamental Rights Forum

EPA Newsletter 5/2016

9 July 2016
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the Summer Newsletter of 2016.

Most of you surely have started your well-deserved vacations. I hope the summer will be relaxing and will offer opportunities to recharge your batteries. This time of the year is the best opportunity to spend memorable and playful moments with your beloved ones, not only your children, but also to spend some time with your partner and by yourself, as this is also necessary. After our successful initiative on World Play Day we can only advise all of you to remain playful. 

For the staff this summer will be relatively busy with finishing some of our ongoing projects in August, but at the same time starting a major new one, developing a useful tool and trainings in supporting refugee and migrant parents. The current refugee crisis does not seem to disappear, and so far the most successful solutions in helping those newly arrived are the ones that offer person-to-person support. Our goal is to help you in this. More information and requests for your engagement will come shortly.

In the past few weeks the Board had the opportunity to participate and raise the voice of parents at important European events. In the News and Events sections you can find the most important reports. In case you have time we encourage you to read the EPA blog to learn about recent European policy developments concerning children and parents

During and after the summer break you hopefully will have time to nominate your applicants for the ALCUIN Award. I would also like to remind you that you have decided to revive the European Day of Parents and Schools this year, so we are still encouraging everybody to start organising events for 11th October and share with us in advance. We will send you a form to register your event early in September.

As it was announced the second conference and general assembly of the year will take place in Sevilla, Spain on 18/19 November 2016, focusing on parents' trainings, using EPA's projects as a basis.

As always, you are very welcome to share your national or local level events and topics for the blog. 

You all know that we started a new sub-page dedicated to good practices and experiences related to the present inflow of refugees as it was requested in Luxembourg. The page can only work if you send your input as promised by participants, so thank you in advance for the loads of e-mails that we will receive on the topic in the near future.

With best wishes for a great summer,

Eszter Salamon
President

 
NEWS and EVENTS

New Skills Agenda launched


On 20 June the European Commission organised a high-level event to launch the New Skills Agenda for Europe to boost human capital, employability and competitiveness, adopted on 10 June 2016. EPA was represented at the event by Vice President Janko Korosec. Read our report here.

 

Fundamental Rights Forum in Vienna


The EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) organised the first European Fundamental Rights Forum in Vienna on 20-23 June 2016. The topics were inclusion, refugees and the digital age. Read some thoughts brought from there here

 

New network launched to support the most deprived

The FEAD (Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived) Network s aiming at not only supporting to deliver the programmes financed by decentralised FEAD, but also to build synergies to give leverage to the support provided, it is a new open membership community for people providing assistance to the most deprived in Europe. Read more about it here.
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