A European Social Network 2016-os jelentése (angolul)
- Despite a move towards greater dialogue between the EU and its Member States in the past two years, regional and local authorities are rarely involved in EU policy making and evaluation. This is all the more important since many countries have increasingly decentralised the planning and provision of social services, devolving more power to local administrations.
- Regardless of national social welfare systems, common challenges exist. This shows the importance of cross-country feedback and the need for EU-wide efforts towards better welfare systems and service provision, especially for vulnerable groups.
- The fallout from the financial crisis remains significant for several countries. Fiscal consolidation continues to jeopardise social investment and ‘socially sustainable’ societies.
- Despite budgets constraints, positive, innovative trends must be noted. For instance, the increased use of evidence-based policy and practice can benefit both social services professionals and service users.