European Social Cohesion Platform discusses current challenges

The European Social Cohesion Platform established by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers met from 3 to 4 May in Strasbourg.

The Agency introduced some of its current work, on issues such as severe labour exploitation and anti-Gypsysm as a barrier to Roma inclusion, while referring also to the Agency’s recent EU-MIDIS II minorities and discrimination survey and its 2018 Roma and Travellers Survey.

Council of Europe Member States shared their policies and activities to combat social exclusion and various Council of Europe bodies and civil society organisations presented their work in this field. The OSCE highlighted the need to combat chronic social exclusion in Europe as an important future focus for the Platform.

General challenges relating to artificial intelligence and its impact on the labour market, as well as how to make social cohesion work. Recent experiments of shared working time and basic income support were presented as possible responses.