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Policy Webinar: Covid-19 and the EU Response: How “SURE” will Europe Be?


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Policy Webinar: Covid-19 and the EU Response: How “SURE” will Europe Be?

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During the last couple of months, the worldwide economy has been reshaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, putting Europe in front of an unprecedented economic, financial and social shock. Healthcare systems have been overwhelmed, lockdown measures have affected various aspects of our social life, and millions of European citizens fear losing their jobs and facing harder living conditions. This brings major repercussions on our economies, inevitably on the social economy and social enterprises.

In this context, the European Commission is taking action to reduce the negative socio-economic impact from this outbreak and bring the EU back on the track of sustainable growth. During this webinar we hearedwhich measures the Commission took for temporary support. We will deepen our understanding of the ”SURE” programme (”Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency”) proposed by the Commission as a European instrument to ensure that workers receive an income and businesses keep their staff. Finally, we will delve into the challenges faced by practitioners, sharing the best practices in confronting the current Corona-virus crisis.

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  • 15:00-15:05 Introduction - by Bianca Polidoro, EVPA
  • 15:05-15:20 SURE and the labour market - by Matteo Duiella, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, European Commission
  • 15:20-15:35 SURE and social enterprises - by Karel Vanderpoorten, DG GROW - DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
  • 15:35-15:50 Challenges faced by Practitioners during COVID-19 – by Cristina San Salvador, Ship2B
  • 15:50-16:20 Q&A with speakers
  • 16:20-16:30 Conclusion - by Cătălina Papari, EVPA

Meet the speakers

Cristina San Salvador

Cristina San Salvador - Ship2B

Cristina San Salvador is Expansion & Program Development Manager in Ship2B. Ship2B is a foundation that accelerates and invests on social entrepreneurship projects in Spain.

Karel Vanderpoorten

Karel Vanderpoorten - European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Mr. Vanderpoorten is currently policy officer Social Economy in DG GROW and focuses mainly on the following themes: the use of digitization and new technologies within the social economy, scaling up social business models and the creation of business partnerships between traditional and social economy enterprises, financing opportunities for social economy companies and social innovation.

Matteo Duiella

Matteo Duiella - European Commission, Directorate - General Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Matteo Duiella is an economist specialised in labour market and social policies. He joined the European Commission in 2012, working as economic analyst in the unit responsible for monitoring labour market reforms in Member States.

Bianca Polidoro

Bianca Polidoro - EVPA

Bianca is EVPA’s Senior Policy and EU Partnerships Manager and member of the the European Commission’s Expert Group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises (GECES). She joined EVPA in February 2019. She leads the EVPA Policy’s team, which monitors and analyses key policy developments relevant to the VP/SI sector, and implements the multi-annual policy strategy of EVPA. She represents EVPA’s community towards EU authorities (EC, EIB, EIF etc.), as well as other multilateral bodies.

Cătălina Papari

Cătălina Papari - EVPA

Cătălina Papari joined our Policy department as a Policy and EU Partnerships Associate in April 2020. She was a trainee at the European Commission in DG Regio, starting to specialise in inter-institutional European relations and audit, mainly focusing on the simplification of the Cohesion Policy and ERDF.

With the financial support of

European Commision

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