On 30 August, Equinet representatives met with a variety of social partners and civil society organisations in order to highlight priorities of Equinet’s draft Work Plan for 2017 and to hear about their current and future priorities in order to find synergies and ways for cooperating in the future.
Equinet’s Work Plan 2017 will be voted on during the Annual General Meeting taking place on 29-30 September. Before the vote, it was important for Equinet to meet with different stakeholders, not only to inform them about possible priorities for 2017, but also to hear their feedback on the selected issues and to identify possible areas for future cooperation.
The informal meeting took place in two different sessions, one between Equinet and different European social partner organisations and one between Equinet and different civil society organisations. Representing Equinet were Evelyn Collins (Equinet Chair and Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland), Patrick Charlier (Equinet Treasurer and Co-Director of Unia, Belgium), Anne Gaspard (Equinet Executive Director) and part of the Equinet policy team, Katrine Steinfeld, Jessica Machacova and Silvana Roebstorf.
At the meeting with civil society organisations, representatives of the European Network against Racism, the European Disability Forum, the European Youth Forum, Amnesty International’s EU Office, ILGA Europe, the Social Platform and the European Women’s Lobby discussed their priorities for 2017 with the aim of identifying possible areas of cooperation.
In the meeting with European social partners it was important to not only hear their key priorities in the field of equality and anti-discrimination for 2017, but also to discuss what Equinet and its member organisations can do in order to support and further the social partners’ work. Representatives of the European Trade Union Confederation, the European Centre for Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services, and Business Europe attended the meeting.