Mainstreaming (Tivoli)

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The European approach to mainstreaming

From the background paper for the Tivoli social economy seminar, 5-6 December 2006

The dissemination of main results of round I of EQUAL has strengthened the intent, at national and European levels, to widen and deepen the added value provided by thematic networks.

Within ETG2 ("Entrepreneurship for All") it has been possible to promote the sharing and validation of valuable experiences, to transfer inside policies and practices and to provide to empower stakeholders and operators.

The enlargement of EU and the new season of EQUAL bring the need to support a new strategy for mainstreaming, on the path of the previous stage, heading to new Structural Funds and related national and regional inclusion, employment and development policies.

Mainstreaming and transnationality represent the main perspective that the European strategy expresses, by means of new approaches, that contemplate a growing role of Member states.

Italy has stated the formal intention to support mainstreaming and transnationality at European level, in order to spread and valorise the contribution and innovation provided by the round I experience.

The European Commission has activated thematic networks jointly directed to adopt, test, share and validate successful model and approaches connected to Equal principles and thematic areas. The networking and mainstreaming framework is aiming to promote and support integration between inclusion and employment policies.

Stakeholders, policy makers, beneficiaries and operators are the requested audience for the new action, with the expressed objective of bridge the sustainability and transferability from the projects to policies and practices.

Within the framework of Equal principles, the thematic networks will support objectives as:

  • Validation of results
  • Empowerment and learning for stakeholders and policy makers
  • Joint development of approaches, to face specific discrimination practices
  • Sharing of knowledge and building of common tools for learning
  • Transfer of best practices
  • Policy recommendations