On 21 June 2021, minister for Family Affairs and Integration, Corinne Cahen, digitally took part, in the Conference launching the European Platform on Combatting Homelessness, organised in Lisbon by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Commission and the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA).
This initiative contributes to the renewed joint commitment made in Porto with social partners and civil society organisations to implement the action plan for a strong social Europe.
Throughout the day, the minister took part in an exchange of testimonies, a ministerial debate and two round tables on the subject of successful national, regional and local approaches to combatting homelessness, as well as on the next steps and priorities in the fight against homelessness in Europe.
In her speech, Corinne Cahen stressed the importance of tackling homelessness on different levels: "In its fight against homelessness, the Ministry of Family Affairs and Integration offers specialized infrastructures such as the 'Wanteraktioun' or the new night shelter for women, as well as 'housing first' and social housing for those in need."
By supporting mutual learning between policy makers and practitioners, the European Platform on Combatting Homelessness will help to exploit EU funding opportunities, strengthen evidence and monitoring of homelessness, disseminate and promote good practices and review progress towards ending homelessness by 2030 as set out in Principle 19 of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
Press release by the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region