Event Details

Starts on:08/05/2019
Ends on:15/05/2019
Location:Spain and Portugal


Component 3 SPRP following 2019 work plan organised a study visit to two EU countries (Spain and Portugal).

In Spain the visit was supported by the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Social Security and the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare.

During the visit to Spain exchange meeting with the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Social Security. During the meeting introduction to the legislation, Spanish Strategy of the Social Economy 2017-2020, entities dealing with the Social Economy in Spain.

In addition a field visit to the Special Employment Center that manages the Ilunion Atrium hotel was organized to share the practical examples of integration of disabled people on the labour market.

At the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare an introduction on the policy on social services for vulnerable groups was delivered by Ms. Ana Isabel Lima Fernandez Secretary of State for Social Services. MoCA delegation got an extensive knowledge on the Disability Policies and on minimum income scheme in Spain. In addition, a visit to Servicios Centrales del Instituto de Mayores y Servicios Sociales (Imserso) was organised which was an excellent opportunity for the delegates to learn on the technologies and methods used for disabled and elderly people to ensure their social inclusion.

In Portugal the MoCA visit was coordinated by the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity, and Social Security with a great support from the Social Security Institute (ISS). During the visit an exchange meeting with the ISS staff members were organised. The main topics of the discussion focused on legal framework on social actions; procedures and decision-making processes; and Social Integration Income.

National Line of Social Emergency 144 - Specific service in the scope of social action – was also presented.

The Ministry held also a meeting on social economy. An example of Cooperativa António Sérgio for Social Economy (CASES) was presented. The mission of CASES is to recognize, promote, energize, strengthen and qualify the social economy sector. Based on an effective partnership between the State and organizations representing the social economy sector and assuming the legal form of a "public interest cooperative", CASES aims to promote and strengthen the social economy sector by deepening the cooperation between the State and organizations, as well as the pursuit of policies in the area of volunteering.

In addition a field visit to Visit to the Centre of Social Emergency Housing. Social emergency housing which aims to provide for urgent response regarding transitional and temporary housing for citizens in a situation of social emergency, in cases of extreme vulnerability and lack of protection.

Study visit was an opportunity for practical exchanges as well knowledge especially in the field of social assistance legislation for vulnerable groups.