The Bergamo Declaration: the EU and its Member States should implement policies in the fight against homelessness
The 2014 FEANTSA Policy Conference "Confronting homelessness in the EU: Seeking out the next generation of best practices" brought together 400 practitioners from across Europe and beyond to exchange information on policy and practice to prevent and reduce homelessness.
They discussed best practice solutions to the enduring challenges regarding homelessness in the European Union and feedback suggests the conference was very well received. "This is Social Europe in the making – we hope the new European Commission will see this as a clear message that the EU can have an important role in driving social innovation in the field of homelessness.
Such momentum should be seized by the EU in a strategic way to support the achievement of the Europe2020 poverty target", said FEANTSA Director, Freek Spinnewijn. See our press release. European Commission President João Barroso and European Commissioner for Employment László Andor spoke at the conference via video message, looking back at what the last Commission mandate has done for homelessness and what the new Commission can do. Doreen Huddart, Member of the EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) explained the added value of EU cooperation to support progress on homelessness.
See our 24th October press release (in English and French, as well as Catalan and Macedonian thanks to volunteer translators at FEANTSA member OHSJD and the Macedonian Center for Media Activities) and the two videos on our website.
The conference was covered widely in the Italian and international press.
There is a write-up of the conference in Polish, courtesy of FEANTSA member CMSA.
A Declaration (in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian) brings together political messages from the conference about and calls for them to be included in Member State and European Union policy on homelessness in future.