German-French Conference on Poverty and Social Inequality
An attempt to Make a Step ForwardMay 30th, 2016
On Tuesday 24th of May the conference “Poverty and social inequality: the challenges for France and Germany” was held at the French Embassy in Berlin. After the welcome address by H. E. Ambassador Philippe Etienne, the Secretary of State in charge for Disabled People and Fight against Exclusion, Ségolène Neuville, and the State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Germany, Yasmin Fahimi, gave their opening speech.
In a subsequent public debate led by Joachim Fritz-Vannahme, the Program Director of the future of the Bertelsmann Foundation in Europe, the two Secretaries of State discussed with Marcel Fratzscher, President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), and Helen Périvier, economist and researcher at the french economic observatory (OFCE), of the University of Sciences Po. The main topic discussed was about the German and French challenges in poverty reduction, which have been debated under the moderation of the Director of the program “The future of Europe” by the Bertelsmann Foundation.
The Bertelsmann Foundation, established in 2008, is the North American arm of the Germany-based Bertelsmann Stiftung. They are a driver of social change and they are committed to promoting the freedom of individuals and societies, and international understanding. The Foundation develops, creates, and implements its own projects and programs and it can be considered a "Centre for European Excellence". Its international work focuses on the trans-Atlantic partnership and the new foreign-policy challenges that that alliance faces. The Foundation also places great emphasis on the impact of the financial crisis on US and European economic and social policy.
Paola Pluchino, Berlin Global