As a part of the 2017 Component 3 of the EU-China SPRP work plan a 2-weeks training to France has been organized for the Ministry of Civil Affairs P.R.China with participation of central and local government staff. The training was coordinated by Expertise France with cooperation of MoCA and the Component 3 Coordinator Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy of Poland and Ms Marzena Breza the EU Resident expert of Component 3 who was also accompanying the MoCA delegation to France. MoCA delegation consisted of 15 participants were officials from Ministry of Civil Affairs with the head of the delegation Mr Liu Yong Deputy Director General of Social Assistance Department and ten provincial level staff - directors of social assistance offices from Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shandong, Hubei, Guangxi, Chongqing, Guizhou, Shaanxi, Gansu.
The main goal of the training was sharing information on policy design, knowledge and practices in terms of on Social Assistance Benefits and Services Legal Framework, Implementation and Monitoring. During the training following issues were specifically deepened and discussed: experience of French and other EU countries and European institutions European Parliament & Council of Europe – actions done for social cohesion; reporting; reviewing as a part of policy making and designing new policy instruments; European ‘focus’ on comprehensive approach labour and social policy and instruments/benefits – cooperation of labour office with social assistance beneficiaries; Legal framework (national&European approach); Cooperation between different levels of the government; State and NGO within social assistance system; Target groups of social assistance elderly; disabled; children, etc.
During the two weeks training several training sessions, presentations and field visits were organized. Intuitions involved in the training included French one located in Paris and Strasbourg (Expertise France; Ministry of Social Affairs and Health; National Family Allowances Fund Autonomy Solidarity Fund (CNAF); Department Social Assistance Office – Bas-Rhin Region; Public Employment Agency Strasbourg- Hautepierre; Local Family Allowances Fund (CAF) Bas-Rhin Region; School of Social Work in Strasbourg (ESTES- Strasbourg); Obernai – creche & Social Action Center (public institution); and European level like the European Parliament (Commission for Employment and Social Affairs) and Council of Europe (Department of Social Cohesion and Diversity). Beside the governmental level intuitions some NGOs (NGO Caritas France and NGO services Secours Populaire (People’s aid)) contributed to the knowledge and practice exchanges during the training period.
Thanks to the engagement in the training policy makers, EU experts and practitioners in the field of social assistance at the national (French) and EU level, the MoCA delegation had the opportunity for concrete knowledge exchange and sharing practices in a view of challenges for social assistance system in Europe and China.