Ministry of Civil Affairs P.R.China having exchanges in Italy with the Italian Institute of Social Security and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies & in Belgium with the Federal Public Service Social Security and the Federal Public Planning Service for Social Integration.
Italian Institute of Social Security, Federal Public Service Social Security and the Federal Public Planning Service for Social Integration from Belgium hosted the Ministry of Civil Affairs P.R.China visit organized within Component 3 Social Protection Reform Project on November 30th-December 7th, 2017.
The main focus of the visit was given to social assistance means testing; policy implementation and monitoring. Component 3 of the EU-China SPRP Project through the visit continue supporting the Ministry of Civil Affairs P.R.China with EU-China knowledge and practical exchanges.
In Italy the MoCA visit was coordinated by the INPS following issues had been addressed:
Equivalent Economic Situation Indicator (ISEE) and its strategic role in the Italian Social Protection system as well as a monitoring tool of the Italian households’ wealth and a guide for the evolution of Social Protection policies. “ISEE Simulator” was demonstrated through the INPS webpage. In addition, INPS presented the Italian National Social Assistance register for all the benefits and services provided to each citizen by each institution (public and private, at central and local level). Finally, Social Assistance for specific groups – services for children, families and vulnerable people - allowances for children, motherhood and low-income families were shared during the visit.
In Belgium the MoCA visit was coordinated by the Federal Public Service Social Security and the Federal Public Planning Service for Social Integration.
The Federal Public Service Social Security was introducing MoCA delegation to means testing in the three social assistance schemes: minimum income for the elderly, people with disabilities and people on active age and sharing the main assumptions of the Crossroadsbank for Social Security.
The Federal Public Planning Service for Social Integration presented to MoCA delegation means testing – measures, data base; main achievements as well institutional responsibilities and funding sharing. Finally, poverty reduction policies, main responsibilities and activities undertaken in Belgium were presented.
Moreover, in Belgium few field visits in Gent and in Brussels were organised. In gent MoCA delegation visited the social assistance innovative service delivery at Campus Prince Filip, the local center for public welfare of Ghent and the Care center “Het Heiveld” (providing service flats; local service center Wibier and active volunteers at Wibier).
In Brussels MoCA delegation visited the local center for public welfare of Saint-Gilles (municipality in Brussels). During this visit coordination of social services; participatory approach and collaboration with the private sector as well structure and financing of the local center were presented and discussed. In addition, short visit to services users (cooking services) were organized.
The study visit gave an opportunity to MoCA delegation for sharing knowledge and practices on the policy design and policy making as well holding practical exchanges with the central and local social assistance staff and NGOs.
Further cooperation will be continued during the coming activities of the Component 3 SPPR activities.