The analysis of social progress trends can provide justifications for policy actions. Policy-makers at different levels have somewhat different focus that should be also taken into account when further developing the index for its future editions. EU policy-makers focus on the EU as a whole, they look for patterns across EU regions and how EU policies can intervene in order to improve the regional social imbalances. Regional policy-makers are keen to know positioning of their own regions and are interested in benchmarking their performance with other regions.
Under the umbrella of the European Social Progress Index, this international event will bring together European cities that are top-ranked on the European Social Progress Index (EU SPI) within their countries. The EU SPI aims to measure social progress for each region as a complement to traditional measures of economic progress. Collectively this summit forms an international network of city leadership that champions the role of Social Progress in their countries.
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In the frame of the EU SPI Pilot project, the team aims to organise a series of Peer Learning Events, some of which will be virtual to allow remote participation for as many of the core members and associated regions of the project to participate.
The first virtual event, focusing on "How is the EU-SPI constructed? What is the methodology behind it?" took place on the 4th of June 2019 at 14.30.
The second virtual event was focused on " What the EU regions think about the EU-SPI : Presentation of survey results". The event took place on the 27th of June 2019 at 10.30.
The event was created in 2003 when the European Committee of the Regions invited Brussels-based local and regional representations to the European Union to open their doors to visitors simultaneously. One year later the European Commission's DG for Regional Policy also joined the adventure.