|Location||Itinera Institute, Boulevard Léopold II 184d, 1080 Bruxelles|
|Time||12:00hrs - 15:00hrs|
|Gallery||See the photos|
As the local elections are approaching, accompanied with the expected changes in the municipal and social services decree, the debate on these local institutions is again being held intensively.
On Monday, June 18th, the Itinera Institute organises a first event on the local elections 2012, in which we examine the Belgian social service department (OCMW /CPAS) and the challenges this complex organization is facing both on the organizational and the policy level.
Myriam Deloddere, OCMW-secretary of Wervik, presents her analysis “Better spending of scarce resources for combating deprivation”, in which she holds the existing organisation model up to the light and puts first more autonomy for the OCMW/CPAS. Hereafter Minister of Work and former president of OCMW Antwerp Monica De Coninck will give her reaction and her vision on the future of OCMW’s by focusing more on the policy role the OCMW should play.
Directly after this there will be a panel discussion with besides Mrs Deloddere and Minister De Coninck also other experts will have the floor such as Philippe Defeyt, president CPAS Namur, Jan Bal, secretary OCMW Mechelen and professor of public management Filip De Rynck (Hogent).
The 2000 Copernicus reform has faded away before flourishing. Belgium has the highest public spending and public employment in the OECD and still the relative quality and quantity of public services remain disappointing. With so many challenges ahead such as globalisation, population aging, the race for talents, the digital revolution, it is urgent to send a wake-up call for a government that is steering and not rowing. Jean Hindriks makes the diagnosis and suggests several “quick wins”.