The extent of poverty and social exclusion
in Europe is unacceptable
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To all Participants in SMES
SMES-EUROPA organised a large Conference in Rome from 23
to 25 January 2008. Why Rome - it was here in 1992 - 15 years ago – that SMES began with the 1st European seminar.
We invited all those who participated in any of
the previous nine Seminars to join us in preparing and setting up this
event. We hope that its size and the quality of the contributions will
produce a significant impact.
Discrimination and stigmatisation are on the increase
Marginalisation and poverty affect increasing numbers of
Extreme exclusion claims an increasing number of victims
The European Community, for all its rhetoric on social
exclusion, has failed to address these problems effectively over the last 15
the extent of
poverty and of social exclusion in Europe is
the stigma & discrimination, related to the mental disease,
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the true causes of poverty and exclusion
are far from being
eradicated in Europe.
To look back - what has changed in the last 15
years, for better or worse?
To look forwards - perspectives and proposals for
the future establishment of effective rights and access to health and
Welcome again in Rome for co-working together.
President of SMES