The year 2020 has transformed the challenge posed by poverty to all of Europe. Through increased functional pressure and restricted accessibility to what are deemed necessary resources (such as healthcare), the risk of poverty has risen manyfold. Now, the EU is at a turning point: either it fights poverty or it will allow poverty to rise to an unprecedented level.
The EaSI programme is the main instrument through which the EU delivers its social innovation policy. It is a Swiss Army knife policy tool that includes three different instruments to achieve its goals. The programme comprises three axes, each representing a different facet of social innovation.
The “Just Transition” approach has gained traction in recent years. It can be best conceptualised not as a rival approach to “Green Growth”, insofar as it does incorporate the concept of Green Growth and many of its policy instruments.