Publication - Introduction to the National Action Plan Against Poverty and Social Exclusion - Office for Social Inclusion - First Annual Report - Implementation of Plan 2003-2004

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The second National Action Plan against poverty and social exclusion (NAP/Inclusion) covering the period 2003-2005 was submitted to the EU Commission on 31st July 2003. The plan incorporates the commitments made in the revised National Anti-Poverty Strategy (NAPS) - Building an Inclusive Society 2002 to 2007, and the social partnership agreement, Sustaining Progress.

The Office for Social Inclusion (OSI) is the Government Office with overall responsibility for developing, coordinating and driving the NAP/Inclusion process. This is the first annual report on the implementation of the anti-poverty strategy produced by the Office.

This report deals with the implementation of the plan during its first year from 1 August 2003. It also incorporates information on the progress made to date on the revised NAPS. The report is divided into two parts. Part I contains an overview of the implementation process and of the main outcomes achieved during the first year. Part II provides a detailed account of implementation over the relevant policy areas, together with the full assessment of the plan by the EU taken from its Joint Inclusion Report.

The following are the main features of Part I.

Section 1: Strategic Process, provides a description and analysis of the process for preparing, monitoring, evaluating and further developing the strategy. It deals in particular with the role and functions of the Office for Social Inclusion, the Committees to which it reports on implementation of the strategy, and on how it assists in coordinating the process. The issue of raising awareness of the strategy and of involving all the actors is also dealt with. Separate sub-sections deal with the social partnership process in relation to combating poverty, social inclusion in the NDP and the EU Open Method of Co-ordination on social inclusion in which Ireland participates.

Section 2: Key Trends and Outcomes, gives an overview and analysis of the trends in relation to poverty; how it is measured; and the scale and nature of Irish social protection expenditure. It also reproduces the summary assessment by the EU of Ireland's NAP/Inclusion. It looks forward to the further development of the process up to 2010, the end of the period by which the European Council pledged, at Lisbon in 2000, that Member States would seek to make a decisive impact on poverty.

Section 3: Main Developments 2003-2004, provides a summary of the progress achieved by the relevant Government departments in implementing the strategies.

Section 4: Irish EU Presidency Programme on Social Issues, summarises some of the main outcomes, relating to social inclusion, of the Irish EU Presidency programme (from January to June 2004) on social issues, entitled More and Better Jobs and Greater Social Cohesion in an Enlarged Union. The OSI was directly involved in the organisation of a number of presidency conferences.

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