On Monday 11 September 2023, the first of a series of five online roundtable discussions took place in the context of the project “Civil Society Network in the Context of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Greece”, a project funded by the Acf programme and implemented by ELIAMEP together with ICHR.

This event was organised by a working group of NGO representatives (group titled ‘Peace and Justice’) and entailed a discussion of the strategy paper the group had produced on equal and equitable access to social services in Greece.

The roundtable discussion began with a presentation of the paper by Nikolas Spetsidis, Project Coordinator at the Union of Women Association of Heraklion, and Theodosis Geltis, Volunteer Coordinator at KSDEO EDRA, the paper’s main authors, and was followed by commentary on the paper and related issues by Pavlina Spandoni, Senior Social Policy Advisor at the Presidency of the Government and Coordinator of the Committee on Sustainable Development, and Konstantinos Gloumis-Atsalakis, Governor, Organisation of Welfare Benefits & Social Solidarity (OPEKA). A rich and highly useful broader discussion then took place among the other members of the working group that were present.

The event, the speeches and the discussion were moderated by Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos, professor of political science at the University of Athens and senior research fellow at ELIAMEP.