On September 7, 2022, the European Third Sector Forum, composed of more than 101 Italian CSOs, organized a panel with representatives from all political parties running for national elections on September 25, 2022.
During the meeting, CSOs presented a six-point action plan to revamp social policy, prioritizing a more robust welfare state, reducing inequality, a novel approach to foreign policy and development cooperation, and new investment in human and social capital. The plan consisted of six main action points:
- Tackling multidimensional poverty and socio-economic inequalities by investing in education and health systems;
- Investing in equitable energy- and digital transitions;
- Supporting welfare systems, especially the National Recovery and Resilience Plan;
- Preserving peace by immediately stopping the war in Ukraine and increasing resources for development cooperation by meeting the 0.7% ODA/GNI target by 2030;
- Boosting cohesion and citizen participation, through programs to involve 100,000 younger citizens to take part in the national volunteer civil service; and
- Empowering CSOs of all sizes through government spending.
The CSOs asserted that these measures would be crucial to supporting the transition towards a more equitable country. CSOs play an outsized role in Italy, employing more than 860,000 workers and engaging over 5 million volunteers, and are crucial to realizing new models of socio-economic development based on social cohesion and innovation.