The SAM.I. presidium met on the sidelines of the Samaritan Contest in Flensburg, Germany on 25 August 2018.
The main item on the agenda were the preparations for the planned parliamentary evening on 17 October in Brussels. The members of the presidium discussed the agenda and the individual keynotes to be held. They also discussed the status quo of the SAM.I. competence centres.
The parliamentary evening on 17 October meant to introduce the SAM.I. network and showcase several current issues that concern the SAM.I. members to an audience of European politicians and additional stakeholders. Topics will include current challenges for not-for-profit organisations regarding certain aspects of the sustainable provision of social services, volunteers in civil protection and first aid in Europe.
The keynotes of the SAM.I.-speakers will be rounded off by an academic assessment by Hans Lichtsteiner, professor for NGO management at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and closing remarks by the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.
More information on the event is available here.