Institute for Politics and Society in cooperation with Municipality of the Town Ústí nad Labem invites you to a debate on the topic of Reflection of Social Policy and Social Security Benefits.

Negative after-effects of the reform initiated by minister Drábek are still noticeable even today. Municipalities have lost the competence of paying out social benefits using delegation of authority. Therefore, social workers do not keep track of the payouts or monitor of the motivation for the long-term unemployed to get back to work and become a part of the society has gone worse too. In the period of conjuncture accompanied by the extremely low unemployment rate, the socially marginalized areas are fast spreading and the number of people there is rising. Because of this situation there has been a dramatic rise in the state social security budget.

What are the possibilities for how to change the situation? What can we do to combat poverty and what is the role of municipalities in the social security system? Is the current state policy effective and do the current means bring requested changes? What are the arguments for and against the suggestion of a new law by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs that would invalidate current means of housing policy? Are the fee-free areas going to spread into other cities in the Czech Republic? Could the social housing system be the solution?


13:30 – 13:45 Registration, Introduction: Ing. Eva Fialová, Member of Parliament, Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic

13:45 – 14:30 First block of presentations:

  • Mgr. et Mgr. Tomáš Vlach, Deputy Mayor of Ústí nad Labem: Fundamental help for municipalities in 15 points of how to combat poverty
  • PhDr. Roman Nogol, MPA, Secretary of Municipal Authority of Karvinát: This state is not solidary with disadvantaged cities and municipalities. A suggestion of a change of Budget Determination Policy by introducing compensation benefiting
  • Ing. Ivana Šťastná, Head of Department of Social Affairs, Municipality of Ústí nad Labem: Theory versus practice

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 15:45 Second block of presentations 

  • Ing. Radka Maxová, Member of European Parliament: How to help marginalized areas
  • Mgr. Zdeňka Cibulková, Director at the Social Affairs and General Directory Department, Labour Office of the Czech Republic: Activation of The Labour Office clients leading to their return to the Labour marketing
  • Ing. Vít Lesák, MSc., Director, Platform for Social Housing: Effective system for homelessness and activation
  • Kateřina Smejkalová, M. A., Academic Worker, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in the Czech Republic: Lesson from the Hartz reforms of the labour market and social security systems in Germany

15:45 – 16:30 Discussion, end of the event

The event will be held on the 10th of December 2019 from 13:30 to 16:30. The event is by invitation only. The working language is Czech.