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SOCIAL EXCLUSION TACKLED IN AMSTERDAM

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A Dutch organisation which represents deprived urban areas is organising a European-wide conference for similar are...
A Dutch organisation which represents deprived urban areas is organising a European-wide conference for similar areas to tackle the problem of social exclusion, reports The European (p4).

The Amsterdam conference is being organised by Landelijk Samenwerkingsverband Achterstandsgebieden (LSA) for 13-14 June 1997, and will be held just before the European council of ministers summit in the same city.

The ministers will be discussing a revised version of the Maastricht treaty, and the LSA's conference is suitably titled 'No Europe Without Us'.

LSA secretary Henk Cornelissen told The European: 'For people from areas like ours the idea of Europe is very far away.

'What usually happens (at governmental conferences) is that civil servants and politicians travel to a city in Europe, talk about people in areas like ours but never involve them or listen to them - you have to involve them or it won't work.'

No Europe Without Us is funded by the Dutch government, the European Commission, and various other sponsors. The event will be attended by residents from 30 European cities who are involved in the EU's urban programme.

More details are available from the LSA on 00-31-70 380 4431.

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