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14th Gare Européenne et Solidarité Steering Committee


Swedish station owner Jernhusen signs the European Charter


Gare Européenne et Solidarité at the FEANTSA Policy Conference 2015 in Paris


13th CODIR of the Charter

Work in stations

The pilot project WORK IN STATIONS gathers three countries (Belgium, Italy and France) to develop innovative cooperation models in the field of inclusion through work on the train station's economic area.
The project has been imagined as a continuation of a transnational social experimentation called "HOPE IN STATIONS", which aimed at implementing and evaluating, between January 2010 and December 2011, new social tools to help homeless people in European train stations.

WORK IN STATIONS is based on the cooperation between:

  • For-profit companies (SNCB-Holding, SNCF, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, subcontractors and tenants of the stations, etc.)
  • Social economy structures (ENSIE, FEBISP, Europe Consulting Onlus, FNARS Île de France)
  • Local authorities (City of Paris, City of Brussels, City and Province of Rome Lazio Region, etc.)
This tripartite partnership is being set up and mobilized around the train stations of 3 European capital cities: Bruxelles Central, Paris Nord-Est and Roma Termini.

The project aim is to build a common approach among all partners to create and formalize efficient partnerships in the field of inclusion through work for disadvantaged people. In April 2013, long-term partnerships could be built on each site, via the signing of local agreements, or action plans, presenting concrete projects for inclusion through work.

As social experimentation, great importance has been given to the evaluation, which has been supervised on the European level by the laboratory ZSI, in collaboration with the different stakeholders, local researchers and beneficiaries of social policies. This joint study aimed at:
  • Defining the target groups;
  • Analyzing the socio-economic potential of each site;
  • On the local level, identifying relevant actions in order to develop employment and professional skills;
  • On the macro level, formulating recommendations on innovative partnerships for inclusion through work.
Amongst the best practices considered by the project, some are particularly worth of mention: the experience in Central Brussels station, where a cooperative set up a service to rent, maintain and recycle bicycles, employing homeless people that hang around in the station; the Italian case of the social cooperative entrusted by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane with the ticket service in some stations of the Adriatic area; and the renovation of a degraded part of the Gare du Nord in Paris repainted by the French Railways, employing young people in need with the collaboration of a training School specialized in ambient painting.
The social recovery of unused real estate properties may be an important driver for the start up of microenterprises dedicated to inclusion of people in need in the labour market.