At the Nice Council of November 2000, the Member States of the EU adopted a set of common objectives in the framework of an open co-ordination strategy to combat social exclusion. Every two years, each Member State draws up a National Action Plan for Social Inclusion (NAP) which is jointly evaluated. <br><br> The European Commission has appointed non-governmental experts to follow up and assess the whole process at the national level. The present report is the second evaluation study for 2004 in the context of the second Belgian NAP (2003-2005). Whereas the first report (dated 15 April 2004) assessed the inception of its implementation, the present report focuses on the implementation of policies at the local level, by means of five selected case studies. The aim of the case studies is obviously not to sketch an overall picture of the progress made since the NAP was launched. Instead, we want to present some examples of how national and regional policies towards social inclusion ‘trickle down’ to the local level. Some cases give a genuine ‘bottom-up perspective’, providing interesting - or indeed, challenging - feedback for policy makers.<br><br> No hardcopies available. The report can be downloaded using the download button on this page and from the <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/social_inclusion/docs/3be_en.pdf">European Commission's website (> Employment and Social Affairs > Social Inclusion)</a>.