Electing Champions for a Social Europe is a pan-European campaign carried out by the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) and its members (29 national networks and 18 European organisations) representing hundreds of organisations on the ground working with thousands of European citizens as well as other partners supporting a social Europe. It calls on the candidates to the European Elections to commit, by signing, to the fight against poverty, social exclusion and inequalities. The campaign was officially launched on 04/03/2014 in a press briefing with MEPs and candidates to the European Elections.
Success for the Campaign EU Money for poverty Reduction NOW!
From June 2012 till November 2013, EAPN with 19 other social NGOs ran the Campaign EU Money for Poverty Reduction NOW! to back the European Commission's proposal, welcomed by all social NGOs and also supported by the European Parliament, to allocate:
- 25% of the Cohesion Policy budget to the European Social Fund and
- 20% of the ESF to social inclusion and poverty reduction
In the framework of our campaign, we launched a petition on Avaaz.org that collected around 12,500 signatures.
Mark the date! Hearing in the European Parliament next 17/02!
On 17 February our European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Water is a human right!” will be the subject of a public hearing in the European Parliament. The same day we will meet with the European Commission. In line with the regulation on ECIs we will be given the opportunity to explain our demands in both sessions. The meeting with the Commission is a closed session but the hearing in the European Parliament (EP) is open to anyone who registers in advance.
24 out of 27 Member States have minimum income schemes in place at this present time, but there are serious flaws with their accessibility and their adequacy. It is time to state clearly that adequate Minimum Income schemes are a fundamental prerequisite for an EU based on social justice and equal opportunities for all!
See the current EAPN Campaign on Adequate Minimum Income on www.adequateincome.eu.
Minimum income can be defined as a non contributory income guarantee that enables people who cannot fend for themselves, to receive a minimum amount of monetary income.
24 out of 27 Member States have minimum income schemes in place at this present time, but there are serious flaws with the accessibility and the adequacy of these schemes.