23/09/12 – Sian Jones, EAPN’s policy coordinator co-organising EAPN’s 2012 annual conference “Is Europe 2020 delivering on poverty?”, explains why it is crucial that the EU changes tack NOW. Europe is in crisis, but European Governments continue to implement austerity measures as the only solution to solve it. EU leaders have a key role in this, as they keep pressing Governments to apply them. Austerity measures, which have a direct impact on poverty: cuts on services, benefits, on the quality of jobs, undermine any kind of recovery and push more and more people into poverty and extreme poverty. The situation is appalling and needs a change of tack, NOW.