EAPN participates in Spring Alliance Event – Go Green, Be social

05/12/2013 – EAPN participated in this Spring Alliance event, to try to look at how to move towards a social and sustainable agenda, focussing on the specific elements of environmental taxes and the social implications. The event was supported by the King Baudouin Foundation, hosted by Pervenche Beres, and included discussion on an independent report developed for the Alliance “ Environmental Taxes and Equity concerns”.

Praksis (member of EAPN Greece) release their publication and video Plus To Minus

Dec 2013 – The effects of the Greek financial crisis, the rate of layoffs, the increasing rate of taxation, pay cuts and pensions reductions, the recorded loss of property due to lack of ability to repay bank loans along with the general financial insecurity arising from pension reforms, have created an unusual alarming phenomenon: the rise of poverty and precarious conditions for a substantial amount of households in Greece that were self-sufficient up to now and are now facing the terrifying reality of homelessness.The publication gives key data on poverty in Greece and other EU countries. It goes along with a short 36-second video.

EESC opinion on minimum income and poverty indicators approved!

10/12 – the EESC opinion on minimum income and poverty indicators, an own initiative report (SOC/482) promoted by Mr Dassis (Workers Group II/Greece) with co-rapporteur Mr Boland (Various interests – GR III/Ireland was approved in the plenary session. EAPN has been actively involved in providing input to the opinion, in two hearings and by written input, with EAPN Ireland providing specific input to the co-rapporteur. The opinion was presented by the EESC in the EMIN event in Paris on 09/10. The opinion includes a call for ‘’a European framework directive that would extend minimum income schemes to all Member States, improve the adequacy of existing schemes, taking into account national contexts’.. the proposed directive should ‘ set common standards and indicators’ and to examine the funding possibilities for a European Minimum Income in particular setting up an appropriate European Fund“. It builds on the demand made by Committee of the Regions opinion on the European Platform Against Poverty, based on input from EAPN.

Peer Review in Belgium: The Belgian Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion EU 2020

15/01/2014 – Paul Ginnell, from EAPN Ireland and co-chair of the European Inclusion Strategies Group of EAPN, represented EAPN at the EU Peer Review of the Belgian Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion EU2020 which took place on 14-15 January. He also drafted EAPN’s Comments Paper on the Peer Review, with the support of Elke Vandermeerschen, from BAPN (EAPN Belgium) and Sian Jones, Policy Coordinator for EAPN Europe. At the Peer Review, EAPN was represented by Paul Ginnell and BAPN by Anatole Kontsybovslyï, Crina Costache, Dabiel Ausloos, Daniël Meuleman, Elke Vandermeerschen, Ludo Horemans and Stephan Backes.

Macedonian Anti-Poverty Platform (MAPP) holds Meeting of People experiencing poverty

24/12/2013 – As part of the joint initiative Decent Minimum Income with other stakeholders, the MAPP held its 3rd Meeting of People experiencing poverty and social exclusion under the tile of “Dignified life for all citizens” in Hotel Porta, in Skopje. The main goals of the meeting were to ensure democratic debate amongst all concerned parties and active involvement in decision making for people living in poverty and social exclusion.

EAPN Netherlands: News from the network – participation and what way forward in 2014? by Jo Bothmer

October 2013 – EAPN NL had a meeting of old and new organizations which were/are interested in co operating with EAPN NL in the fight against poverty and social exclusion. We were hoping to have at least a few new –might be- members present. So we were positively surprised to see that 8 new organizations, working on local, regional and national level attended this meeting.