Poverty calling: EAPN CALLS ON EUROPEANS TO VOTE FOR A EUROPE FREE OF POVERTY
European Anti-Poverty Network and its members throughout the EU call on Europeans to make their voices heard and help shape a more social Europe
Brussels, 08/05/2014 – Anti-poverty organizations across the European Union are calling on Europeans to vote in the next European elections and elect candidates to the European Parliament who are explicitly committed to fighting poverty, social exclusion and inequalities in the European Union. In view of 9th May, which is celebrated as Europe Day, European and national anti-poverty networks come together to remind Europeans that the EU they want depends on the new Parliament they will elect. Over a period of several days around 9th May, EAPN national members, from Finland to Portugal, are holding national, regional and local events.
“Over the last months, EAPN has reached out to candidates to the European election asking them for their commitment to fight for a more Social Europe, free of poverty, social exclusion and inequalities. And many candidates have responded, signing up to EAPN’s campaign and its manifesto. This time it must be different. To safeguard Democracy we need a European Parliament that is on the side of the people and fully represent their main interests. And among the most important and decisive one’s is the fight against Poverty.” said Sérgio Aires, President of EAPN.