17th European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty:
“Poverty & Access to Education: let’s make education a way out of poverty! Over a hundred people experiencing poverty from 30 European countries prepared around this topic and came in Brussels on 7-8 November to share their knowledge and experience with each other, and with EU decision-makers.
Make EU Poverty Free: European Parliament Elections Campaign
Election of the 9th President:
Carlos Susías (Spain) elected for a mandate of 3 years (2018-2021)
30th GA – Vienna (Austria):
“Make Europe poverty free”
“On our watch” action:
In 2013- 2014 the EAPN launched the campaign Electing Champions for a Social Europe to encourage political candidates in the European parliamentary elections to take forward the fight against poverty and to build a more democratic and human European dimension. The campaign was a great success as EAPN managed to gather the commitment of over 10% of the newly elected MEPs to fighting poverty within a context of low turn-out and rise of populist parties. To find out if the European Parliament lived up to its commitments, European Civil Society Organisations have joined forces in a new initiative called #onourwatchEU. It aims to make a mid-term assessment of the work of the MEPs on a variety of issues since 2014. The platform focuses on topics that directly affect European citizens such as fighting poverty, corruption, youth participation, etc. EAPN has joined the project, launched by the European Youth Forum, European Movement International and IHECS Brussels School and has been assessing the anti-poverty work of the signatories of the EAPN pledge but also of other MEPs.
EAPN Fund Raising Campaign:
Following the strategic thinking process, and having as intention in 2019 to be focusing on strengthening the anti-poverty movement throughout Europe, EAPN decided to launch an online fundraising campaign with the following objectives:
- Build the next generation of anti-poverty activists. We want to build up pot of money that will allow our members to engage young people (16-30) throughout Europe in the fight against poverty.
- Train key anti-poverty activists throughout Europe in the latest and most innovative campaign tactics.
- 1000 euros was raised, which will allow 2 members to trial programmes to engage groups of young people in the anti-poverty movement.
17th October action:
Nobody deserves less, everybody benefits”: On 17 October 2018,the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, EAPN called on the EU to MAKE EUROPE POVERTY FREE! In Brussels as well as in several other cities in Europe, the message “Nobody deserves less, everybody benefits” #EUPovertyFree was projected on big public buildings, the hash tag was used on Twitter together with an invitation for people to sign the EAPN petition for Guaranteed Minimum Income Schemes.
ASSIST 2gether(Support Network for Household Energy Saving) Project:
ASSIST (Support Network for Household Energy Saving) is a European project funded by the European Commission under the H2020 programme. Its aim is to fight energy poverty by actively engaging consumers in the energy market, generating a positive change of behaviour in relation to energy consumption and to influence the design of energy poverty-oriented policies. Addressing both energy and social issues, ASSIST intends to contribute to tackling the main barriers of the energy market (taking into account electricity and heating) faced by a specific segment of people: vulnerable consumers with special focus on energy poor. ASSIST, started on the 1st of May 2017, foresees the development of several activities over a 3 year period in 6 European countries: Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium and Finland. EAPN’s main role in the project is to lead on the policy orientation work of the project and more specifically to create a European Vulnerable Consumers Steering Committee (VCSC) that will communicate to the 28 member states and support project partners in the creation of National Vulnerable Consumers’ Steering Committees. The inputs and feedback received during the national and European meetings will be used to develop a policy recommendation paper.