On 25 May, Belgium will vote at European level but also at Belgian level (for the federal and regional Parliaments). Belgium and Europe need political decision makers who get formally committed for a more social Belgium and Europe, to stop impoverishing policies and take concrete and efficient actions to eradicate poverty in Belgium and Europe. The Belgian Anti-Poverty Network (BAPN) is campaigning with three manifestos for the federal (national) and European elections:
- a common manifesto of the Belgian Minimum Income Network (BMIN) – gathering anti-poverty networks, trade unions, academics and other organizations with regard to adequate minimum income;
- manifesto of BAPN for the federal elections in Belgium;
- manifesto of EAPN for the European elections.
BAPN is contacting candidates to the European Parliament elections so that they take EAPN’s pledge and is organizing meetings with the different parties in order to discuss BAPN’s and BMIN’s recommendations. BAPN also wants to inform the voters on the parties’ positions. Therefore, beginning of May, BAPN will publish and disseminate the answers that the different parties have sent back to us concerning five major topics (with regard to adequate minimum income, unemployment benefits, quality jobs, health and tax justice).