2010

EAPN Conference on the demand of a EU directive on Minimum Income (Brussels): Having as background the working paper “Framework Directive on Minimum Income”, this Conference was quite an important moment for EAPN. The main arguments raised were: An adequate minimum income for a dignified life is a fundamental right and a prerequisite for eradicating…

2009

8th European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty: “Housing, Financial Inclusion and access to basic services” The 8th Meeting of people experiencing poverty took place in Brussels on 15 and 16 May 2009. 20th GA – Vienna (Austria): “Social Progress in a time of Crisis – Building the EU WE Want.” Lisbon Treaty: The approval of…

2008

7th European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty: “Four Pillars in the fight against poverty” 124 delegates with experience of poverty attended it from the EU Member States and approximately the same number of representatives of national governments, the European Commission, European non-governmental organisations and social partners.   19th GA – Albena (Bulgaria): “Ensuring a lasting…

2007

6th European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty: “Progress made, future steps” It took place on 4/5 May 2007 under the German EU Council Presidency in Brussels. The theme was “Progress made, future steps”.   18th GA – Budapest (Hungary): “Fighting Poverty in the EU -Which way forward for the 50 year old?”   Enlargement of…

2006

Election of tbe 7th president: Ludo Horemans (Belgium) and he will stay for six years (two mandates) as President (2006-2012)   5th European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty “How do we cope with every day life?” The 5th Meeting took place in Brussels on 12-13 May 2006. The theme was “How do we cope with…

2005

4th European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty: “The most important thing is to take part” The outstanding innovation of the 4th Meeting is to have opened up the dialogue between the “ambassadors” of people experiencing poverty and “invited guests”, the key contacts at official and decision-making levels.   16th GA – Liverpool (UK): “Delivering the…

2004

3rd European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty: “Participation is a two way street” The theme of the 3rd European Meeting of People experiencing Poverty held in Brussels on 28-29 May 2004 focused on the importance of Governments at national and EU levels actively engaging with people experiencing poverty on their situations.   Enlargement of the…

2003

2nd European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty: “Good Participation practices” The second European meeting of people experiencing poverty took place on 10th and 11th May 2003 in Brussels under the Greek Presidency. Election of the 6th President: Maria Marinakou (Greece) and she will stay for three years (one mandate) as President (2003-2006)   14th GA…

2002

Hiring of the 2nd Director: Fintan Farrel (Ireland) and he will stay as Director for 10 years (2002-2012)   13th GA – Berlin (Germany): “Putting Rights at the Centre of the EU Strategy against Social Exclusion.” First EU Round Table for Social Inclusion: The main role for the Round Tables (an important part of the…

2001

1st People experiencing poverty EU meeting: When the Lisbon Strategy was approved, EAPN made all the efforts possible to include in the Open Method of Coordination an annual European meeting of people experiencing poverty formally as part of the process. However it was not possible to reach the necessary political commitment for that to happen.…