EAPN’s initial response to Country-Specific Recommendations | More CSRs on poverty but austerity still dominant

Brussels, 23 May 2016 – On 18 May, the European Commission published the 2016 Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) proposals. EAPN welcomes the increased number of CSRs with a focus on ‘poverty reduction and social inclusion’ from 6 (2015) to 11 Member States (BG, CZ, ES, HR, HU, IE, IT, LV, PT, RO, SK), underpinned by Commissioner…

EAPN Supports the Ratification Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR)

Did you know that May 5 was the three-year anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR)? This treaty, which has been ratified by 21 countries, ensures that citizens who have experienced violations of their economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) have…

EAPN’s 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE | From the Delors White Paper (1993) to the EU Pillar of Social Rights (2016), what future for the fight against poverty in Europe

From the Delors White Paper (1993) to the EU Pillar of Social Rights (2016), what future for the fight against poverty EAPN’s response – building on 25 years combating poverty, inequality and exclusion EAPN held its conference on 16 June 2016 to provide a concrete and timely input to the key European Commission consultation on…

EAPN Assessment of the Country Reports and Proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations 2016

26/04/2016 – EAPN presents its full assessment of the 2016 Country Reports, released on 26 February 2016, and puts forward proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs), based on inputs from National Networks European Organisations in our membership. EAPN wants the European Semester to deliver results on the Europe 2020 goals of inclusive and sustainable growth, and to deliver on…

Barometer Report | EAPN’s Monitoring the implementation of the 20% of the European Social Funds for the fight against poverty

21/03/2016 – Today EAPN released its Barometer Report – Monitoring the implementation of the (at least) 20% of the European Social Fund that should be devoted to fight against poverty during the period 2014-2020 at a side-event organised by EAPN at the Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth 2016. The aim of this report is to…

EAPN booklet on Social Innovation

03/03/2016 – EAPN launched its new booklet “The contribution of meaningful Social Innovation to reducing poverty and social exclusion in Europe” in the European Parliament. Social innovation has been a ‘buzz’ term in European discourse over the past years. However, the definition and use of the concept remain tenuous, and there is still ongoing debate…

European Commission launches consultation package on a European Pillar of Social Rights

08/03/2016 – the European Commission launched a public consultation on a European Pillar of Social Rights. EAPN welcomes an initiative that is rooted in a rights-based perspective. We hope that it can be an important step towards rebalancing the European Union agenda and giving social considerations, including the fight against poverty and social exclusion, their…