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“Better Europe” needs a transformative, social and economic agenda | Letter to President Juncker urgently calling for a clear new direction in the Annual Growth Survey for 2017

On October 11,  The European Anti-Poverty Network wrote a letter to President Juncker, urgently calling for a clear new direction in the Annual Growth Survey (AGS) for 2017, due to be launched in November. EAPN has actively engaged with its members in the European Semester at national and EU level since 2010, in order to get…

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What Progress on Social Europe? | EAPN Assessment of the National Reform Programmes 2016

11/10/2016 – EAPN publishes its Assessment of the National Reform Programmes (NRPs) 2016, answering the question What progress on Social Europe? It is based on EAPN members’ assessment of the NRPs, reflecting on the effectiveness of policies and their implementation in relation to the social targets (poverty, but also employment and education targets), the use of EU funds…

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How the European Commission can make a European Pillar of Social Rights fit for children

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights, and its aspiration to achieve a “social triple-A rating” by re-balancing the EU’s existing prioritisation of financial and economic concerns with social issues. We recognise that this new social rights initiative has the potential to help…

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EAPN joins 177 organisations in calling for a new Europe for people, planet & prosperity for all!

CONCORD Europe, WWF, ETUC and the European Youth Forum drafted a common statement on the future of Europe, supported by EAPN among 177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions. Europe is at a crossroads, and the future of European cooperation and the benefits it brings are at stake. This is about the future of our…

17 October 2016 Day for eradication of poverty

17 October international day for the eradication of poverty | national activities

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Poverty eradication remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the development of the new Sustainable…

No Sanctions, No Fines | Sanctions on Spain and Portugal will delay economic recovery, generate poverty and create more disaffection with the EU

Sanctions on Spain and Portugal will delay economic recovery, generate poverty and create more disaffection with the EU Brussels, 25 July 2016 – On 12 July 2016, the Council found that Portugal and Spain had not taken effective action in response to its recommendations on measures to correct their excessive deficits. It confirmed that the two countries will not…

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EAPN inputs to Commission Structured Dialogue on the Social Pillar

Fintan Farrell, Acting Director of EAPN, made an input to the European Commission’s structured dialogue session on the ‘future of work and welfare’ in the context of the debate about the European Social Pillar. The main argument: Fighting for more equity between and within the EU Member States should be the major project of the EU. Inputs…