EAPN Belgium: Event on Housing 

On 26 March, EAPN Belgium (BAPN) organised in Liege a full-day event on the access to and exercice of housing rights in Europe. People living in poverty or having lived in poverty will testify and will propose recommendations to the federal Government and Europe. This was its third public event on the important question of housing and the 2nd major event of BAPN’s 2010 European Year programme.


EAPN Ireland: Irish Government can prove that we’re all “stronger in Europe by supporting European target to reduce poverty

On 26 March, the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland welcomed the decision by European Union Heads of State to make the reduction of Poverty one of the 5 key objectives and targets for the EU’s new Europe 2020 strategy for the next decade. However, EAPN Ireland has expressed considerable concern that a decision on the adoption of poverty targets and progress indicators has been deferred until June.

National Networks lobbying on the Europe 2020 strategy

In this period EAPN National Networks have been busy lobbying their National Governments to support the poverty target in the Europe 2020 Strategy.  Most Networks have written to their Prime Ministers and have been in touch with officials in the relevant Ministries. EAPN Belgium had a series of meetings with Ministers and cabinets of Ministers and has a meeting with their Prime Minister in advance of the Spring Council. 

EAPN Austria starts 2010 activities with conference on distribution and a good life for all

{jathumbnail}More then 400 participants – from social NGOs, self‐organisations of people experiencing poverty, public authorities, and from the research community – attended the 8th Austrian Poverty Conference on 23rd/24th February in Salzburg. The conference focused on issues of distribution, capabilities and quality of life and included Richard Wilkinson (author of ‘The spirit level’) as keynote speaker…

Opening of the 2010 Year in France!

László Andor, the new EU Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion attended the opening conference of the 2010 European Year in Paris. It was the first public engagement of the EU Commissioner. 60 projects that will receive funding from the National Implementing Body in France were presented. In his intervention, Fintan Farrell, Director of EAPN, called for support for an EU target in the fight against poverty and social exclusion…