In October EAPN Ireland is organising four Regional Workshops and six focus groups on Ireland’s National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2008-2010 which was submitted last week to the European Commission as part of their National Report on Strategies for Social Protection and Social Inclusion.
Amid suggestions that the Irish government intends to amalgamate or abolish the Combat Poverty Agency (CPA) EAPN Ireland believes the CPA continues to play a crucial role in the fight against poverty.
EAPN Malta just released a new report on poverty and inequality in Malta, which is based on the results of focus groups meeting which were organized during June and July 2008.
EAPN Portugal recently started leading the “Bridges for Inclusion” project, with the participation of EAPN Castilla La Mancha (Spain), EAPN Flanders (Belgium), EAPN Bulgaria, EAPN Europe, as well as the Caritas Romania Confederation and the International Labour Organisation.
How to ensure a better access to social NGOs to structural funds? Report from Malta training seminars
Improving social NGOs’ information and awareness of structural funds’ schemes, but also supporting them in developing their administrative capacity is crucial if we want structural funds to make a better impact in the fight against social exclusion.
Statistics released on 10 June by the Irish Central Statistics Office show that despite Ireland having the second highest levels of GDP in the EU, at 45.4% above the EU average, its poverty rate is still above the EU average.
‘No’ vote to EU Treaty referendum highlights people’s belief that the EU is not addressing their social needs, says EAPN Ireland
EAPN Ireland concludes that the rejection of the Treaty highlights the need for a more social Europe.
EAPN Ireland accuses Government of failing to consult people who experience poverty in the development of European social inclusion plan
EAPN Ireland calls on the Irish Minister of Social and Family Affairs to reconsider the decision not to involve people who experience poverty and organisations who work with them in developing the forthcoming National Action Plan on Social Inclusion 2008-2010.
In the run up to the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty on 12th June, EAPN Ireland has produced a review on the social aspects of the Treaty. This review presents arguments for and against the Treaty, and examines the potential impact of the Treaty on the future of the European social project.