APF Malta welcomes Green Paper ‘A Framework for Poverty Reduction and for Social Inclusion’

18/03/2014 – APF Malta welcomes the Green Paper ‘A Framework for Poverty Reduction and for Social Inclusion’ issued by the Maltese Government, with satisfaction and considers this document as an important step to combat poverty and social exclusion. The Green Paper stands as a thorough and positive roadmap to tackle this reality. As a network of NGOs working with people experiencing poverty, APF Malta collected feedback from all member organisations on this Green Paper and forwarded feedback to the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity.

EAPN Spain meets on EAPN’s European Parliament elections campaign and participates in “Challenges in advocacy for the NGO agenda” roundtable

19/03/2014 – EAPN Spain held its Executive Committee, represented by local networks (19) and state agencies (16) more than 8,000 institutions throughout the State, on the premises of the Platform of the Third Sector. The meeting focused on the EAPN campaign on the European elections 2014, which calls on the candidates for the upcoming elections to commit to the fight against poverty, social exclusion and inequality in Europe.

The Poverty Alliance (member of EAPN UK): New edition of Poverty in Scotland series of books

20/03/2014 – The Child Poverty Action Group in association with the Poverty Alliance (EAPN in Scotland), the Open University and Glasgow Caledonian University have published a new edition of Poverty in Scotland series of books. The latest edition focuses on the key social justice and anti-poverty issues facing Scotland as it decides its constitutional future on the 18th of September 2014. As well as looking at the Scottish situation, the collection contains articles look at the experience of tackling poverty in Germany, Belgium, the Basque Country, Catalonia and others.

EAPN Estonia: Raising awareness on poverty and extreme poverty

24/02 – On the occasion of the celebration of Estonian Independence Day at St. Olaf’s Church, EAPN Estonia organised an awareness-raising event around poverty and extreme poverty. The event aimed at gathering Tallinn’s homeless people, people who consider themselves to be living in poverty as well as decision makers. This event, open to the public, was also attended by two MEPs Indrek Tarand and Ivari Padar. In Strasbourg that day, Tunne Kelam however expressed his support.

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Electing Champions for a Social Europe: EAPN National Networks on board!

04/03/2014 – Most EAPN National Networks have alerted national and local media on the launch of EAPN’s campaign around the European Elections Electing Champions for a Social Europe. Along with European Organisations, some of which also participated in the press briefing with MEPs and candidates to the 2014, they have also been active on social media and are on board for this active 2-month campaign!

MEPs lay out final offer on bank single resolution mechanism

05/03/2014 – The lead MEPs in charge for the second pillar of banking union, the single resolution mechanism, have begun preparing texts for Parliament’s April plenary vote. These texts will take on board concerns of some member states in a spirit of compromise, while at the same time maintaining a credible and fair system, able to reach the fundamental goals. The MEPs restate that they will not sign up to a system with serious and evident flaws.

EAPN Ireland news: new report on human impacts of austerity and preparation for Social Inclusion Forum

New report from Community Platform on the human impacts of austerity

25/02/2014 – a new report by a network of 30 leading Irish national organisations working against poverty and inequality highlights the Government’s failure to protect the most vulnerable in society. It warns that the dual attack of unemployment and relentless cuts at national and local level has pushed individuals, families and communities into poverty.

Macedonian Anti-Poverty Platform (MAPP) working on Youth in 2014

21/02/2014 – The Macedonian Anti-Poverty Platform (MAPP) has created and started implementing a youth policy through a multi sectoral approach. In order to meet youth needs and interests, MAPP’s goal is to promote youth organizing, establishing measures and recommendations associated with young people and their activities, strengthening their participation in the public life and informing them.

Kisa (member of EAPN Cyprus): : Immigration department appears to be accountable to no one

19/02/2014 – Kisa, a member of EAPN Cyprus, has forwarded us this editorial article by the Cyprus Mail, “Immigration department appears to be accountable to no one”, which raises the issues of systematic contempt of the Supreme Court’s decisions, violation of the rule of law and abuse of power by the Civil Registry and Migration Department (CRMD) of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Cyprus.