21/03/2014 – The Belgian Anti-Poverty Network (BAPN) and the Flemish Anti-Poverty Network (Netwerk tegen Armoede) reacted to the declarations of Maggie De Block, Belgian Secretary of State for Social Inclusion and the Fight against Poverty, who reacted to the increase in poverty in Belgium (1/5 children in Belgium grows up in poverty, 1/3 in the Brussels Region) by the National Plan for the Fight against Child Poverty. One of the objectives of this Plan is to be readable and accessible for children themselves.However, BAPN and its Flemish regional network point out numerous counterproductive measures taken by the current federal government, clashing with their ‘well-intentioned’ objectives described in the National Plan for the Fight against Child Poverty, as these measures clearly contribute to aggravate poverty:
01/04/2014 – With more than 10 million taxpayers who chose to mark their solidarity by ticking the box “Activities of general and social interest” for 2013, € 278,918,000 million euro have been collected , which will contribute to implement this year 1,135 programs benefitting to nearly 6 million people in poverty or at risk of poverty.
On 25 May, Belgium will vote at European level but also at Belgian level (for the federal and regional Parliaments). Belgium and Europe need political decision makers who get formally committed for a more social Belgium and Europe, to stop impoverishing policies and take concrete and efficient actions to eradicate poverty in Belgium and Europe. The Belgian Anti-Poverty Network (BAPN) is campaigning with three manifestos for the federal (national) and European elections:
EAPN Ireland and the Community Workers Cooperative (CWC) carried out 10 meetings across Ireland in preparation for the 2014 Social Inclusion Forum which took place on 1st April.
19/03/2014 – March 31st marks the end of the winter break, which means evictions suspended during winter will resume and emergency winter accomodation facilities closing down. While figures of the Barometer 115 for the month of February 2014 show an extreme saturation of the accommodation in the 37 departments studied with only 44% of accommodation requests that were responded to (55% in Paris), several hundreds of places will close down on March 31 without any solution for people.
13/03/2014 – EAPN Poland organized in Warsaw a seminar “In work poverty in the EU and Poland”. The seminar started by presentation of Peter Kelly from the Poverty Alliance (EAPN Scotland) who told the participants about EAPN’s recommendation on in-work poverty and about the similarities in that respect between Scotland and Poland.
EAPN Ireland: mark the dates! Social Inclusion Forum, 2014 and workshops ahead of European elections!
EAPN Ireland is preparing the Social Inclusion Forum 2014 to be held on 1st April 2014. The network is also organising workshops in each constituency for anti-poverty groups,where all candidates are invited to take part.
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.
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.